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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Essentials (27 April 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843449188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843449188
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 1.5 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Barry Forshaw is one of the UK's leading experts on crime fiction and film. His latest books include Brit Noir, Euro Noir, Nordic Noir, British Crime Film and British Gothic Cinema. Other work includes Death in a Cold Climate: A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction, The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction, and the Keating Award-winning British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia, along with a book on Italian cinema and the first biography of Stieg Larsson. He writes for various national newspapers, edits Crime Time (www.crimetime.co.uk), and is a regular broadcaster. He has been Vice Chair of the Crime Writers' Association, and has taught an MA course at City University on the history of crime fiction.


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This is a working example of meat and potatoes critical writing. It ventures opinions so couched and unchallenging that an unsuspecting reader might equate the fast-selling schlock of Dan Brown with people who can write, like Elmotre Leonard and Denis Lehane. Since he doesn't want to be challenging or enact judgement, his opinions are practically valueless in assessing writers I don't know, which is sort of the point of list books.
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