"Readable, stimulating and informative, this is a book that celebrates great Irish writing, much of which has never before been the subject of such in-depth scholarly attention. Offering 17 chapters on a huge variety of topics, the collection shows definitively that crime fiction has become one of Ireland’s most vital, creative and transformative modes of contemporary writing."—Patrick Lonergan, NUI Galway
"Guilt Rules All does an outstanding job of conveying the breadth of the genre that encompasses mystery, detective and crime fiction. An eclectic set of contributors—writers, scholars and aficionados— examine overarching themes in fresh and innovative ways."—Miriam Nyhan Grey, New York University
"Guilt Rules All explores the robust body of crime fiction produced in the Republic and Northern Ireland across decades. It offers important new perspectives with its attention to women writers, its impressive array of authors and texts, and its sophisticated readings that enrich our understanding not only of Irish crime fiction, but also of Irish writing more generally."—Paige Reynolds, author of Modernism, Drama, and the Audience for Irish Spectacle
Irish crime fiction, long present on international bestseller lists, has been knocking on the door of the academy for a decade. With a wide range of scholars addressing some of the most essential Irish detective writing, Guilt Rules All confirms that this genre has arrived. The essays collected here connect their immediate subjects—contemporary Irish crime writers—to Irish culture, literature, and history. Anchored in both canonical and emerging themes, this collection draws on established Irish studies discussions while emphasizing what is new and distinct about Irish crime fiction.
Guilt Rules All considers best-sellers like Adrian McKinty and Liz Nugent, as well as other significant writers whose work may fall outside of traditional notions of Irish literature or crime fiction. The essays consider a range of themes—among them globalization, women and violence, and the Troubles—across settings and time frames, allowing readers to trace the patterns that play a meaningful role in this developing genre.
Antecedents and Beginnings
1. “Just One More Thing: Freeman Wills Crofts’s and the Inverted Mystery” Shane Mawe
2. “Before the Tiger Roared: Bartholomew Gill’s Ireland” Elizabeth Mannio
3.“‘Make us human’: Julie Parson’s Michael McLoughlin Trilogy” Bridget English
4. “‘A land of shame, a land of murder and a land of strange, sacrificial women’: Representation of Wealth, Gender, and Race in Irish Language Crime Fiction in Irish” Caitlín Nic Íomhair
Historical Crime Fiction
5. “Hospitality and Surveillance: Imperial Crime in Conor Brady’s Victorian Dublin” Nancy Marck Cantwell
6. “How History Helps: Michael Russell’s Irish Thrillers” Eunan O’Halpin
Novelists and Readers
7. “Ren Bryce: Hiding in Plain Sight” Declan Burke
8. “The Ties that Bind: Arlene Hunt’s QuicK Investigations” Joe Long
9. “The Touch: Steve Cavanagh’s Eddie Flynn Series” Gerard Brennan
Adapting Hard-Boiled Models
10. “Troubling the Genre: Declan Burke's Harry Rigby Novels” Maureen T. Reddy
11. “‘A Spanner in the Works’: Metaphysical Detection in Colin Bateman’s Dan Starkey Series” Brandi Byrd
12. “‘This Isn’t Fucking Miss Marple, Mate’: Adrian McKinty’s Sean Duffy” Anjili Babbar
13. “The Radical and the Unrepresentable in Gene Kerrigan’s Dublin Tetralogy” Richard Howard
14. “Serial Domestic Noir: Louise Phillip’s Kate Pearson Series” Rosemary Erickson Johnsen
15. “Searching for the Missing, Haunted by the Troubles: Claire McGowan’s Paula Maguire” Vivian Valvano Lynch
16. “More than Domestic: Toward a Theory of Maternal Noir” Fiona Coleman Coffey
17. “Between the Lines: Liz Nugent’s Malignant Protagonists” Brian Cliff
Elizabeth Mannion teaches at Baruch College, City University of New York. She is the author of several books, including The Urban Plays of the Early Abbey Theatre, and editor of The Contemporary Irish Detective Novel.
Brian Cliff is a visiting research fellow in the School of English at Trinity College, Dublin. He is the coeditor of several books and the author of Irish Crime Fiction.
6 x 9, 304 pages