by Mary Jean Demarr
University of Wisconsin Press, 1995
Cloth: 978-0-87972-673-7 | Paper: 978-0-87972-674-4
Library of Congress Classification PR830.D4I5 1995
Dewey Decimal Classification 823.087209


This volume contains fourteen essays by authoritative academics studying the field of mystery and detective fiction. The essays all concentrate on the first novels in established series, analyzing ways in which the opening books of the series do or do not create patterns followed in succeeding novels.