Talking about detective fiction /

P. D. James--one of the most widely admired writers of detective fiction at work today--gives us a personal, lively exploration of the human appetite for mystery and mayhem, and of those writers who have satisfied it. She examines the genre from top to bottom, beginning with the mysteries at the hea...

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Main Author: James, P. D.
Format: Book
Published:New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Edition:First American edition.
Table of Contents:
  • What are we talking about and how did it all begin?
  • The tenant of 221B Baker Street and the parish priest from Cobhole in Essex
  • The Golden Age
  • Soft-centered and hard-boiled
  • Four formidable women
  • Telling the story : setting, viewpoint, people
  • Critics and aficionados : why some don't enjoy them and why others do
  • Today and a glimpse of tomorrow.