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Crime Uncovered: Detective

For most of the twentieth century, the private eye dominated crime fiction and film, a lone figure fighting for justice, often in opposition to the official representatives of law and order. More recently, however, the police have begun to take center stage—as exemplified by the runaway success of TV police procedurals like Law and Order. In Crime Uncovered: Detective, Barry Forshaw offers an exploration of some of the most influential and popular fictional police detectives in the history of the genre.

Taking readers into the worlds of such beloved authors as P. D. James, Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbø, Ian Rankin, and Håkan Nesser, this book zeroes in on the characteristics that define the iconic characters they created, discussing how they relate to their national and social settings, questions of class, and to the criminals they relentlessly pursue. Showing how the role of the authority figure has changed—and how each of these writers creates characters who work both within and against the strictures of official investigations—the book shows how creators cleverly subvert expectations of both police procedure and the crime genre itself.

Written by a leading expert in the field and drawn from interviews with the featured authors, Crime Uncovered: Detectivewill thrill the countless fans of Inspector Rebus, Harry Hole, Adam Dalgliesh, and the other enduring police detectives who define the genre.

220 pages | 10 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2015

Crime Uncovered

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“After a brisk introduction, this volume, edited by Forshaw, offers insights into a variety of twentieth- and twenty-first century iterations of the form. Crime fiction, he argues, is a genre that, while necessarily prescriptive, offers the possibility of ‘acute social critique.’ Although the surface pleasures of the detective story are considerable, the writers whom Forshaw has enlisted are at their most intriguing when discussing subtext. . . . The figure of the detective, a literary staple for more than a century-and-a-half, remains complex, shifting and fiercely modem. As Forshaw’s book makes plain, it still has much to offer in its curious combination of the comforting and confrontational.”

Times Literary Supplement

Table of Contents

Editor’s Introduction
Case Studies
Contributor Biographies

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