Australian crime fiction is booming. Now, for the first time, its lurid and elusive past is exposed. Hundreds of authors and thousands of stories have for nearly two hundred years created a national crime fiction, from the very first novel about the convict Quintus Servinton to the most recent exploits of Cliff Hardy or Claudia Valentine.
This book is a study of the "mothers" of the mystery genre. Traditionally the invention of crime writing has been ascribed to Poe, Wilkie Collins and Conan Doyle, but they had formidable women rivals, whose work has been until recently largely forgotten. The purpose of this book is to "cherchez les femmes," in a project of rediscovery.
Stephen Knight's book is a full analytic survey of crime fiction from its origins in the nineteenth century to the most recent developments. Knight explains how and why the various forms of the genre evolved, explores major authors and movements, and argues that the genre as a whole has three parts: the early development of Detection, the growing emphasis on Death, and the modern celebration of Diversity.
This is a book outlining the various stages of writing a crime novel with different contributors providing a chapter / topic each.