detective novel

NOUN
  1. novel in which the reader is challenged to solve a puzzle before the detective explains it at the end
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  • As a general rule, I only read detective novels.
  • Tired of writing detective novels, she began to explore new territory.
  • She's the author of three detective novels under the moniker of Janet Neel.
  • She's the author of three detective novels under the moniker of Janet Neel.
  • It's a kind of hard-boiled detective novel in the style of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.
  • The Singing Detective: A novelist embarks on a fever dream while hospitalized, replete with musical numbers and plot lines from his pulpy detective novel.
  • It was predated by two years with the 1860 publication of "The Trail of the Serpent," by Mary Elizabeth Braddon; it uses the same "casebook" formula replicated afterward by Charles Felix, as did another 1860 detective novel, "The Woman in White," by Wilkie Collins. NYT > Home Page
  • Poe's creation of the detective novel is recognized by the Mystery Writers of America.
  • Crime fiction portrays a world perpetually in extremis, and in the detective novel variant it emphasizes a process of discovery and revelation that in some ways models the very structure of narrative itself. Comedy in Literature
  • What ultimately makes Inherent Vicecompelling is that in accepting the narrative protocols of the detective novel -- which includes the obligatory visit of the femme fatale who initiates the action, an encounter with goons that leaves Doc unconscious, episodes of verbal sparring between Doc and a cop, etc. What's Going On?
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