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Michael Freeman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199272235

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272235.001.0001

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Public and Private Eyes

Public and Private Eyes

(p.375) Public and Private Eyes
Law and Popular Culture

Lawrence M Friedman

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the relation between detective and mystery fiction and law. It mentions that the origin of the detective story and the law against blackmail date from about the same time, roughly during the first half of the 19th century. It explains that the evolution of detective and mystery fiction was influenced by crime rates and public perceptions of crime and that it had influenced changes in the images of law and it may have even led to changes in law.

Keywords:   law, detective fiction, mystery fiction, blackmail, crime rate

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