Desires of the Dead: A Look at the Crime / Thriller Genre.

If there’s one thing that’s certain about the Crime / Thriller Genre, it’s that it’s a genre that isn’t going anyway anytime soon. All one has to do is turn on the television to find a plethora of wildly successful shows that follow in the steps of some of literature’s best Crime / Thriller narratives—cue Law and Order and the multitude of CSI shows now on television. Derting’s The Body Finder Series has introduced a new generation of Young Adult readers to this exciting genre. The Crime / Thriller genre has produced some of literature’s most compelling stories and most memorable characters. And while the average Young Adult reader might not be savvy to the history of the genre, they will surely recognize some of the genre’s greatest stars.


So how does one exactly define the Crime / Thriller Genre?

Crime fiction is categorised by its dealings with certain aspects of crime and the criminal—and, of course, the police or detectives who solve th em. Crime fiction is a fairly general genre, and there are sub-genres that are more specific, such as detective fiction, some thrillers, hardboiled, and legal thriller. While books that are classified in these genres would also classify as Crime fiction, they can be more narrowly defined by their styles and/or subject matter. The genre can also be divided further, with sub-genres like Victorian detective fiction, Classic detective fiction, Contemporary American Crime fiction, Brit grit, and Crime fiction in graphic novels. (Source:

Notable Literary Contributions:

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

Edgar Allan Poe (The Murders in the Rue Morgue)

Carolyn Keene (Nancy Drew Mysteries)

Franklin W. Dixon (The Hardy Boys Series)

Janet Evanovich (One for the Money)

The Body Finder‘s Violet joins a long line of detective like characters thrown into a world of intrigue and darkness, forever using whatever cognitive abilities ,and in some cases special skills they possess in order to solve some of literature’s most unspeakable crimes. These sleuths share many characteristics, but tend to be characters riddled with normal, everyday problems. These relatable issues are what makes the reader root for our truth-seekers, giving the reader an everyday hero to root for in a world that is becoming increasingly difficult to understand. Escapism at its best.

Want to learn more about this exciting genre? Here are some links to help you continue your own investigation:

* Detective Novels – An Overview

* Crime Culture

* Early Detective Novels

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