Author: Lisa Lercher
Publisher: Haymon Verlag
Mord im Magistrat Die engagierte Beamtin Anna wird in eine andere Stabsstelle versetzt: Sie soll einen freigewordenen Posten nachbesetzen - ihre Vorgängerin hat sich erst kurz zuvor das Leben genommen. Mit gemischten Gefühlen tritt sie ihren Dienst an und schon bald ist klar: Das Arbeitsklima in ihrer neuen Abteilung ist unerträglich. Sticheleien und Kränkungen prägen den Alltag, die machthaberische Chefin quält ihre Mitarbeiter. Anna bemüht sich, Konfrontationen aus dem Weg zu gehen. Bis ihre Kollegin ermordet wird... Mit Charme, Humor und einem einzigartigen Gespür für Alltagsbeschreibungen schickt Lisa Lercher die Magistratsbeamtin Anna in ein fein gesponnenes Netzwerk aus Intrigen. Ausgestattet mit detektivischem Spürsinn und einer gehörigen Prise lakonischen Humors versucht Anna an ihrem neuen Arbeitsplatz nicht zwischen die Fronten zu geraten doch nach und nach gerät auch sie in den Strudel der Ereignisse. ***Feiner Humor, ausgeklügelte Komposition und erfrischend ungekünstelte Beschreibung von Alltagsszenen und Milieus.*** Weitere Krimis von Lisa Lercher: - Der letzte Akt. Kriminalroman - Der Tote im Stall. Kriminalroman - Die Mutprobe. Kriminalroman - Zornige Väter. Kriminalroman - Mord im besten Alter. Kriminalroman
Der letzte Akt
Author: Lisa Lercher
Publisher: Haymon Verlag
Auf eigene Faust Um der Schauspielerin Antonia dabei zu helfen, einem sexistischen Stadtrat einen Denkzettel zu verpassen, beschafft ihr die Beamtin Anna belastende Unterlagen. Doch als Antonia stirbt, findet die harmlose Verschwörung ein jähes Ende. War es Selbstmord, ein Unfall, oder gar Mord? Anna will das Rätsel um Antonias Tod lüften und beginnt zusammen mit ihrer besten Freundin, der Gelegenheitsjournalistin Mona, Nachforschungen. Ohne es zu merken, bewegt sich Anna plötzlich auf immer dünner werdendem Eis ... Eingebettet in ein authentisches Setting mit einem erfrischend natürlichen Personal, besticht Lisa Lercher in ihrem mitreißenden Krimidebüt mit präzisen Milieustudien und trockenem Humor. ***Packende Krimihandlung rund um ein gesellschaftspolitisches Dauerthema. Authentische Dialoge und atemlose Spannung garantiert!*** Weitere Krimis von Lisa Lercher: - Der Tote im Stall. Kriminalroman - Ausgedient. Kriminalroman - Die Mutprobe. Kriminalroman - Zornige Väter. Kriminalroman - Mord im besten Alter. Kriminalroman
Author: Lisa Lercher
Publisher: Haymon Verlag
Alptraumhafte Heimkehr Anlässlich eines Klassentreffens kehrt Sabine in ihr Heimatdorf zurück, das sie jahrelang erfolgreich gemieden hat. Sie will eigentlich noch am selben Abend zurück nach Wien, da verschwindet Max, der kleine Sohn Ihrer Jugendliebe Leonhard, spurlos. Sie bleibt - wenn schon nicht ihm zuliebe, so doch wenigstens, um seine Frau moralisch zu unterstützen. Doch der unverhofft lange Aufenthalt in der alten Heimat wird zu einer Reise in die eigene Vergangenheit, auf der sie sich ihrem schlimmsten Alptraum stellen muss: Ist Max wie sie selbst vor so langer Zeit ein Opfer sexueller Gewalt geworden? Der mitreißende vierte Krimi von Lisa Lercher besticht durch lebendige Beschreibungen und lässt einen bis zum Ende nicht los. Vielschichtige Figuren und überraschende Wendungen halten die LeserInnen in Atem, detaillierte Beschreibungen und glaubhafte Dialoge lassen sie die beklemmende Atmosphäre am dörflichen Schauplatz atmen. Ein Roman, der einfühlsam die Folgen einer Traumatisierung schildert und dabei tief in die Gefühlswelt seiner Figuren eintaucht. "Die Mutprobe" wurde im September 2009 in einer Koproduktion des ORF/MDR erfolgreich verfilmt. ***Packend inszeniert, bestürzend realistisch und außerordentlich lebendig.*** Weitere Krimis von Lisa Lercher: - Der letzte Akt. Kriminalroman - Der Tote im Stall - Ausgedient. Kriminalroman - Zornige Väter. Kriminalroman - Mord im besten Alter. Kriminalroman
Sixty-two letters from a nameless protagonist comprise this epistolary novel. He writes them to Emma, a woman he sees at a party. Each entry captures the details of daily life, and the self, as depicted through emotional weather updates.
