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Manchester’s crime fiction
The mystery of the city’s smoking gun
in Postcolonial Manchester
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This chapter shares some thoughts on the texts which describe the role crime fiction has played in mapping the changing economic, social and geographical environment of Greater Manchester. It attempts to capture something of the diversity of Manchester's crime writing in the course of answering a simple question: namely, who, or what, is responsible for the crime of Manchester? The chapter lists out the various answers to this question. All of them demonstrate the way in which literature takes its cue from the sociological explanation yet also moves beyond it by bringing more complex psychological factors into play. The chapter discusses the various motives for crime, many of which, directly or indirectly, bear the mark of the region's colonial past and (post)colonial present. It concludes by proposing that what distinguishes Mancunian crime fiction from other national and international variants is its focus on the city's architectural mapping.

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