By C. Gregoriou
Nominated for the secret Writers of the USA ‘Edgar Awards’! This booklet without delay explores the 3 points of deviance that modern American crime fiction manipulates: linguistic, social, and well-known. Gregoriou conducts case reports into crime sequence by way of James Patterson, Michael Connelly and Patricia Cornwell, and investigates the way those novelists correspondingly problem linguistic norms, the limits of appropriate social habit, and the proper common conventions.
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The detective must not light on any clues which are not instantly produced for the inspection of the reader. 9. The stupid friend of the detective, the Watson, must not conceal any thoughts which pass through his mind; his intelligence must be slightly, but very slightly, below that of the average reader. 10. Twin brothers, and doubles, generally, must not appear unless we have been duly prepared for them. Knox (1929: 1739) Though these rules are intended to be rather humorous, they, in fact, can be said to be genuine prohibitions, or rules of an exclusive nature.
Therefore, in order to interpret the detective story, we must ﬁrst understand why detective stories are written, in what tradition and for what audience. 36 Contemporary Crime Fiction: Constraints and Development 37 Crime ﬁction: origins and development Theorists disagree as to the genre’s origins and, as Porter puts it, historians of detective literature may be differentiated according to whether they take the long or the short view of their subject: Those taking the long view claim that the detective is as old as Oedipus and serendipity or at least eighteenth-century China.
4. No hitherto undiscovered poisons may be used, nor any appliance which will need a long scientiﬁc explanation at the end. 5. No Chinaman must ﬁgure in the story. 6. No accident must ever help the detective, nor must he ever have an unaccountable intuition which proves to be right. 7. The detective must not himself commit the crime. 8. The detective must not light on any clues which are not instantly produced for the inspection of the reader. 9. The stupid friend of the detective, the Watson, must not conceal any thoughts which pass through his mind; his intelligence must be slightly, but very slightly, below that of the average reader.