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Dashiell Hammett, <i>The Maltese Falcon</i>

Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon

Mystery

Document Type Paperback Novel
 
Category Mystery
 
Conventions - "closed door" mysteries
- detective character
- moment of confession or revelation
 
Examples - Dashiell Hammet, The Maltese Falcon
- Mary Higgins Clark, The Cradle Will Fall
- Sue Grafton's alphabetical series
- Agatha Christie
 
Description Mysteries present the readership with a crime to be solved, or a mystery to be discovered. Sensational elements of the thriller are set against logic and discovery to create the genre's basic tension; as the novel builds to the climax of revelation, readers are propelled by trying to solve the mystery before the detective, or in watching the detective discover what the readers already know.

It is an absolutely necessary rule of the mystery that all of the suspects must be presented to the reader; as well, none of the evidence or clues can be concealed. Therefore, the reader can potentially solve the mystery even before the detective.
 
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Genre record edited by Andrea Hasenbank at 2003-10-03 12:27:14

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