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The woman who wrote the first American crime (not detective) novel

May 23, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: fiction, journalism.

Metta Victoria Fuller Victor authored and published The Dead Letter in 1867. It is thought to be America’s first full crime novel. (Edgar Allan Poe’s stuff was short stories.) In its day, it was known as a sensation novel. But it’s not America’s first detective novel. The Dead Letter has a crime, of course. There • Read More »

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