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.
The White Garden is a compelling portrait of a man whose lust for power is expressed in his treatment of psychiatric patients.
Seven women die in deep sleep therapy; the doctor rapes his patients in the Sleeping Beauty Ward.
The sister of one of the doctor's victims becomes his nemesis.
The Stolen Children -- Their Stories is based on Bringing Them Home, the findings of a government inquiry into the separation from their families of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.