Irish Crime Fiction

  • Brian Cliff

Part of the Crime Files book series (CF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Brian Cliff
    Pages 1-23
  3. Brian Cliff
    Pages 25-66
  4. Brian Cliff
    Pages 67-100
  5. Brian Cliff
    Pages 101-139
  6. Brian Cliff
    Pages 141-180
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 181-203

About this book


This book examines the recent expansion of Ireland's literary tradition to include home-grown crime fiction. It surveys the wave of books that use genre structures to explore specifically Irish issues such as the Troubles and the rise and fall of the Celtic Tiger, as well as Irish experiences of human trafficking, the supernatural, abortion, and civic corruption. These novels are as likely to address the national regulation of sexuality through institutions like the Magdalene Laundries as they are to follow serial killers through the American South or to trace international corporate conspiracies.
This study includes chapters on Northern Irish crime fiction, novels set in the Republic, women protagonists, and transnational themes, and discusses Irish authors’ adaptations of a well-loved genre and their effect on assumptions about the nature of Irish literature. It is a book for readers of crime fiction and Irish literature alike, illuminating the fertile intersections of the two.


Irish crime fiction Ireland's literary tradition The Troubles Celtic Tiger Northern Ireland Republic of Ireland Irish literature

Authors and affiliations

  • Brian Cliff
    • 1
  1. 1.Trinity College DublinDublinIreland

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