This book provides an introduction to 24 iconic figures, real and fictional, that have shaped the detective/mystery genre of popular literature. * Parallel chronologies placing each of the book's 24 subjects in their historical/cultural context * Individual selected bibliographies for each of the 24 figures plus a selected general bibliography of critical sources treating the genre
Why, at a time when the majority of us no longer believe in ghosts, demons, or the occult, does Gothic continue to have such a strong grasp upon literature, cinema and popular culture? This book answers this question through exploring some of the ways in which we have applied Gothic tropes to our everyday fears. The book opens with The Turn of the Screw, a text dealing in the dangers adults pose to children while simultaneously questioning the assumed innocence of all children. As our culture becomes increasingly anxious about child safety the uncanny surfaces in the popular imagination in the form of the paedophile or the child murderer. At the same time, the Gothic has always brought danger home, and another key focus of the book lies in the various manifestations undertaken by the haunted house during the twentieth century, from the bombed-out spaces of the blitz (‘The Demon Lover’ and The Night Watch) to the designer bathrooms of wealthy American suburbia (What Lies Beneath). Gothic monsters can also be terror monsters, and after a discussion of terrorism and atrocity in relation to burial alive the book examines the relationship between the human and the inhuman through the role of the beast monster as manifestation of the evil that resides in our midst (The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Birds). It is with the dangers of the body that the Gothic has been most closely associated and, during the later twentieth century, paranoia attaches itself to skeletal forms and ghosts in the wake of the HIV/AIDs crisis. Sexuality and/as disease is one of the themes of Patrick McGrath’s work (Dr Haggard’s Disease and ‘The Angel’) and the issue of skeletons in the closet is also explored through Henry James’s ‘The Jolly Corner’. However, sexuality is also one of the most liberating aspects of Gothic narratives. After a brief discussion of camp humour in the British television drama series Jekyll, the book concludes with a discussion of the apparitional lesbian through the work of Sarah Waters.
"Superb... Flanders's convincing and smart synthesis of the evolution of an official police force, fictional detectives, and real-life cause célèbres will appeal to devotees of true crime and detective fiction alike." -Publishers Weekly, starred review In this fascinating exploration of murder in nineteenth century England, Judith Flanders examines some of the most gripping cases that captivated the Victorians and gave rise to the first detective fiction Murder in the nineteenth century was rare. But murder as sensation and entertainment became ubiquitous, with cold-blooded killings transformed into novels, broadsides, ballads, opera, and melodrama-even into puppet shows and performing dog-acts. Detective fiction and the new police force developed in parallel, each imitating the other-the founders of Scotland Yard gave rise to Dickens's Inspector Bucket, the first fictional police detective, who in turn influenced Sherlock Holmes and, ultimately, even P.D. James and Patricia Cornwell. In this meticulously researched and engrossing book, Judith Flanders retells the gruesome stories of many different types of murder in Great Britain, both famous and obscure: from Greenacre, who transported his dismembered fiancée around town by omnibus, to Burke and Hare's bodysnatching business in Edinburgh; from the crimes (and myths) of Sweeney Todd and Jack the Ripper, to the tragedy of the murdered Marr family in London's East End. Through these stories of murder-from the brutal to the pathetic-Flanders builds a rich and multi-faceted portrait of Victorian society in Great Britain. With an irresistible cast of swindlers, forgers, and poisoners, the mad, the bad and the utterly dangerous, The Invention of Murder is both a mesmerizing tale of crime and punishment, and history at its most readable.
