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Warren Chernaik. London: Macmillan Chicago: U of Chicago P, Simpson, Philip L. Thompson, Jim. The Killer Inside Me. New York: Vintage, Warren, Detective. This site uses functional cookies and external scripts to improve your experience. Which cookies and scripts are used and how they impact your visit is specified on the left. You may change your settings at any time. Your choices will not impact your visit. NOTE: These settings will only apply to the browser and device you are currently using. Serial Killer Fiction An Introduction David Schmid, University at Buffalo How can one provide a reasonably sized overview of a field as large, diverse, and continually expanding as serial killer fiction?

The Mind Hunter Arrives Although serial killer fiction therefore has a venerable history, it would be perverse to deny the fact that the popularity of the genre explodes in the s and beyond. What Does the Future Hold? Works Cited: Bloch, Robert. New York: Belmont-Tower, Brite, Poppy Z.

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The ABC Murders. New York: Pocket Books, Connelly, Michael. The Concrete Blonde. Boston: Little, Brown, Cooper, Dennis. New York: Grove Press, Cornwell, Patricia. New York: Pocket, Deaver, Jeffery. The Bone Collector. NY: Viking Penguin, Ellis, Bret Easton. American Psycho.

New York: Knopf, Harris, Thomas. New York: Delacorte Press, Red Dragon. New York: Dell, The Silence of the Lambs. New York: St.

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James, P. Devices and Desires. New York: Warner Books, Lowndes, Marie Belloc. There's a chance that Rebus could be returning to TV soon. Let's hope so. The central character, Jack Whicher, was one of the first Scotland Yard detectives and he's all the more compelling because he was real. Summerscale's book also inspired a popular ITV series. If you like your crime stories to be bloody and bizarre, then this one may be for you. The winner of several major awards, it's 'a locked room' mystery. Lisbeth Salander — an abused child who has grown up to become a dangerously unpredictable, borderline sociopathic computer hacker — is without any doubt the most startling and original investigator in 21st-century crime fiction.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is the first of three books that Larsson wrote about her before his untimely death in , but she has since been given new life in David Lagercrantz's excellent continuation novels. The Paying Guests, Sarah Waters I'm a huge fan of all Sarah Waters's work — which blurs the line between literary fiction and crime writing.

This one, set in London during the Twenties, is the story of a family forced to take in lodgers and the chaos that ensues as lust gives way to illicit love and finally to murder. It's a profoundly absorbing read. The Darkness, Ragnar Jonasson I've only recently discovered this extraordinary Icelandic writer who adds several shades of darkness to Nordic noir.

This story, which begins with an asylum seeker found dead on a frozen seashore introduces a female detective — Hulda Hermannsdottir — and builds to a deeply shocking climax. It was clever of the Agatha Christie estate to entrust Hercule Poirot to a safe pair of hands and I particularly enjoyed this mystery — Sophie Hannah's second outing with the Belgian detective, set in a classic Irish country house.

The motive for the murder is one of the most peculiar I've ever come across. The Dead House, Harry Bingham The body of a young woman is found in a 'dead house' beside a Welsh cemetery, surrounded by flickering candles. So begins the fifth outing for Bingham's troubled, dope-smoking detective, DC Fiona Griffiths, a woman with a unique affinity with the dead.

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Creepy and atmospheric, there are now six books in the series. The Thirst, Jo Nesbo Two women — both users of the dating app, Tinder — are murdered days apart and there's just one clue. Fragments of rust and paint have been discovered in the wounds. It's enough to bring Nesbo's most famous creation, Harry Hole, out of retirement for another dose of violent, often quite gruesome Nordic noir. Of the first four presidents of the Detection Club — the pre-eminent club of crime writers — it is no coincidence that two Dorothy L.

Sayers and Agatha Christie were women. I read all the great Agatha's detective novels until in my late teens I decided I was an intellectual and wrote her off as no more than a puzzler.

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I sneered at her stereotyping and pedestrian style. But she had the last laugh when as an adult I got bad flu, someone brought me a clutch of Christies and I fell back in love with a genius who outwitted and humbled me in almost every book. Having forgotten almost all the plots, I was condemned once again to being unable to sleep until I had found out whodunit.

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James, whom I greatly admired, remained rather sniffy about her, but good though James's books are, my guess is that Agatha will still be read in years though James may not be. Brilliantly filmed by Alfred Hitchcock, Strangers On A Train pictured remains one of the cleverest crime novels ever written with two complete strangers swapping murders when they happen to meet on a train.

Agatha Christie was middle class, but in the ensuing decades crime writers emerged from an ever-wider range of backgrounds and began to address every social problem I had heard of and many I hadn't. I'll never forget the effect on me of Ruth Rendell's A Judgement In Stone, a whydunit which began: 'Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she could not read or write.

Rendell's extraordinarily skilful writing has that Scandinavian sparseness, those whiffs of cold air we see from the Nordic noir writers. Perhaps it is because her mother is a Swede, or simply that she was ahead of her time. Whatever the case, almost none of her plus books is a dud.


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  • The fact is that female crime writers were, and are, as ruthless, adventurous and successful as men. Patricia Highsmith, a predatory lesbian, invented the spine-chilling psychopath Tom Ripley, and is rightly revered. What's more, she has an army of female readers. The irony is that, despite so much of crime fiction's unbearable tension, despite descriptions so gruesome they make your flesh creep, more women turn to it than men. Last summer, a study by the University of Wolverhampton found that more than twice as many women read crime novels as men.

    Is it because women are the stronger sex?

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    Or because they have a stronger yearning for justice and order? Possibly both. Pretty much all crime fiction begins with Sherlock Holmes — the great-grandfather of all modern detectives. Doyle only wrote four novellas, but this is by far the most accomplished, a terrific mystery and a wonderfully atmospheric tale of an ancient family curse and a phantom hound who stalks the moors around Baskerville Hall.

    What's not to love in this tangled tale featuring Sam Spade, the first and the greatest of the so-called 'hard-boiled' private detectives?