Hard-Boiled Sentimentality

The Secret History of American Crime Stories
Author(s): Leonard Cassuto
Original Publish Date: Nov 05, 2008
Product Number: EB00639096
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780231501651
Please log in to view pricing


Leonard Cassuto's cultural history links the testosterone-saturated heroes of American crime stories to the sensitive women of the nineteenth-century sentimental novel. From classics like The Big Sleep and The Talented Mr. Ripley to neglected paperback gems, Cassuto chronicles the dialogue--centered on the power of sympathy--between these popular genres and the sweeping social changes of the twentieth century, ending with a surprising connection between today's serial killers and the domestic fictions of long ago.

Sign up for our email newsletter