Australian Crime Fiction

A 200-Year History


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About the Book

Australian crime fiction grew from the country’s origins as an 18th–century English prison colony. Early stories focused on escaped convicts becoming heroic bush rangers, or how the system mistreated the wrongfully convicted. Later came thrillers about wealthy free settlers and lawless gold-seekers, and urban crime fiction, including Fergus Hume’s 1887 international best-seller The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, set in Melbourne.
The 1980s saw a surge of private-eye thrillers, popular in a society skeptical of police. Twenty-first century authors have focused on policemen—and increasingly on policewomen—and finally indigenous crime narratives. The author explores in detail this rich but little known national subgenre.

About the Author(s)

Stephen Knight is a well-known authority on crime fiction and literature through the ages. He has worked at universities in Australia, England and Wales and is a research professor in literature at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Bibliographic Details

Stephen Knight
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 311
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7086-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3266-7
Imprint: McFarland