Clues: A Journal of Detection, Vol. 36, No. 2 (Fall 2018)

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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: 120
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2018
ISSN: 0742-4248
eISBN 978-1-4766-3556-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Janice M. Allan 5
The executive editor of Clues provides an overview of the issue, including articles on TV programs Broadchurch and True Detective; the film Event Horizon; and the work of Kate Atkinson, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, Raymond Chandler, Arthur Conan Doyle, Dashiell Hammett, Ross Macdonald, Charles McCarry, Andrea G. Pinketts, and Dorothy L. Sayers.

Transvestism and Transgender in the Crime Fiction of Andrea G. Pinketts
Barbara Pezzotti 9
This article focuses on the figure of the transvestite and the treatment of transgender in the novels of Italian crime writer Andrea G. Pinketts. The aim is to determine whether Pinketts’s highly entertaining, parodic ­hard-boiled series succeeds in subverting a traditional discourse on transvestism and transgender in Italian crime fiction.

Bending the Genre: Portraying the Genders of Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey in the Detective Fiction of Dorothy L. Sayers
Sally ­Beresford-Sheridan 19
This essay explores how the fictional female detective of Dorothy L. Sayers works outside normative gender conventions of the interwar years. By positing a female character who can become a detective, Sayers allows both Harriet Vane and Peter Wimsey to break and redefine social expectations of masculine behaviors, feminine behaviors, and gender stereotypes.

Cherchez la Femme: A Good Woman’s Place in ­Hard-Boiled Detective Fiction
Keli Masten 29
Hard-boiled detective fiction often limits women to the roles of femme fatale or love interest of the detective. However, Effie Perine (Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon) and Anne Riordan (Raymond Chandler’s Farewell, My Lovely) embody the femme fiable (“dependable woman”), a survivor who goes where the detective cannot and avoids the fate of the femme fatale.

The Loaded Gun: Idiomatic Language in the Works of Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald
Susan Rosalsky 40
This essay explores the idiomatic writing styles of Raymond Chandler and Kenneth Millar (aka Ross Macdonald), discussing the importance of vernacular speech for establishing the credibility of the private eye and constructing a community of readers.

Bloody Patterns: Shades of Myth and the Limits of Reason in A Study in Scarlet
Martin Rosenstock 49
Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet (1887), which introduces Sherlock Holmes, is a famously disjointed narrative yet provides a compelling detective story. One strategy employed to create a sense of cohesion is to adapt structures and themes from romance and, in particular, myth. Conan Doyle’s work here appears to prefigure characteristics of high modernist texts.

The “Arcadian Past” in Kate Atkinson’s Started Early, Took My Dog
Renée Pigeon 60
In the Jackson Brodie crime novel Started Early, Took My Dog, Kate Atkinson contrasts acts of intervention to achieve justice with nostalgia for the past as a lost Arcadia, making ironic use of motifs and narrative structures from classical romance to subvert certain conventions of traditional crime fiction.

Charles McCarry’s Recursive Late Fiction
Robert Lance Snyder 71
Among the 14 works of Charles McCarry are the strikingly recursive novels The Shanghai Factor (2013) and The Mulberry Bush (2015). Although neither of these novels is postmodern in terms of narrative technique, their epistemic aporias involving both ­state-sponsored campaigns of secrecy and the literary reconstructions that profess to unmask them reflect postmodern skepticism.

Horror and the Big Elsewhere: Traumatic Enjoyment in Event Horizon and True Detective
Matthew Chabin 82
This essay offers a Lacanian perspective on contemporary horror, science fiction, and detective fiction in film and television. Two examples of hybrid works, Paul W. S. Anderson’s Event Horizon (1997) and the HBO series True Detective (2014), are analyzed in detail. The theories of Robin Wood and Margaret Tarratt are expanded within a Lacanian framework to advance a new understanding of the interrelatedness of the three genres.

The Long Short Story: Detective Fiction in the Age of Netflix
Katherine Voyles 91
The classical pattern of detective fiction condenses extended narratives and extends condensed ones. Today’s serialized television shows, including Broadchurch, that are made for a ­binge-watching age intensifies this dynamic.

The Double Detective: Compounding Complexity in The Fade Out, a Noir Graphic Novel
Casey A. Cothran and Robert G. Prickett 102
This essay examines how the narrative structure of noir detective fiction and the medium structure of the graphic novel work together to challenge the reader in The Fade Out, a graphic novel series composed by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (with colors by Elizabeth Breitweiser).

Review Essay
Taking Dorothy L. Sayers Seriously: On Newly Republished Criticism
J. C. Bernthal 115


Andrew Mangham. Dickens’s Forensic Realism: Truth, Bodies, Evidence. Mary Anna Evans 119

Megan Hoffman. Gender and Representation in British “Golden Age” Crime Fiction: Women Writing Women. Phyllis M. Betz 120

Sarah Trott. War Noir: Raymond Chandler and the ­Hard-Boiled Detective as Veteran in American Fiction. Clare Rolens 122

David Schmid, ed. Violence in American Popular Culture. Claire Meldrum 123

Ron Miller. Mystery Classics on Film: The Adaptation of 65 Novels and Stories. Rachel Schaffer 125

Jakob ­Stougaard-Nielsen. Scandinavian Crime Fiction. Diane M. ­Calhoun-French 126

Clues Index, Volume 36 128

Call for Papers: Interwar Mysteries: The Golden Age and Beyond 135

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).

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