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Introduction

  • Brian Cliff
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Part of the Crime Files book series (CF)

Abstract

This chapter surveys the history and reception of Irish crime fiction, and connects that survey to existing critical discussions of other Irish genres. It considers the factors that have contributed to Irish crime fiction’s recent and rapid growth in production and popularity. In doing so, the chapter discusses some distinguishing features of Irish crime fiction, including Irish society’s relationship to the police, and the impact of the island’s small scale on the varieties of crime depicted. The chapter also establishes significant patterns in the genre, particularly the role of civic corruption (most often related to land and the property market), supernatural narratives, and the prominence of empathy as a theme.

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  • Brian Cliff
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  1. 1.Trinity College DublinDublinIreland

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