By Julian Symons

ISBN-10: 0670800961

ISBN-13: 9780670800964

This revised and up-to-date learn of crime fiction incorporates a particular postscript which offers with the latest paintings of British crime writers, together with P.D. James and Ruth Rendall, writing as Barbara Vine, and considers American developments in crime writing during the last decade by way of writers equivalent to James Ellroy and Thomas Harris. Umberto Eco's "The identify of the Rose" and different books like Paul Auster's "New York Trilogy", which deal with the crime tale as a metaphysical comic story, additionally are available for sharp remark. In 1990, Julian Symonds was once presented the Cartier Diamond Dagger for prone to crime literature.

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Certain areas of big were cities, was in the in effect private detectives hands of the looked to those that the country London, as of immune from practically detection of crime it that the existing social order visits was New York and other by the Bow Street police, Runners, and the who were operating partly for private reward, and widely thought to be susceptible to bribery. Even when a professional paid police force came into existence after the Metropolitan Police Bow Street Runners survived for another ten years.

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