This book is for all readers of crime fiction. Dividing Britain and Ireland into twelve regions, the author describes the work of contemporary and historic crime writers and their novels where the setting of the novel is crucial, giving the story context and local relevance.
While regional crime novels go back to The Hound of the Baskervilles, identifiably regional crime within specific cityscapes and landscapes only came into its own twenty years ago with Ian Rankin, John Harvey and Val McDermid. Their work, together with hundreds of others, and thousands of titles are described in this volume which will be essential for the serious crime reader.
John Martin is a lifelong crime reader. A former librarian, he has given hundreds of talks on crime fiction to library, bookshop and local audiences. For three years he was judge for the The Dagger in the Library Award for the Crime Writers Association. If he hasn’t read it, it isn’t crime fiction!
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