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Crime Fiction Fiction in any form is always intended to be realistic Raymond Chandler The simple art of murder Crime fiction is no different Underpinned by its trademark conventions - a crime a mystery around how the crime was committed a detective an intricate convoluted plot and a climatic all is revealed denouement - the genre has evolved to reflect changing social contexts of composition and to reflect upon the issues and values concerning the society of the day Comparison of the works of the simple who dunnits of Arthur Conan such as the Sussex Vampire 19 with The Big Sleep 1940 LA Confidential 1990 and Snow Falling on Cedars 1998 reveals the nature of the evolutionary process which has enabled the genre to stand the test of time whilst also moving with the times The result has been ongoing success for a genre which continues to appeal to the modern audience The Golden Age of crime fiction epitomised by the works of ACD and later AC reflected upon a society defined by moral certitude and unwavering belief in justice Hence the conventions of the genre which were largely established in this era serve to reaffirm upper class British societys confidence in itself In the Sussex Vampire Holmess comment Im sure theres a rational explanation for this is indicative of a culture that rejects crime as an aberration an anomaly amid a morally steadfast society In this scrupulously flawless world the detective is a pillar of knowledge and wisdom the quintessential sleuth Further reflecting upon their self assured society the detective saw the crime as a problem in logic and deduction the simple Art of Murder epitomised by Holmess arrogant assertion in the Sussex Vampire that he will disprove the common fear Juxtaposing the Golden Ages belief in humanity the genre soon evolved to reflect a society which had lived through WW2 and the Great Depression giving birth to a movement
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