As I'm never sure if my messages reach the List, I'll be short.
The books by Mandel on crime ficition are rather well known.
I've read two of them (long ago - French translations) and I was far from convinced. Besides interesting ideas about "class" literature, I had the feeling Mandel did not know very well the scope and large field of the crime ficition and their authors.
E.Borgers POLAR NOIR http://www.geocities.com/polarnoir/\\
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