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How crime fiction murdered its competition

This month’s Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival celebrates a genre that is outselling its literary rivals

The best crime novels of 2017

The finest blood-spattered fiction of the last 12 months

Philip K Dick: Five of his best books

The author who inspired Blade Runner wrote with an extraordinary prescience about the future

Be warned, your webcam is watching you

Cyber criminals are turning our computers and mobile phones against us in increasingly sinister ways

Crime fiction is finally getting the critical respect it deserves

Could a crime novel triumph for the second year in a row at the Man Booker Prize?

Five reasons why the Jack Reacher novels are brilliant

Stav Sherez explains why Lee Child’s creation is worthy of critical respect and picks out five must-read Reacher novels

Cowboy comforts

How did I get myself into this? I’m halfway up a mountain in Montana, wrestling with a pair of cross-country…