"[A]s a body of critical work has begun to accumulate in this country, it becomes clear that the mystery in many ways represents a basic narrative model (it can be argued that such works as
Pere Goriot and
Crime and Punishment are mysteries) and that writers of suspense stories and 'serious' fiction have actually carried on a dialogue for years. ... As [Umberto] Eco sees it, the impulse toward narrative abstraction reached a kind of dead end with the post-Modernists, and authors have begun now to appropriate old-fashioned storytelling techniques from the popular genres--though often, as he says, with 'non-innocent eyes.'"
A list of films and television shows featuring adaptations and new takes on classic detectives begins on the right and continues at the bottom of the newsletter. Clicking on the author's name will bring to you to their biography, while clicking on the character or title underneath each name will bring you to a page about that body of works. Happy mystery reading!