27 April 2016

New academic study of Irish detective novels

The Contemporary Irish Detective Novel is a forthcoming academic collection of essays published by Palgrave Macmillan.

It explores the work of writers including Peter Tremayne, John Connolly, Declan Hughes, Ken Bruen, John Banville as Benjamin Black, Brian McGilloway, Stuart Neville, Tana French and Jane Casey.

"The Contemporary Irish Detective Novel opens new ground in Irish literary criticism and genre studies. It considers the detective genre’s position in Irish Studies and the standing of Irish authors within the detective novel tradition."

Contributors include Carol Baraniuk, Nancy Marck Cantwell, Brian Cliff, Fiona Coffey, Charlotte J. Headrick, Andrew Kincaid, Audrey McNamara, and Shirley Peterson. The book's editor, Elizabeth Mannion, has taught at Trinity College Dublin, Rutgers University and Temple University.

The 168-page book doesn't come cheap: the hardback costs £55, with an eBook version available shortly for £43.99.