Unwilling Executioner: Crime Fiction and the State

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What gives crime fiction its distinctive shape and form? What makes it such a compelling vehicle of social and political critique? Unwilling Executioner argues that the answer lies in the emerging genre's complex and intimate relationship with the bureaucratic state and modern capitalism, and the contradictions that ensue when the state assumes control of the justice system. This study offers a dramatic new interpretation of the genre's emergence and evolution over a three hundred year period and as a genuinely transnational phenomenon.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages269
ISBN (Print)978-0-19-871618-1
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2016


  • Crime fiction; the state; sovereignty, capitalism; transnationalism


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