1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Crime Fiction and Ecology

Edited By Nathan Ashman Copyright 2023
    458 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Crime Fiction and Ecology is the first comprehensive examination of crime fiction and ecocriticism. Across 33 innovative chapters from leading international scholars, this Handbook considers an emergent field of contemporary crime narratives that are actively responding to a diverse assemblage of global environmental concerns, whilst also opening up ‘classic’ crime fictions and writers to new ecocritical perspectives. Rigorously engaged with cutting-edge critical trends, it places the familiar staples of crime fiction scholarship – from thematic to formal approaches – in conversation with a number of urgent ecological theories and ideas, covering subjects such as environmental security, environmental justice, slow violence, ecofeminism and animal studies. The Routledge Handbook of Crime Fiction and Ecology is an essential introduction to this new and dynamic research field for both students and scholars alike.

    Placing Crime Fiction and Ecology: An Introduction

    Nathan Ashman

    Part I: Space and Topography

    1. Affect in Peter May’s Lewis and Harris Novels
    2. Terry Gifford

    3. "The Goshawk Did It": Nature Writing and Detection in Ann Cleeves’
    4. The Crow Trap

      Ian Kenny and Irina Souch

    5. The Norfolk Saltmarsh: Elly Griffiths and Place in Contemporary Crime Fiction
    6. Nicola Bishop

    7. The Big Deep: The Ecological Turn in Nordic Noir
    8. Michael Hinds and Tomas Buitendijk

    9. Aesthetic Imaginaries of Nature and Nationhood in the Works of Arnaldur
    10. Indriðason

      Priscilla Jolly

    11. Unsettlement, Climate and Rural/Urban Place-Making in Australian Crime
    12. Fiction

      Rachel Fetherston

      Part II: Bodies and Violence

    13. Pest Control: "Wasp Season" in Agatha Christie’s "The Blue Geranium"
    14. Alicia Carroll

    15. Green Machinations: Unknown Poison, Ecology and Female Criminal Agency in
    16. L.T. Meade’s The Sorceress of the Strand

      Caitlin Anderson

    17. "Scorched Earth": Transgressive Bodies, Historic Criminality, and Colonial
    18. Recursions in Louise Erdrich’s The Round House

      Malinda Hackett

    19. "Animals Taking Revenge": Imagining Murder as an Ecological Encounter in
    20. Olga Tokarczuk’s Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

      Andrew Yallop

    21. Protecting the Rhinos and Our Young Democracy: Nature and the State in
    22. Post-Apartheid South African Crime Fiction

      Colette Guldimann

    23. "Look at Mother Nature on the Run": ‘The Troubles’ in Adrian McKinty’s Sean
    24. Duffy Novels

      Bill Phillips

    25. Environmental Crime and the Dialectics of Slow and Divine Violence in
    26. Poso Wells by Gabriela Alemán

      Rafael Andúgar

      Part III: Epistemologies

    27. "Holmes, that’s some Santa Claus shit": Reading Lydia Millet’s A Children’s
    28. Bible as Ecological Crime Fiction

      MaKenzie Hope Munson and Kevin Andrew Spicer

    29. John D. MacDonald and the Advent of Ecocrime Fiction
    30. Kristopher Mecholsky

    31. Choking to Death: True Crime and the Great Smog
    32. Anita Lam

    33. "Every Crime Has its Peculiar Odor": Detection, Deodorization and Intoxication
    34. Hsuan Hsu

    35. In Paolo Bacigalupi’s Environmental Science Fiction, Immoral and Criminal are
    36. not Synonymous

      Patrick D. Murphy

    37. From Crime Scene to Anthropocene in 2010s Argentinian Narrative
    38. David Conlon

    39. Ecologemes in Contemporary Australian Crime Fiction: The Case of Outback
    40. Noir

      Katrin Althans

      Part IV: Criminality and Justice

    41. Revising Crime in Fiction: An Environmental Invitation
    42. Marta Puxan-Oliva

    43. Criminal Violences: The Continuum of Settler Colonialism and Climate
    44. Crisis in Recent Indigenous Fiction

      Rebecca Tillett

    45. Environmental Racism and Post-Katrina Crime Fiction
    46. Ruth Hawthorn

    47. Seeking Environmental Justice: Muti in South African Crime Fiction
    48. Felicity Hand

    49. A Form of Wild Justice: Carl Hiaasen’s Deployment of Carnivalesque
    50. Environmental Ethics and Moral Technology

      Anna Kirsch

    51. Environmental Concerns in Carl Hiaasen’s Crime Fiction
    52. David Geherin

    53. New Energy, Old Crime: Forms of Individual and Collective Responsibility
    54. in Nordic Crimes Series

      Leonardo Nolé

      Part V: Energy, Globality and Circulation

    55. "It Tasted Like Gasoline": The American Roman Noir and the Oil Encounter
    56. in Elliott Chaze’s Black Wings Has My Angel (1953)

      Nathan Ashman

    57. Oil and the Hardboiled: Petromobility, Settler Colonialism and the Legacy
    58. of the American Century in Thomas King’s Cold Skies

      Alec Follett

    59. "The Whole World…Was a Gigantic Prison": Climate Crisis and Carceral
    60. Capitalism in Rachel Kushner’s The Mars Room

      Megan Cole

    61. Reading Donna Leon as Mediterranean Noir
    62. Valerie McGuire

    63. The Circulation of Global Environmental Concerns: Local and International
    64. Perspectives in the Verdenero Collection and Donna Leon’s Crime Fiction

      Aina Vidal-Pérez

    65. Magic Seeds and The Living Dead: Investigating Transnational Eco-Crimes

    in Rajat Chaudhuri’s The Butterfly Effect

    Damini Ray


    Nathan Ashman is Lecturer in Crime Writing at the University of East Anglia and the author of James Ellroy and Voyeur Fiction (2018). His research spans the fields of crime fiction, contemporary American fiction, and ecocriticism, with a particular specialism in the works of James Ellroy. He has published articles on numerous writers including Ross Macdonald, E.C. Bentley, Don DeLillo,Megan Abbott and Walter Mosley. His second book, James Sallis: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction, is forthcoming.