Gothic Literature 1764-1824
Author: Carol Margaret Davison
Publisher: University of Wales Press
This title offers a detailed yet accessible introduction to classic British Gothic literature and the popular sub-category of the Female Gothic designed for the student reader. Works by such classic Gothic authors as Horace Walpole, Matthew Lewis, Ann Radcliffe, William Godwin, and Mary Shelley are examined against the backdrop of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British social and political history and significant intellectual/cultural developments. Identification and interpretation of the Gothic’s variously reconfigured major motifs and conventions is provided alongside suggestions for further critical reading, a timeline of notable Gothic-related publications, and consideration of various theoretical approaches.
Author: Christy Desmet, Anne Williams
Publisher: University of Wales Press
This book explores the paradox that the Gothic (today’s werewolves, vampires, and horror movies) owe their origins (and their legitimacy) to eighteenth-century interpretations of Shakespeare. As Shakespeare was being established as the supreme British writer throughout the century, he was cited as justification for early Gothic writers’ fascination with the supernatural, their abandoning of literary “decorum,” and their fascination with otherness and extremes of every kind. This book addresses the gap for an up to date analysis of Shakespeare’s relation to the Gothic. An authority on the Gothic, E.J. Clery, has stated that “It would be impossible to overestimate the importance of Shakespeare as touchstone and inspiration for the terror mode, even if we feel the offspring are unworthy of their parent. Scratch the surface of any Gothic fiction and the debt to Shakespeare will be there.” This book therefore addresses Shakespeare’s importance to the Gothic tradition as a whole and also to particular, well-known and often studied Gothic works. It also considers the influence of the Gothic on Shakespeare, both in-print and on stage in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain. The introductory chapter places the chapters within the historical development of both Shakespearean reception and Gothic Studies. The book is divided into three parts: 1) Gothic Appropriations of “Shakespeare”; 2) Rewriting Shakespearean Plays and Characters; 3) Shakespeare Before/After the Gothic.
Fiction, Crime, and the Feminine
Author: Rédouane Abouddahab, Josiane Paccaud-Huguet
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
The form of art called fiction has always been the privileged framework providing the perfect alibi for facing, framing, and containing the Other's desire and the strange libido attached to violence: in other words, there is an ambivalent dimension inherent in the scenarios and fantasies we enjoy by proxy. Are not the fairy tales of our childhood full of images of death and violence, whose fascinating presence is paradoxically meant to make us feel all the more safely tucked up in bed? After all, the wolf or the Little Red Riding Hood, the monstrous killer or the unfortunate victim are but fictitious characters, mere shifting positions: they are "not me" therefore, thanks to the willing suspension of disbelief process, any reading "I" may shift into their speech or thoughts on the fictional screen, a stage both for projection of and protection from such forbidden enjoyments. Crime fiction has also for a long time been the genre for such containment. Ever since Victorian "craniology," criminal violence has remained as resistant as ever to scientific measurement even to the more recent techniques of investigation of the brain. Where women are concerned they were first and mostly fascinating victims but they also nowadays feature in the role of the criminals, adding to the first fascination the mystery of a woman's desire beyond the pale of societal expectations. Indeed, more and more pieces of crime fiction nowadays refuse to grant the simple pleasures of old: what if, for example, the text refuses to comply to the "whodunnit" convention? What about those stories that instead of closure, will diffuse a mist, a sense of unrest by their emphasis on the inexplicable lure of violence? In other words, gone are the days of the satisfaction granted by traditional closure and return to a solidly structured society, made safe again by the disposal of the scene of violence. But writing as such is also to be taken into consideration, and what forcefully determines the writing is not only the historical trauma (whose active presence in the fiction cannot be denied), but especially some unresolved traumatic event or exclusion that makes one write and, through the writing, quest bliss, but that also makes one renounce the attachment to the inevitably lost bliss.
