Now, for the first time, Australian crime fiction's lurid and elusive past is exposed. Over nearly two hundred years, hundreds of authors and thousands of stories have created a unique national crime fiction.
No other country's writers are so likely to sympathise with the criminals, or find the police a thoroughly threatening presence. Stephen Knight's unique and sophisticated study shows that this fiction explores criminal disorder in distinctly national terms. The goldfields mystery, the Aboriginal detective, the glamorous lesbian cop and the post-modern puzzle all reveal distinctive aspects of Australianness.
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