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"Including a helpful introduction by Rzepka and conclusion by both editors, the volume is a welcome addition to the impressive "Blackwell Companion to Literature and Culture" series and to scholarship on crime and detective literature. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers. " (Choice, 1July 2011)

"Whilst the editors admit that the collection is not entirely representative (there is no mention of Japanese manga, for instance, or any consideration of hybrids of crime and science fiction), this companion offers an encyclopaedic account of crime fiction and its generic cross-fertilisations, and is an essential guide for students and scholars alike." (Routledge ABES, 2011)

"This substantial and informative book covers a wide variety of themes within the genre and also a long time span from the eighteenth century to the present . . . It will give all aficionados of the genre hours of enjoyment. It is indeed a trusty companion that will entertain and add to our knowledge." (Reference Reviews, 2011)

"It will give all aficionados of the genre hours of enjoyment. It is indeed a trusty companion that will entertain and add to our knowledge." (Languages & Literature, 2011)

"Several of the contributors praise books and authors long out of print. Hopefully, this companion will encourage readers and librarians to hunt them down and enjoy." (Book News, 1 March 2011)

"In all, despite its shortcomings in terms of narratology and a few logical inconsistencies, Rzepka and Horsley's Companion to Crime Fiction offers a broad-ranging and well-argued introduction to this field of popular culture. Beginning students will certainly profit from its thematic diversity and wide historical reach." (Kult Online, 2011)

"A Companion to Crime Fiction goes into enormous detail but is reasonably easy to read.  It is not an academic-styled book but a guide to how crime fiction has developed over time to accommodate an increasingly demanding audience/reader.  With essays from some of the most educated scholars in this field of research, the reader gains a greater understanding in terms of a general overview of the genre, individual authors and producers of film, the blurred lines between crime fiction and other genres and an in depth, well researched analysis of crime fiction itself." (M/C Reviews, November 2010)

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This cutting edge Companion brings together a series of forty-seven original essays from some of the world’s leading authorities to provide the definitive guide to crime fiction from its origins in the eighteenth century to its phenomenal present day popularity  

Part one of the volume follows the development of crime fiction over the last three centuries, examining the traditions and conventions of the genre, as well as its cultural and social contexts, before moving on, in part two, to explore the different types of genres and subgenres that have emerged. The final chapters profile twenty of the most significant crime writers and film makers – from William Godwin to Arthur Conan Doyle to Agatha Christie to Martin Scorsese – examining the ways in which they have shaped and influenced the field.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (March 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405167653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405167659
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,766,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr Garry on March 10, 2013
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A dense collection of academic essays on crime and mystery fiction. This is one for those who want to go beyond reading their favourite authors, and beyond reading what the critics have to say about these authors. If you have a scholarly turn of mind, and don't mind the hefty price, this is for you.
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