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The Rise of Detective Novels

"This branch of fiction developed in the middle of the 19th century and flourished in the first decades of the twentieth century. The popularity of detective literature grew alongside the accelerated growth in urbanization of the human society who believed that a man could decipher the world around him using his brain alone and solve his own troubles.

In this type of literature, crime stories - especially murders - are described in the form of a mystery in which the book's protagonist investigates and solves the mystery using only his sharp logic and by following the clues intertwined throughout the book.

Many writers have gained world fame thanks to the heroes of their books that have become cultural heroes. The forerunner of suspense literature and detective novels was Edgar Allan Poe whose book - "The Murders on Morag Street" was the first detective story ever written about a private detective investigating a mysterious and bizarre murder case. Poe was followed by Earl Stanley Gardner, the creator of Perry Mason. Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, creator of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, and many other great authors.

This literature influenced contemporary detective literature writers such as Harlan Coban, Dan Brown, John Grisham and others.

In Israel, this type of fiction only really flourished in the 1980s."

In the last decade, suspense writer, Meir Carmon, that heads the CCI investigation office, has published three of his books, 'The Old Man with the Broom', 'Murder at Ba'al Beck' and 'Murder of the Tax Collector”, all of which dealt with deciphering suspense-saturated cases and murdered bodies.

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