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Justice and Revenge in Contemporary American Crime Fiction

Authors: Sim, Stuart

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About this book

The detective figure in contemporary American crime fiction increasingly relies on revenge to bring about justice in a society where there has been a sharp decline in moral values. This study demonstrates how the notion of the detective as a moral exemplar or heroic ideal breaks down in the works of writers such as James Ellroy and Sara Paretsky.

About the authors

Stuart Sim is retired Professor of Critical Theory at Northumbria University, UK. A Fellow of the English Association, he has published widely in the fields of critical theory and the novel as social criticism. Recent works include The End of Modernity (2010), The Lyotard Dictionary (ed., 2011), and Fifty Key Thinkers in Postmodernism (2013).

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Anti-Detective Figure & the ‘New America’

    Sim, Stuart

    Pages 1-14

  • James Ellroy: The LA Quartet & ‘Absolute Justice’

    Sim, Stuart

    Pages 15-34

  • James Lee Burke: Dave Robicheaux — Keeping Evil at Bay

    Sim, Stuart

    Pages 35-53

  • Walter Mosley: Easy Rawlins & the African American Experience

    Sim, Stuart

    Pages 54-73

  • Sara Paretsky: The Female Private Investigator versus Patriarchy

    Sim, Stuart

    Pages 74-94

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eBook $49.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-46966-3
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Hardcover $67.50
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-46965-6
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $67.50
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-349-50056-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Justice and Revenge in Contemporary American Crime Fiction
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-46966-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137469663
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-46965-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-50056-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 133
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