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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (20 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1137005033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1137005038
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 691,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Barry Forshaw's latest books are 'British Crime Film and Death in a Cold Climate: A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction'. Other work includes 'British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia', 'The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction and Guns for Hire: The Modern Adventure Thriller', along with books on Italian cinema and the first biography of Stieg Larsson. His next books are 'British Gothic Cinema' and a study of Thomas Harris and 'The Silence of the Lambs'. He writes for various newspapers, edits Crime Time, and broadcasts for ITV and BBC TV documentaries. He has been Vice Chair of the Crime Writers' Association.

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'In this excellent book on the British crime movie, a follow-up to his valuable studies of English-language and Scandinavian crime fiction, Forshaw interrogates the usual suspects, discovers many neglected pictures, and places them all in a larger social context. It's a work to read for pleasure and instruction, and then to keep on the reference shelf.'
- Philip French, The Observer

'Crime fiction in films and literature is my meat. So Barry Forshaw's terrific book not only rekindled memories of films seen but provided clues to others yet to be revelled in. This rave has nothing to do with getting an honourable mention.'
- Mike Hodges, Director, Get Carter

'An incredible work; so thorough, so informed and at the same time so very readable and entertaining.'
- Peter James, Chair, Crime Writers' Association
'This book provides a much-needed shot in the arm for writing on British crime film. The colourful case-studies draw out the political complexities of this stalwart genre, opening up the films in insightful and often revisionary readings. Calling upon his compendious knowledge of the subject and injecting wit into his precise prose, Forshaw reinvigorates the field.'
- Steven Peacock, Reader in Film and Television Aesthetics, Programme Coordinator MA Film and Television Aesthetics, University of Hertfordshire, UK
'Barry Forshaw has penetrated the locked-room mystery of the British crime film and brought it to book ... the verdict is "outstanding".'
- Kim Newman, Author, Nightmare Movies
'Destined to become an essential volume on any self-respecting cinephile's bookshelf. Forshaw is bang-on about the British crime films you already know, but (even more importantly) makes you eager to track down and watch the lesser-known gems you haven't seen.'
- Anne Billson, The Guardian

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A comprehensive social history of British crime film by the UK's principal expert on crime film and fiction

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barton Keyes on 20 Sept. 2012
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A collection of interesting linked essays that deal with some of the aspects of the title. The book is far from being as comprehensive as the title and blurb suggest and suffers from some quirky chapter headings and content . Readers will find as much about corporate crime in chapter four (about politics, supposedly) as they will in chapter twelve (misleadingly entitled "corporate crime" but concerned mostly with the two versions of Brighton Rock). So -- good in parts but as it is the first of its kind to deal with specifically British crime films, it's the best there is (at the moment).
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