"Great mystery and suspense writers have created some of the most unforgettable stories in all of literature. Even readers who don't consider themselves fans of this intriguing genre are familiar with names such as Hercule Poirot, Sam Spade, and Robert Langdon, and understand the deep and lasting impact this writing has had on literature as a whole. An utterly captivating and compelling genre, mystery and suspense has leapt off the pages of the old dime store paperbacks onto big screens, small screens, radio serials, and more. How did it become so prevalent? Why is mystery and suspense a go-to genre for so many readers around the world? What makes the dark and sometimes grisly themes appealing? Professor David Schmid of the University of Buffalo examines these questions, as he guides you through an examination the many different varieties of the genre. In doing so, you'll travel the road of mystery and suspense backward and forward in time, around the world, and alongside some of the most amazing minds in literature. "
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