Clues: A Journal of Detection, Vol. 33, No. 1 (Spring 2015)

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About the Author(s)

Executive editor Janice M. Allan is a senior lecturer in English studies in the School of English, Sociology, Politics & Contemporary History at the University of Salford in England.

Series Editor Elizabeth Foxwell, an Agatha Award winner, is managing editor of Clues: A Journal of Detection.

Margaret Kinsman, consulting editor of Clues and 2016 Raven Award recipient, is a visiting research fellow in popular culture at London South Bank University, United Kingdom. She has published numerous articles related to crime fiction and has presented papers and chaired panels at international conferences.

Bibliographic Details

Executive Editor Janice M. Allan
Managing Editor Elizabeth Foxwell
Consulting Editor Margaret Kinsman
Format: softcover (7 x 10), back issue
Pages: 136
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2015
ISSN 0742-4248
eISBN 978-1-4766-2185-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction (Janice M. Allan) 5

Now You See Her—Now You Don’t: Household Spies in Aurora Floyd and Lady Audley’s Secret (Rachel Smillie) 8

“Something in a New Key”: Democratizing Poe’s Ratiocination in Psych and Elementary (Patrick Kent Russell) 18

Far from Home and Near to Harm: Mazes, Rhizomes, and Illusory Domestic Spaces in Richard Stark’s Parker Novels (Gregory Alan Phipps) 30

Scarlet Fever: Communism, Crime, and Contagion in James Ellroy’s The Big Nowhere (Joshua Meyer) 40

Kathy Reichs’s Contiki Crime: Investigating Global Feminisms (Lili Pâquet) 51

“The Dweller upon the Threshold” and the Infringement of the Unknown in Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot” (David Beck) 62

In Search of No Thing: Latin American Detection, Irreal Investigations, and the Politics of Noncoincidence (Devin Fromm) 72

The Professor Rises: Science, Victorian Viagra, and Masculine Libido in “The Creeping Man” (Joshua A. Wade) 82

Bouncing Big: Elmore Leonard’s Primal Scene (Charles J. Rzepka) 92

This Is China and Shit Happens: Space in Rock, Paper, Tiger by Lisa Brackmann and Other Crime Narratives Set in China and Russia (M. Isabel Santaularia I Capdevila) 101

The Strange Case of Harriet Vane: Dorothy L. Sayers Anticipating Poststructuralism in the 1930s (Joel Armstrong) 112


John Bude. The Cornish Coast Murder and The Lake District Murder. Fred Isaac 123

Margaret-Anne Hutton. French Crime Fiction 1945–2005: Investigating World War II. Rachel Schaffer 124

Justin Gifford. Pimping Fictions: African American Crime Literature and the Untold Story of Black Pulp Publishing. Norlisha F. Crawford 127

John Cullen Gruesser. Race, Gender and Empire in American Detective Fiction. Marla Harris 129

Barbara Pezzotti. Politics and Society in Italian Crime Fiction: An Historical Overview. Gianna Martella 131

Call for Papers: Reappropriating Agatha Christie 134

Author Guidelines 136

Book Reviews & Awards

  • Clues is a must-have for readers and writers of crime fiction. Scholarly, thought-provoking, wide-ranging in its topics, Clues covers the crime and thriller map.”—Sara Paretsky
  • “A. Conan Doyle, notoriously resentful of Sherlock Holmes’s success, liked to scorn ‘police romances’ as less significant and worthy of his talents than his other literary work. If he could have read Clues, the thinking mystery reader’s journal, he would surely have felt differently—and learned much he never realized himself about even his own landmark contribution to the genre, from which so much else by others has flowed.”—Jon Lellenberg, U.S. agent for the Arthur Conan Doyle estate
  • “I love reading Clues. Every issue provides thought-provoking, well-researched articles. The variety and scope of the material found in Clues makes an unparalleled, ongoing contribution to our understanding of the role of crime fiction in our culture, and the genre’s reflection of its time and society.”—Jan Burke, Edgar-winning author of The Messenger (2009)
  • Clues is an important journal. It carries the torch of tradition that is the backbone of detective fiction. It goes below the surface and gets to the heart of what makes the genre so fascinating and valid today”—Michael Connelly, author of the Harry Bosch novels, including The Overlook (2007)
  • “For erudite and fascinating truths about mysteries, follow the clues to Clues, the scholarly journal that is an essential resource for every serious student of the mystery”—Carolyn Hart, author of Death Walked In (2008)
  • “With scholarship ranging from Poe to Peters, nothing beats Clues”—Joan Hess, author of Mummy Dearest (2008)