Journals Higher Education

Unwilling Executioner

Crime Fiction and the State

Andrew Pepper

  • The first book to explore the significance of crime fiction's relationship to the state
  • Covers the period from 1720 to the present day
  • Pays attention to the political dimension of crime fiction and links this to the genre's broader appeal
  • Offers sustained readings of well-known writers while arguing for the opening up of the 'canon' in other ways
  • Provides an exciting transnational, comparative framework