Crossing the divide

Harriet Tyce considers the long and complicated relationship between crime and literary fiction.

The divide between crime and ‘literary’ fiction goes way back. Dorothy B. Hughes wrote In a Lonely Place in 1947, and it’s a masterpiece, in my view.  The first example of narration from the point of view of a serial killer, written at least five years before Jim Thompson’s The Killer Inside Me, it would not surprise me at all to discover that Patricia Highsmith borrowed much inspiration from the anti-hero, Dix Steele, in her creation of Tom Ripley. Continue reading

Introducing Noirwich 2017

The line-up for this year’s Noirwich Crime Writing Festival has been announced, marking the return of Val McDermid alongside an incredible collection of genre heavyweights including Martina Cole, Arne Dahl and Anthony Horowitz. As the festival enters its fourth year, co-director and UEA senior lecturer Henry Sutton reveals the motivations behind creating the festival. Continue reading