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The Simple Art of Murder

  title={The Simple Art of Murder},
  author={Raymond F. Chandler},
Fiction in any form has always intended to be realistic. Old fashioned novels which now seem stilted and artificial to the point of burlesque did not appear that way to the people who first read them. The detective story for a variety of reasons can seldom be promoted. It is usually about murder and hence lacks the element of uplift. Murder, which is a frustration of the indi vidual and hence a frustration of the race, may have, and in fact has, a good deal of sociological implication. But it… 

Five Murders in a Fictional City

Dashiell Hammett is best remembered for a series of attributes that are at best chimerical and at worst outright misleading. This thesis will briefly look at each of these red herrings and how they

A Taste for Murder: The Curious Case of Crime Fiction

Crime fiction is one of the world’s most popular genres. Indeed, it has been estimated that as many as one in every three new novels, published in English, is classified within the crime fiction

Popular Fiction as Liberal Art

Popular fiction is escape, opium, palliative, cover-up, a distraction or a diversion in the etymological sense of a device to draw or turn our attention from its proper objects. Or popular fiction is

Crime Fiction: A Global Phenomenon

Crime fiction, if you choose to classify it in its broadest sense, has a very long history. Detectives can be found in ancient texts from around the world. One of the things these texts reveal is a

Anatomy of Murder: Mystery, Detective, and Crime Fiction

This text identifies three basic fictional forms dealing with murder and detection - mystery, detective and crime fiction. It attempts to express their interrelations, to define their differences,

Religious Belief in Recent Detective Fiction.

Detective fiction emerged as a result of the increasing secularisation of society. The certainties expounded by the Church are reenacted through the figure of the rational investigator whose

The reactionary art of murder: Contemporary crime fiction, criticism and verisimilitude

One way in which specific crime fiction texts achieve prominence is through critical discourses which promote those texts’ ‘superior’ realism, valorizing the texts and setting them apart from

Hard-Boiled Detective Fiction: Gendering the Canon

There are two possible ways to canonize and teach detective fiction. One would be to insert representatives of this popular-fiction genre into an already established "Literature" canon: teaching Poe

Hercule Poirot and the Tricky Performers of Stereotypes in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express

  • Ken Eckert
  • Art
    Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture
  • 2021
Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express (1934) remains well-read, and its hero Hercule Poirot continues to enjoy popular currency. Yet the text has not aged well due to some of its now clichéd

Fictional Murders in Real 'Mean Streets': Detective Narratives and Authentic Urban Geographies

Though Raymond Chandler’s notion of realism in crime fiction is associated with his term “mean streets,” his critical essays on the crime genre promote language over setting, extolling speech as a



He said: "Who fingered the job, and how did you know Candless was up here?

    You saved my life over at the Club Egypt maybe. I guess that gave you the right to let handsome have a shot at me

      She wanted Hugo's dough, and she wanted all the men in the world except Hugo. Thank heaven she didn't get bumped. She talked plenty. So did Zapparty

        I'm sick of this tomcat life

          Conant stopped talking, eyed Carmady steadily. Carmady said very softly

            Without a word or change of expression he slammed it against the side of Carmady's jaw

              De Ruse stood with one foot on the running board by the open door and looked off through the rain

                Jean Adrian came quickly across the room and stood at the end of the table. Carmady reached forward across the chair and took the Luger in his left hand and slipped it down into his overcoat pocket

                  Jean Adrian stood up, came slowly across the room, stood in front of the desk

                  • Conant snarled

                  They never wanted him anything else but dead. Parisi didn't care one way or the other, as long as he got paid

                  • Candless is dead. He was dead before we started