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Crime Fiction: A Reader's Guide

by Barry Forshaw

Crime / Mystery The Real World

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The perfect book, and present for any crime fiction lovers out there. Packed with information, this was first published ten years ago, and has just been updated. The foreword by Ian Rankin delves into the reputation of the crime novel and what he thinks makes it so popular. Barry Forshaw is a leading crime fiction and film expert, he edits Crime Time, writes for newspapers, broadcasts, chairs events, and has written a number of books about crime fiction. He begins with his thoughts on the direction crime fiction will take, the origins of the crime novel, and a few chosen classics before moving on to his selection ‘of the best in crime writing from the last century or so, organised by subject (or subgenre)’. From amateur investigators, to cops, private eyes, crime and society, cosy crime, and psychopaths and serial killers, the different categories in crime is simply huge. How on earth did Barry Forshaw manage it, it must have turned his brain inside out! The first thing I did was to turn to some of my much loved crime authors in the indexes to see where they were. Screen adaptations are also included, along with notes, thoughts, profiles, and favourite books or best introductions to the work of an author. At the end you will find an index of titles, authors and directors. Crime Fiction A Reader’s Guide can be summed up as a must-read for crime fiction lovers. 

Liz Robinson

Crime Fiction: A Reader's Guide Synopsis

Are you a lover of crime fiction looking for new discoveries or hoping to rediscover old favourites? Then look no further.

There are few contemporary crime fiction guides that cover everything from the golden age to current bestselling writers from America, Britain and all across the world, but the award-winning Barry Forshaw, one of the UK’s leading experts in the field, has provided a truly comprehensive survey with definitive coverage in this expanded new edition of the much admired Rough Guide to Crime Fiction.

Every major writer is included, along with many other more esoteric choices. Focusing on a key book (or books) by each writer, and with essays on key crime genres, Crime Fiction: A Reader’s Guide (with a foreword by Ian Rankin) is designed to be both a crime fan’s shopping list and a pithy, opinionated but unstuffy reference tool and history. Most judgements are generous (though not uncritical), and there is a host of entertaining, informed entries on related films and TV.

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Crime Fiction: A Reader's Guide Press Reviews

'Most comprehensive, accessible and readable guides to noir crime fiction' - Times

'An essential volume for the crime and thriller aficionado' - Shots Magazine

'Exemplary tour of the crime landscape... supremely readable' - Independent

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ISBN: 9780857303356
Publication date: 07/11/2019
Publisher: Oldcastle Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780857303356
Publication date: 7th November 2019
Author: Barry Forshaw
Publisher: Oldcastle Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 448 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, The Real World,
Categories: Literary studies: general,

About Barry Forshaw

Barry Forshaw is a writer and journalist specialising in crime fiction and cinema. His books include The Man Who Left Too Soon: The Life and Works of Stieg Larsson (2010), British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia (2008), The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction (2007), Italian Cinema: Arthouse to Exploitation (2006) and the forthcoming British Crime Film (2012), and he has contributed to the Directory of World Cinema. He has also written for a variety of national newspapers as well as for Movie Mail, Waterstone's Books Quarterly and Good Book Guide and is editor of the online Crime Time magazine. He is also a talking head for ...

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