Crime Fiction: American Detectives

Course Dates: 
Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Elizabeth Lynne Pou
Course Catalogs: 
2011 Fall

This survey course focuses on three types of American detective fiction: police detectives, tough guy private eyes, and women private investigators. The course will consist of brief lectures to describe the genre at the beginning of each class, followed by extensive group discussion and sharing on the day’s topic. There is a suggested reading list for each of the subgenres, and participants will be expected to read at least two books from each list (and hopefully, tell the group about others that aren’t on the list). Many of the books on the lists will be available for borrowing from the instructor’s personal library.

Elizabeth Lynne Pou ( is a retired lawyer/consultant/Peace Corps volunteer with a lifelong interest in crime fiction and a collection of over 5000 first edition hardback books. A North Carolina native, she spent most of her adult life in New York City where at one point she was a pay-free intern at The Mysterious Bookshop, the oldest surviving mystery store in the United States (and probably the world).