“How did you say he died again?” Forctis Eaton asked from the floor where he was crouched next to the sallow corps in question. He gazed up at the man who stood in the small dark room, whose name it had never so much as crossed Eaton’s mind to ask, with his eyebrows puckered and pulled together into a frown and his jaw set in a way that made it appear far too angular to be natural. The man with the mystery name, was clearly startled by Eaton’s forward demeanour and chiselled face that reflected experiences and things seen far beyond his years, these made him appear older than he factually was. Not that anyone knew his age, or anything else about him for that matter. So startled by this in fact that it took him a full three minutes and twenty three and a half seconds, by Eaton’s count to respond. When his composure finally returned he replied simply, “I didn’t…” This clearly frustrated Eaton for reasons known solely to him as he took a deep breath and ran his hand through the dark and wild mane that he called his hair. His dark hair was a perfect juxtaposition to his pale skin, as was the dark shadow of stubble that clouded across his skin. He probably could have been considered handsome if it weren’t for his guarded persona and bitter cold wall that any approaching stranger, or even friend, ran straight into. He looked up through his thick black camel eyelashes at the man and through his gritted teeth and clenched jaw he managed to growl out with a glint in his unusually dark blue eyes that illuminated and highlighted the faint flick of green in his left eye, “Surely by account of the fact that I tried to acquire that information from you again, despite the fact it may not have been previously disclosed to me, it would be insinuated that the knowledge I seek is still required and thus you are being a hindrance to me rather than a help by stating the obvious, I suppose you do not know very much about me, however you will very quickly learn that I do not regularly deal in the obvious and-“ He stood up swiftly before continuing, his sculpted forearm muscles rippling as he did and strode towards the man whom was receiving this rather un-necessary scolding from Eaton, his walk the walk of a man with far bigger, more puzzling and absorbing things on his mind than the length of his stride or the weightiness of his footfalls. When he was less than 6 inches away from the man he drew himself up to his full height and tensed all his muscles so his presence was ever more intimidating and daunting. He looked the nameless man in the eyes, as he always did to anyone he talked to so he could see into their soul. See if they were scared, or brave, or anxious or anything else. Like lying. Then he continued his monologue in a lower, tenser tone, “I don’t like to be hindered by those whom desire my help. I am not a patient man, however neither am I a cruel man. I’m just a man who repels human nature and rejects human instinct. If you wish for me to assist you than I suggest you listen to this: the first thing you will learn from me is to speak only when spoken to, and when you speak please do so intelligently. If I wanted to waste my time educating fools, I would have become a teacher. Don’t annoy me.” Deciding that the man was sufficiently terrified, he turned away and began walking, before swiftly turning on his hill and flatly saying, “Name? “The man to whom he was addressing looked confused and stuttered out, “P-Pardon Sir?” Eaton rolled his eyes as he so often did and repeated in an agitated voice that he was struggling to keep steady, while mentally counting in his head to calm himself down. “Name, I said what your name is?” He snapped the last part and reprimanded himself by a firm pinch to his thigh by the hand he had buried deep in his pocket. After a moment, although it appeared an infinity to a man with far better things to be doing, such as Eaton, he replied in a small shaking voice barely audible, “P-Peter, My name is Peter, Peter
become a generic term for hard-boiled private detective, recognized even by those who have neither seen the movie nor read Hammett's novel.
Dashiell Hammett and Detective Fiction
The Maltese Falcondid more than transform individual careers; it helped change the detective genre and paved the way for film noir. Indeed, Huston's film represents a change in film detectives somewhat comparable with the influence of Dashiell Hammett's work on detectives in literature. The literary genre was itself a…
The History of Critics
The Roaring 20s, the time of the post WW1 era, jazz age bootleggers, organized crime, gangster era, and hardboiled detective fiction. Hardboiled detective fiction is a genre of detective fiction that consist a private investigator, also known as the private eye. What really intrigues me about this genre is the way justice gets served, what I mean is the stories end in either judicial justice where the culprit goes to jail or in poetic justice, where the culprit must live with…
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How Megan Abbott Made The End of Everything An Interesting Crime Fiction
The most important part of The End of Everything is its ability of it to make the reader to be interested in the book, as there are no actions like all the other crime fiction stories. Having the reader to be interested in the story is especially, and very important in crime fiction books. Sometimes, the story can get very complicated, and there is a possibility that the reader can lose…
Crime fiction is the genre of fiction that deals with crimes, their detection, criminals and their
motives. The film “The Bone Collector” complies with the conventions of crime fiction genre as
it follows a ‘whodunit’ structure. There are many features such as characterisation, false
herrings and clues that support the overall plot.
Lincoln Rhyme is portrayed as a morally upright, intelligent and isolated protagonist who can
decipher evidence. This is shown throughout his daily life and whenever he solves a crime…
According to “Truman Capote’s Greatest Lie,” written by Laura Miller. Miller discusses about the facts that Capote included in his piece. According to Miller, Capote wrote that the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the KBI, and the Dewey, the detective, believed immediately that Dick and Perry were the murderers. However, it was later revealed by the prosecutor, Duane West, that “Dewey was convinced it was somebody local who had a grudge against Herb Clutter.” (Source E). This explains the inaccurate…
Arguably one of the most well-known detective groups in the genre of children’s mystery is a group of four teenage detectives and their very famous dog who solve local, national, and international crimes by simply splitting up and searching for clues. This mystery solving group, better known as Mystery Incorporated, has been a Saturday morning hit since the end of the late 1960s (“Scooby Doo History”). Many parents and children are fans of the Scooby Doo franchise because it “encourages [children]…
Film and Fiction Study
After making several researches about noir film, I know that noir film is a cinematic term from French translated literally as black film. It is called black because it refers to films about the crimes in the underground world of Hollywood, especially emphasizing actions that ambiguity between the ethical standards such as good and bad, criminal or justice; and sexual motivation (1). For example, in The Maltese Falcon, at first I thought Sam Spade was a…
Adams, Douglas. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.
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2. Copyright 1987 by Douglas Adams. Modern. Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Science Fiction, Speculative fiction. This story was written during the late 80’s and portrays a lot of detective work. During the 80’s being a detective was the cool thing. Douglas introduces…
to the reader.
Both the Woman in White and the lady in the Lake are examples of detective fiction genres, though from different eras. WIW could be described as a very early example of the detective genre as well as have intimations of gothic and romance undertone, but uses the provincial Victorian characters of Walter Hartwright and Marian Holcombe to do the detecting, whereas LITL is part of the hardboiled detective style that emerged out of the sleazy under belly of 1940s America and centres around…
Cultural Impact of Sherlock Holmes
When someone mentions the occupation of detective, a single image usually comes to mind, a man wearing a cape and deerstalker, holding a magnifying glass and smoking a pipe. This entire image can be contributed to one character: Sherlock Holmes. Holmes is considered by many to be the greatest detective to ever exist, even if he only exists in the pages of books and on movie and television screens. It is impossible to escape the influence of Holmes. Countless…