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The classic detective story is a tale that features a mystery andor the commission of a crime emphasizing the search for a solution It is distiguished from other forms of fiction by the fact that it is a puzzle in which the reader is not a participant at all but a witness looking over the detectives shoulder Although a crime usually has been committed the readers attention is directed to mysterious circumstances surrounding the crime rather than to the event itself The tales climax is the solution of the puzzle and the main part of the narrative involves the logical process by which the investigator follows a series of clues to this solution Very often the detective solves the mystery by means of deductive reasoning from facts known both to the character and the reader An example of a classical detective story is Sir Arthur Conan Doyles The Hound of the Baskervilles Sherlock Holmes is portrayed as the classic detective arrogant omniscient and self absorbed who comes through not only with simplicity but also as an extremely sensitive character He solves mysteries that interfere with the order of the society in which they live by making assumptions out of observable physical facts The short detective story became very popular and many were the authors who dedicated themselves to this genre but the public became unsatisfied of the unrealistic characterizations in the stories and the repetitive tricks used by the detectives This decrease of attention and interest from the readers led to the development of the hard-boiled style Guzman 2 The characteristics of the hard-boiled detective are different to those of the classic one The hard-boiled detective is usually a strong individual that is tough against himself and the others His surrounding world is mostly hostile and aggressive living on the mean streets of urban cities like Los Angeles and New York where fighting drinking swearing poverty and death were all part of
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