This is the first book about the relationship between the development of forensic science in the nineteenth century and the new literary genre of detective fiction in Britain and America--from Poe, Dickens and Hawthorne through Twain and Conan Doyle to Hammett, Chandler and Christie. Ronald R.... read more
1. The devices of truth
Part I. Tell-Tale Hearts:
2. The lie detector and the thinking machine
3. The unequal voice in 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue'
4. The letter of the law in The Woman in White
5. The criminal type in 'A Case of Identity'
6. The voice of America in Red Harvest
Part II. Arresting Shots:
7. The mug shot and the magnifying glass
8. Photographic memories in Bleak House
9. Double exposure in The House of the Seven Gables
10. Negative images in 'A Scandal in Bohemia'
11. Empty cameras in The Big Sleep and Farewell My Lovely
Part III. Identifying Marks:
12. The fingerprint and the map of crime
13. Foreign bodies in A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four
14. Accusing hands in Puddn'head Wilson
15. International plots in The Maltese Falcon and Murder on the Orient Express
16. Missing persons and secret agents
Selected works for further reading
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