A drawing of Philip Marlowe, an icon of hard-boiled detective fiction created by author Raymond Chandler.
The archetype can be traced back to 1920s detective fiction, when gruff, gun-toting, cigarette-smoking mavericks became heroic figures.
Australian crime fiction author Peter Corris published 102 novels in lifetimes, including 52 centred on the private investigator Cliff Hardy.
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With The Dying Trade, Peter Corris introduced Australia to one of its most successful crime heroes, Cliff Hardy.
Food can serve many functions in crime fiction, from being used directly as a weapon to expressing cultural belonging, gender or class.
Food is an increasingly popular ingredient in crime fiction, serving up insights into the character of the detective hero and adding spice to the mystery.
Guy Pearce as the Chandleresque private investigator Jack Irish: in the early years of Australian crime fiction, convicts and bushrangers featured prominently.
Australia's rich tradition of crime fiction is little known – early tales told of bushrangers and convicts, one hero was a mining engineer turned amateur detective – but it reveals a range of national myths and fantasies.
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How 4,000-year-old papyrus letters prompted the queen of crime fiction to write Death Comes as the End.
Australian pulp fiction: these works can be read as a symptom, laying bare the unspoken fears, desires, dreams and nightmares of the time.
Mid-20th century pulp fiction was trashy, tasteless, exploitative and lurid. There’s a lot there to love. You might read pulp as a cultural Freudian slip, loony bulletins from the collective Id.
He was pigeonholed as a 'crime writer' but Dexter's intelligent style set him above the genre.
Scientific crime scene analysis is more popular in India's pulp fiction than in real life investigations.
Perfect poolside fiction.
Get your summer reading recommendations from the literature and crime professors themselves.
The work of one legal thriller writer in particular shines a light on two of today's most pressing dilemmas.
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Two sociologists recommend their favourite thriller for your summer reading.
Lisbeth Salander returns in a new Millennium series novel.
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A new novel starring Lisbeth Salander has been written, despite creator Stieg Larsson's death. But is it a continuation, adaption, or pale imitation? What gets lost when authorship changes hands?
Is everything written by an Australian automatically “Australian writing”?
Michael Robotham is the second Australian writer to win the Golden Dagger, but is his book Australian? And does it matter?
CSI and its franchise has achieved something unique: making forensics glamorous and sexy and fuelling public fascination with the dead.
Mishani’s novels centre on rather ordinary Israelis, their ordinary lives and the tragedies that befall them.
Not every crime novel needs a Jason Bourne. Mishani eschews the obvious world of Mossad agents and terrorist plots you might expect in an Israeli crime novel – and the results are thrilling.
A dead formula.
The original book is one of the most influential French crime novels, but the film is an utter flop.
Joaquin Phoenix plays hippy private eye Doc in Inherent Vice.
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In a revealing moment from Inherent Vice, Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 “nostalgia-noir” novel, hippy private eye Doc Sportello speaks to a client, Trillium Fortnight, who is able to diagnose the whereabouts of…
Bloodying the page for 50 years.
The recent death of PD James has – unsurprisingly – received a great deal of attention. What comes across in the many articles, obituaries and interviews are her originality and acute insight, but also…
PD James died on November 27, aged 94.
The news of P D James’s passing has inevitably prompted me to consider the Queen of Crime and what she created. But her death has made me think not of loss, but of what the genre, and me, have gained…
Colonel Mustard, in the kitchen, with the rope.
An increasingly popular weekend pastime among fans of Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Inspector Morse and others, are murder mystery parties at which participants pit their wits against secret killers. But…