About this course
This is Freshman Seminar on U.S. Detective Fiction taught by Jim Groom at the University of Mary Washington during the Fall 2012 semester. For more information take a look at the syllabus.
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I noticed that Devil in a Blue Dress showed up on someone’s list of the fourteen best private eye novels of all time. I have no idea why they decided to choose fourteen, or who they polled. It’s nice that … Continue reading → Continue reading
It’s over now, but it seems like an unfair ending. The gangsters are dead, and now Elihu can rule his town once more. Is this “good”? We’re not really sure. One of the things about this novel that I noticed … Continue reading → Continue reading
So we’re halfway through Red Harvest. I like it. Before this class, I had never really delved into any detective fiction. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the genre, it just wasn’t what I migrated to. So this could be marked as … Continue reading → Continue reading
I decided to listen to Red Harvest as an audiobook, to make better use of my drive time. Audiobooks are a different experience. The narrator’s voice becomes a part of the story, and there are pros and cons to that. … Continue reading → Continue reading
“What’s the rumpus?” This question shows up early in Red Harvest. I recognized it from Miller’s Crossing where it was asked by several chartacters. Miller’s Crossing bears some plot similarities to Red Harvest. You’ve got a guy playing everyone against everyone … Continue reading → Continue reading