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Thrill kills: turning crime into mass-market pornography June 18, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Books.

Almost as old as the Bible is the work of the Ancient Greeks: in Oedipus Rex, Sophocles explores the repercussions of one of the most abhorrent crimes, patricide.

In Macbeth, Shakespeare tackled the killing of a King. Crime is the new pornography: people can’t get enough of it. And while Thrill kills: turning crime into mass-market pornography one should wonder: if this is a new, modern trend, then which one is the ancient?

And where would bookshops be without crime? They’re not my preferred reading, but I have fewer problems with detective fiction, which has a longer history than even Sherlock Holmes could fathom, than true crime, the rehashing of real cases.

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