Probable Cause: Crime Fiction in America

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American crime fiction has developed into writing that has a commitment to democracy and the democratic way of life, a compassion and empathy and a style which has created a significant branch of American literature.

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LeRoy Lad Panek is Professor of English and chair of the department at Western Maryland College, where he teaches Shakespeare and Renaissance literature. His previous books on detective fiction have earned two Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America and the George Dove Award from the Popular Culture Association of America. He is currently working on a book about first-generation hard-boiled writers.

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Nobody has written comprehensively about the history of crime, violence and police forces in the United States. And it's easy to tell why. Views of crime often depend on the public's perception of it, and there was scarcely a time from 1840 to 1940 when Americans did not think that they were experiencing a crime-wave of immense proportions.

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