"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
Roland Barthes proposes an erotics of reading. And crime fiction does not come off well.
Writing about The Dry and its clever plotting reminded me of something I have been noticing about contemporary crime fiction, and brought me again to an appreciation of the skills of the masterful Agatha. An Engrossing Procession The clue-puzzle structure in The Dry is linear: a procession of clues or revisions point to first one … Continue reading The Cleverest Christie: The Reversal
For W. H. Auden detective fiction embodied a timeless idea, which appears in Classical, Christian and Freudian thought.
You can’t really discuss Australian crime fiction without mentioning Jane Harper’s first book. It has been spectacularly successful. Here's one reason.
“If a narrative is going to be as clumsy as that, can’t it have some guns?”
Something is happening here but you don’t know what it is.