The Prone Gunman by Jean-Patrick Manchette
Subverting the ethical norms of crime fiction may seem a distinctly postmodern activity. Yet novelists have been doing it for at least 150 years. Victor Hugo's Les Misérables (1862) is the first significant novel of crime and detection in which the criminal is the hero and the inspector the villain. A century later, this flip-flopping of genre expectati…
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