What is the American thriller? Has it developed over time? What was it like in the past? This is a book about thrillers and gaining kwledge of what American thrillers were like in a specific period - the 1970s. Analyzing 70s texts about crime, police, detectives, corruption, paraia and revenge, this study aims to open debates on the genre in the light of audience theory, literary history and the place of popular fiction at the moment of its production.
PAUL COBLEY is Senior Lecturer in Communications at London Guildhall University.