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Places for Dead Bodies

byGary J. Hausladen

Paperback | January 1, 2000

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From Tony Hillerman's Navajo Southwest to Martin Cruz Smith's Moscow, an exotic, vividly described locale is one of the great pleasures of many murder mysteries. Indeed, the sense of place, no less than the compelling character of the detective, is often what keeps authors writing and readers reading a particular series of mystery novels.

This book investigates how "police procedural" murder mysteries have been used to convey a sense of place. Gary Hausladen delves into the work of more than thirty authors, including Tony Hillerman, Martin Cruz Smith, James Lee Burke, David Lindsey, P. D. James, and many others. Arranging the authors by their region of choice, he discusses police procedurals set in America, the United Kingdom and Ireland, Europe, Moscow, Asia, and selected locales in other parts of the world, as well as in historical places ranging from the Roman Empire to turn-of-the-century Cairo.

Gary J. Hausladen is Associate Professor and Chair of Geography at the University of Nevada, Reno, and an avid reader of murder mysteries.
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Title:Places for Dead BodiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.75 inPublished:January 1, 2000Publisher:University Of Texas Press

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ISBN - 10:0292731302

ISBN - 13:9780292731301

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Introduction
  • Chapter 2. The Evolution of the Place-Based Police Procedural
    • The Police Procedural Genre
    • Placed-Based Police Procedurals
    • Why Do We Read This Stuff, Anyway?
  • Chapter 3. Murder in America
    • The Navajo Counery of Tony Hillerman
    • The Cherokee Country of Jean Hager
    • The New Orleans of James Lee Burke
    • The New Orleans of Julie Smith
    • The Houston and Latin America of David Lindsey
    • The American Midwest of P. M. Carlson
    • The American Northwest of J. A. Jance
    • Susan Dunlap's Berkeley
    • The Canadian North of Scott Young
    • The Mexico of Paco Taibo II
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 4. Murder in the United Kingdom and Ireland
    • The London of P. D. James
    • Colin Dexter's Oxford
    • Rural England: The Yorkshire of Peter Robinson
    • Glasgow and the Scotland of Peter Turnbull
    • Dublin and the Ireland of Bartholomew Gill
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 5. Murder on the European Continent
    • The Italy of Michael Dibdin
    • The Provincial France of Nicolas Freeling
    • The Amsterdam of Janwillem van de Wetering
    • The Stockholm of Per Wahloo and Maj Sjowall
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 6. From Moscow with Murder
    • Marin Cruz Smith
    • Stuart Kaminsky
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 7. Murder in the Orient Expressly
    • The Japan of Seicho Matsumoto
    • The Japan of James Melville
    • The Hong Kong of William Marshall
    • The Beijing of Cristopher West
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 8. Other Places for Murder
    • The Israel of Batya Gur
    • The Indian Subcontinent of H. R. F. Keating
    • The South Africa of James McClure
    • The Australian Outback of Arthur Upfield
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 9. Murder in Historical Context
    • The Roman Empire of Lindsey Davis
    • The Seventh-Century China of Robert Van Gulik
    • The Victorian England of Anne Perry
    • The Turn-of-the-Century Cairo of Michael Pearce
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 10. More Places for Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem
    • The Police Procedural as an Effective Conveyor of Place
    • Subplots and Secondary Agenda
    • What Happens When Authors Get Their Places Wrong?
    • Socially Contingent Places
    • The Police Procedural as a Source of Sense of Place
  • Appendix: Selected Series
  • Fictional Works Cited
  • Notes
  • Index

Editorial Reviews

"I have never read such a comprehensive, well-documented, focused look at the geography of a genre of literature. It is absolutely arresting (no pun really intended) to see what Hausladen has done in his search for place, for ethnic identity, for locale, for regional characteristics. You stop again and again in the flow of the text, captured by the detail of his analysis." - Christopher L. Salter, Director, Geographic Resources Center, University of Missouri, Columbia