Chapter 23. Twentieth-Century American Crime and Detective Fiction

  1. John T. Matthews Professor
  1. Charles J. Rzepka Professor

Published Online: 5 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310726.ch23

A Companion to the Modern American Novel 1900-1950

A Companion to the Modern American Novel 1900-1950

How to Cite

Rzepka, C. J. (2009) Twentieth-Century American Crime and Detective Fiction, in A Companion to the Modern American Novel 1900-1950 (ed J. T. Matthews), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310726.ch23

Editor Information

  1. Boston University, USA

Author Information

  1. Boston University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 MAY 2009
  2. Published Print: 3 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631206873

Online ISBN: 9781444310726

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Keywords:

  • twentieth-century American crime fiction;
  • straddling line between - wilderness and settlement, savagery and civilization;
  • interwar period;
  • contribution to public disorder and cynicism;
  • forms of criminal activity - loan-sharking, prostitution, gambling, and protection rackets;
  • hearts of darkness

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Interwar Years

  • Hearts of Darkness

  • Cold War Developments

  • “Alternative” Subgenres and Postmodern Detection

  • References and Further Reading