Crime Fiction: Introduction
Introduction to Crime Fiction
Crime Fiction has become an incredibly popular genre. The resources in this guide will help you explore the different subgenres, gain a better understanding of the appeal of crime fiction, and learn more about the masters of the genre. The list of subgenres in crime fiction seems to be constantly growing. While crime fiction used to be limited to detective stories and thrillers, there is now a much greater diversity. We list some of them here. (Let us know if you think of others.)
♦Psychological Suspense ♦Legal Thrillers
♦Noir/Hardboiled ♦Locked Room Mysteries
♦Cozy Mysteries ♦Supernatural/paranormal
♦Cyberpunk Noir ♦Crime/Horror crossovers
♦Geographical/geopolitical ♦Medical ♦Police ♦Forensic
Illustration by Tim Liedtke
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Books - PCC Library has several books available online that explore different aspects of reading, writing, and understanding crime fiction and related genres.
Articles - Find articles from popular and scholarly sources on crime, spy, mystery, and other related genres, including literary criticism, author interviews, and histories of crime fiction writing.
Websites - Comprehensive websites devoted to crime fiction, fans of the genre, writers, reviews, and history, plus scholarship.
Videos - Watch authors discuss their work, histories of crime solving and detective fiction, and scholarly criticism.
Get Help - Ways that PCC Library can help you.