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The Crime Novel: A Deviant Genre
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Texas Pr
Publication date December 1, 1990
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780292711365
ISBN-10 0292711360
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 9.25 in.
Weight 0.70 lbs.
Original list price $19.95
Other format details university press
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Although rarely distinguished from the detective story, the crime novel offers readers a quite different experience. In the detective novel, a sympathetic detective figure uses reason and intuition to solve the puzzle, restore order, and reassure readers that "right" will always prevail. In the crime novel, by contrast, the "hero" is either the killer, the victim, a guilty bystander, or someone falsely accused, and the crime may never be satisfactorily solved.

These and other fundamental differences are set out by Tony Hilfer in The Crime Novel, the first book that completely defines and explores this popular genre. Hilfer offers convincing evidence that the crime novel should be regarded as a genre distinct from the detective novel, whose conventions it subverts to develop conventions of its own.

Hilfer provides in-depth analyses of novels by Georges Simenon, Margaret Millar, Patricia Highsmith, and Jim Thompson. He also treats such British novelists as Patrick Hamilton, Shelley Smith, and Marie Belloc Lowndes, as well as the American novelists Cornell Woolrich, John Franklin Bardin, James M. Cain, and Fredric Brown. In addition, he defines the distinctions between the American crime novel and the British, showing how their differences correspond to differences in American and British detective fiction.

This well-written study will appeal to a general audience, as well as teachers and students of detective and mystery fiction. For anyone interested in the genre, it offers valuable suggestions of "what to read next."



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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780292711310
 
With William Sheehan (other contributor), James Lequeux, Bernard Sheehan (other contributor) | 1 edition from Univ of Texas Pr (December 1, 1990)
9780292711310 | details & prices | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $30.00
This edition also contains Le Verrier: Magnificent and Detestable Astronomer
About: Although rarely distinguished from the detective story, the crime novel offers readers a quite different experience.
Paperback
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from Univ of Texas Pr (December 1, 1990)
9780292711365 | details & prices | 6.00 × 9.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $19.95
About: Although rarely distinguished from the detective story, the crime novel offers readers a quite different experience.

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