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A personally experienced, practical and critical introduction to what crime fiction is and might be. The genre’s overriding traits and attractions are considered, alongside key practical implications. Comparisons and distinctions with other genres, particularly literary fiction, are made. Views from defining twentieth- and twenty-first-century crime writers such as Raymond Chandler, Dorothy L Sayers, Patricia Highsmith, Lee Child, Graham Greene and John Banville are aired. Further approaches and work from writers such as Oyinkan Braithwaite, Attica Locke, Yrsa Sigurōardóttir and Val McDermid are discussed. Literary critics and theorists including Boris Tomashevsky, James Wood, John Yorke and Rita Felski are cited. Henry Sutton’s own fictional writing journey is also detailed, and how he became a writer of crime fiction. His key positions on ‘pace and purpose’ and ‘menace and motivation’ are detailed, while the joy of collaboration and asking key questions at key moments can provide focus and drive to complete a work of crime fiction. The introduction concludes with the message that writing such fiction should be fun, and also swift.

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