Friday's "Forgotten" Book - Detective Fiction: Crime and Compromise - In Reference to Murder

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February 10, 2012


Martin Edwards

I've never heard of this one, but it sounds really interesting.

BV Lawson

It's an interesting way to place crime fiction, specifically "detective" fiction, into a much broader literary context. The book's argument helps reinforce (and helped inspire?) those today who find themselves still fighting against the stigma of crime fiction being "less than" other types of fiction. It's hard to find a new copy, Martin, but there are many used ones out there.

Todd Mason

Dick Allen on his own produced a similar classroom text anthology a couple of years earlier, SCIENCE FICTION: THE FUTURE, which is also attentive to poetry in that mode and altogether similar-sounding, and a fine anthology just to sit and read, as well.

ESQUIRE's guys just like to use that sort of phrase.

BV Lawson

I'll see if I can track it down, Todd!

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