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The locked room mystery is one of the iconic creations of popular fiction. Michael Cook's critical study reveals how this archetypal form of the puzzle story has had a significant effect in shaping the immensely popular genre of detective fiction. The book includes analysis of texts from Poe to the present day.
About the Author
MICHAEL COOK worked as Regional Director for the National Trust in South-West England until his retirement in 2002. He then completed a Ph.D. in English at the University of Bristol, UK, which was awarded in 2008. He has lectured on diverse subjects including film and conservation, and is currently researching the Ghost Story and the poetry of John Clare and Wilfred Owen.