In both British and American detective fiction the police detective has emerged as a fictional protagonist. However, the American policemen have not achieved the prominence of their British counterparts. The thirteen essays in this volume indicate some of the principle elements which appear again and again in both British and American police procedurals.
Earl F. Bargainnier ( 1987) was Fuller E. Callaway Professor of English Language and Literature at Wesleyan College. A former president of the Popular Culture Association, he was the author of more than sixty articles and "The Gentle Art of Murder: The Detective Fiction of Agatha Christie." He also edited "Twelve Englishmen of Mystery "and co-edited "Cops and Constables.""
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