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Detecting Crime in a Police State: Fact and Fiction, Quotes

Reading William Ryan’s The Holy Thief and getting to know Captain Alexei Dmitriyevich Korolev of the Moscow Criminal Investigation Division set me to thinking about the role of a police detective in a totalitarian state, often called a “police state.” … Continue reading

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Vienna Mysteries, Not Cozy: Frank Tallis Quotes

Pastries and Perversion: To whet your appetite for my upcoming review of one of Frank Tallis’s great mysteries, here are some quotations from his work.  He has in less than a decade written six striking psychological thrillers, set in turn-of-the-last-century Vienna. I … Continue reading

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Quotations: And other people say . . .

Dorothy L. Sayers Death in particular seems to provide the minds of the Anglo-Saxon race with a greater fund of innocent amusement than any other single subject. Quoted  by P.D. James in TalkingaboutDetectiveFiction (Alfred A. Knopf, New York, Toronto, 2009, … Continue reading

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Quotations: And other people say. . .

 . . .on other historical mystery/thrillers . . . these came to mind after reviewing William Ryan’s “The Holy Thief” . . . Hans Fallada wrote in his 1946 Foreword to his great postwar novel of the Nazi years in Germany, … Continue reading

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Quotations: And other people say . . .

 Erik Routley: In a perfect world there will be no need for detective stories: but then there will be nothing to detect. Their disappearance at this moment, however, will not bring the world any nearer to perfection. The high-minded would … Continue reading

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