This guide to writing crime fiction is based on the author's analysis of the craft from the classic detective story of the 1920s and 30s up to the female private eye novels of the 1990s. It features tips on fictional structure, the plot and its characters, and on submitting a script to publishers.
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Leading British mystery writer Keating, creator of Inspector Ghote of the Bombay CID, surveys the history and craft of crime writing. He traces the genre from Poe and cites those examples most worthy of close reading. Sections are devoted to such specialties as detective, police procedural, crime farce, and romantic suspense stories. There are many books on writing crime fiction (e.g., Colloquium on Crime, edited by Robin W. Winks, LJ 5/1/86) that may explain mechanics and technique more fully, but this conveys well the thinking behind an effective entertainment. For mystery readers, too. Recommended. William A. Donovan, Chicago P.L.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
'The author analyses how and why crime fiction works and, if crime is your scene, this is the book for you.' Writing Magazine
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