Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon
||- "closed door" mysteries|
- detective character
- moment of confession or revelation
||- Dashiell Hammet, The Maltese Falcon|
- Mary Higgins Clark, The Cradle Will Fall
- Sue Grafton's alphabetical series
- Agatha Christie
||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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