Who’s to Blame?

  • Mary EvansEmail author
  • Sarah Moore
  • Hazel Johnstone


We extend the work done in Chapter One to establish the ‘scene of the crime’, that is, the broad social, political, and economic context of the post-1970s period that we believe is so vividly brought to life in detective fiction. Our concern is with the post-1970s epistemological shift - what is often referred to as the postmodern turn. In the world of the post-1970s detective novel, these philosophical matters are also deeply social: we are consistently shown that the frustration of not knowing for sure is linked to the problem of corruption, broadly conceived. There is always, in this fiction, a ‘bigger picture’ that is in turns obscured and revealed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Gender StudiesLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Social & Policy SciencesUniversity of BathBathUK

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