Places for Dead Bodies

Paperback | January 1, 2000

byGary J. Hausladen

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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.

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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 nove...

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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. In fact, 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 nov...

Format: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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PrefaceAcknowledgments Chapter 1. IntroductionChapter 2. The Evolution of the Place-Based Police Procedural The Police Procedural GenrePlaced-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 LindseyThe American Midwest of P. M. CarlsonThe American Northwest of J. A. Jance Susan Dunlap's Berkeley The Canadian North of Scott Young The Mexico of Paco Taibo IIConclusion 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 ContinentThe 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 SmithStuart KaminskyConclusionChapter 7. Murder in the Orient Expressly The Japan of Seicho Matsumoto The Japan of James MelvilleThe Hong Kong of William MarshallThe Beijing of Cristopher WestConclusionChapter 8. Other Places for MurderThe Israel of Batya GurThe Indian Subcontinent of H. R. F. KeatingThe South Africa of James McClureThe Australian Outback of Arthur UpfieldConclusionChapter 9. Murder in Historical Context The Roman Empire of Lindsey DavisThe Seventh-Century China of Robert Van GulikThe Victorian England of Anne Perry The Turn-of-the-Century Cairo of Michael PearceConclusionChapter 10. More Places for Murder, Mystery, and MayhemThe Police Procedural as an Effective Conveyor of Place Subplots and Secondary AgendaWhat Happens When Authors Get Their Places Wrong?Socially Contingent PlacesThe Police Procedural as a Source of Sense of PlaceAppendix: Selected Series Fictional Works Cited NotesIndex

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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