Plotting the Perfect Crime: A Crime Writing Exhibition from the British Archive for Contemporary Writing

This year’s crime writing exhibition from the British Archive for Contemporary Writing reveals the intricate planning behind some of our greatest contemporary crime novels, with material from Val McDermid, Stuart MacBride and Robert Edric – author of a crime trilogy set in Hull, this year’s City of Culture.

Here, UEA archivist Justine Mann, introduces her personal highlights.

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North Sea Noir

Nick Quantrill is the author of the Joe Geraghty trilogy – Broken Dreams (2010), The Late Greats (2012) and The Crooked Beat (2013) – in addition to Bang Bang You’re Dead (2012) and The Dead Can’t Talk (2016). He lives in Hull.

There’s something about places next to water which gives them a different resonance. Whether that’s through geography and landscape, or the often transient nature of populations and goods, dark thoughts and deeds often come to the fore. They’re different in feel and tone, and that makes them fertile ground for crime writers.

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