Classical crime books belong to crime fiction, a literary genre which describes fictionalised crimes and criminals, as well as their detections and motivations. Classic crime books usually differ from other genres such as mainstream fiction, historical fiction and science fiction; nevertheless, sometimes, these boundaries are blurred. Crime fiction has different sub-genres including courtroom drama, detective fiction, legal thrillers and hard-boiled fiction. As well as this, the suspense is a typical feature of this genre, which leave the reader in a mysterious context.
Crime books have a psychological impact on the reader who completely focuses on the story and becomes a mediated observer of the crime. As well as this, this genre can be seen as a method for readers to escape their reality and personal lives thanks to their strong narrative.
Classical crime books date back to the 1800s with the publication of the Mademoiselle de Scuderi by Edgar Allan Poe, the author who developed the framework for the classic detective story.
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