This volume in this exciting new series provides a detailed yet accessible study of Gothic literature in the nineteenth century. It examines how themes and trends associated with the early Gothic novels were diffused widely in many different genres in the Victorian period, including the ghost story, the detective story and the adventure story. It looks in particular how the Gothic attempted to resolve the psychological and theological problems thrown up the modernisation and secularisation of British society. The author argues that the fetishized figure of the child came to stand for what many believed was being lost by the headlong rush into a technological and industrial future. The relationship between the child and horror is examined, and the book demonstrates that far from a simple rejection or acceptance of secularisation, the Gothic attempts to articulate an entirely different way of being modern.
Author: Bran Nicol, Eugene McNulty, Patricia Pulham
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
By broadening the focus beyond classic English detective fiction, the American 'hard-boiled' crime novel and the gangster movie, Crime Culture breathes new life into staple themes of crime fiction and cinema. Leading international scholars from the fields of literary and cultural studies analyze a range of literature and film, from neglected examples of film noir and 'true crime', crime fiction by female African American writers, to reality TV, recent films such as Elephant, Collateral and The Departed, and contemporary fiction by J. G. Ballard, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Margaret Atwood. They offer groundbreaking interpretations of new elements such as the mythology of the hitman, technology and the image, and the cultural impact of 'senseless' murders and reveal why crime is a powerful way of making sense of the broader concerns shaping modern culture and society.
Author: Laurence Roth
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Inthis book, Laurence Roth argues that the popular genre of Jewish detective stories offers new insights into the construction of ethnic and religious identity. Roth frames his study with the concept of "kosher hybridity" to look at the complex process of mediation between Jewish and American culture in which Jewish writers voice the desire to be both different from and yet the same as other Americans. He argues that the detective story, located at the intersection of narrative and popular culture in modern America, examines the need for order in a disorderly society, and thus offers a window into the negotiation of Jewish identity differing from that of literary fiction. The writers of these popular cultural texts, which are informed by contradiction and which thrive on intended and unintended ironies, formulate idioms for American Jewish identities that intentionally and unintentionally create social, ethnic, and religious syntheses in American Jewish life. Roth examines stories about American Jewish detectives--including Harry Kemelman's Rabbi Small, Faye Kellerman's Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, Stuart Kaminsky's Abe Lieberman, and Rochelle Krich's Jessica Drake--not only as a genre of literature but also as a reflection of contemporary acculturation in the American Jewish popular arts.
Author: Barbara Stoney
Publisher: The History Press
Enid Blyton is known throughout the world for her imaginativechildren’s books and her enduring characters such as Noddy andthe Famous Five. She is one of the most borrowed authors fromBritish libraries and still holds a fascination for readers old andyoung alike.Yet until 1974, when Barbara Stoney first published her officialbiography, little was known about this most private author,even by members of her own family. The woman who emergedfrom Barbara Stoney’s remarkable research was hardworking,complex, often difficult and, in many ways, childlike.Now this widely praised classic biography has been fullyupdated for the twenty-first century and, with the addition ofnew color illustrations and a comprehensive list of Enid Blyton’swritings, documents the growing appeal of this extraordinarywoman throughout the world. The fascinating story of one ofthe world’s most famous authors will intrigue and delight allthose with an interest in her timeless books.
This book is a comparative study of British and American literature and culture in the 1790s and 1950s. It explores the republican tradition of the British Enlightenment and the effect of its translation and migration to the American colonies. Specifically, it examines in detail the transatlantic influence of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century libertarian and anti-authoritarian thought on British and American Revolutionary culture.