Murder Will Out

Murder Will Out : Detective in Fiction from Poe to the Present

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What is it that has always made the detective such a popular figure in fiction? Why are we invariably seduced by the search to discover "whodunit"? and how far back does this fascination go?. T.J. Binyon follows the trail of the detective in fiction from Edgar Allan Poe's Chevalier Dupin to the present day; yet this book is a history not of a type of fiction, but of a type of character - the fictional detective. This approach reflects two unusual aspects of the genre: not only did it grow out of the character, rather than vice versa, but also the characters - such as Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot - have frequently overshadowed their more

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 126 x 192 x 20mm | 140.61g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • bibliography, index
  • 0192827308
  • 9780192827302

About T.J. Binyon

About the Author T.J. Binyon is Lecturer in Russian and Senior Research Fellow at Wadham College, Oxford. He is the author of Swan Song and Greek Gifts, which was nominated for a Crime Writers' Association's Gold and Silver Dagger more

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In the beginning - Dupin and Lecoq; the professional amateur; the amateur amateur; the police; a few more

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