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The Private Eye
The private eye

Ethnography is … a superordinate discourse to which all other discourses are relativized and in which they have their meaning and justification.

—Tyler (1986, p. 122)

Crime fiction's intrinsic interest in society—in the law and in the violation of the law—inevitably involves an exploration of the experience of modernity, of what it means to be caught up in this maelstrom of perpetual disintegration and renewal, of struggle and contradiction, of ambiguity and anguish.

—Thompson (1993, p. 8)

Photography made it possible for the first time to preserve permanent and unmistakable traces of the human being. The detective story came into being when this most decisive of all conquests of a person's incognito had been accomplished. Since then the end of efforts to catch a ...

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