Criminal Convictions by Nicolas Freeling
Errant Essays on Perpetrators of Literary License

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Essays by the preeminent crime novelist about other crime writers, including Sayers, Conan Doyle, Simenon, but also Kipling, Dickens, and Conrad.
 

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Novelist Nicolas Freeling was born in London on March 3, 1927. After serving in the military and working as a cook, he began his first novel, Love in Amsterdam, while in prision for theft. He is best know for his Piet Van der Valk dective stories which inspired two television series. He also created the Henri Castang series and wrote numerous individual novels. He received the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America for The King of the Rainy Country. He also won the Gold Dagger from the British Crime Writers Association and France's Grand Prix de Roman Policier. He died on July 20, 2003 at the age of 76.
 
Published July 1, 1994 by David R Godine. 155 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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``Nearly all good writers are `crime writers,' '' contends Freeling, author of 31 crime novels of his own (Flanders Sky, 1992, etc.), in this collection of essays and aperáus on the writers and writings that most interest and influence him.

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In these witty, elegant, original essays, Freeling, famous English writer of detective novels, first examines crime themes in major 19th-century writers: Dickens, for whom crime is symptomatic of the Victorian bourgeois world's complacency, corruption and squeezing of the poor;

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