cid

commissaire inspector dottore

academic and personal thoughts on detective-inspector novels

essays may contain spoilers

acknowledgments

cid is dedicated to Gyde Martin, my partner in crime :)

Thanks to my late parents for giving me pocket money and sending me down the street to buy Hardy Boys books, and for always keeping altars of mysteries on their bedside bookshelves.

Many thanks to Chris Conway, Sarah Stephens & Tom Ryan, Audrey Wick, and all the other members of the International Mystery Book Club.

Gratitude to Bruce Krajewski for lots of good reading suggestions and very welcome institutional support.

Special thanks to Jay D'Arcy for advice on writers and other things Icelandic.

Cheers to Christy Tidwell for being the first person to recommend that I read Henning Mankell.