Talking about Detective Fiction

From the birth of crime writing with Wilkie Collins and Dostoevsky, through Conan Doyle to the Golden Age of crime, with the rise of Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh and Margery Allingham, P. D. James brings a lifetime of reading and writing crime fiction to bear on this personal history of the genre. There are chapters on great American crime writers – the likes of Patricia Highsmith, Raymond Chandler and Dashiel Hammett. James also discusses many of her favourite famous detectives, from Sherlock Holmes to Philip Marlowe.

In Talking about Detective Fiction, James presents a incisive history of detective fiction and explores the literary techniques behind history’s best crime writing.

Book details

Series: Non-fiction

First published: 2009

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