20 rules for writing detective stories

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Bartlett 1 Bradley Bartlett Reading Response #2: S. S. Van Dine 9 September 2007 20 Rules For Writing Detective Stories: Summary 1. All clues are plainly stated and described. 2. Only the criminal's tricks may deceive the reader. 3. There must be no love interests. 4. The detective is never the culprit. 5. The culprit is determined logically, never by accident or coincidence. 6. A detective must be present and must detect. 7. A corpse is necessary. 8. The crime is solved by naturalistic means. (no mind-reading, etc.) 9. There may only be one detective. 10. The culprit must be a main character in the story. 11. The culprit must be a person one wouldn't normally suspect. 12. There may only be one main culprit. 13. Secret societies have no place in a murder. 14. The method of murder must be rational and scientific. (no magic, etc.) 15. The truth of the problem must always be apparent. 16. The detective must not be over-characterized. 17. The criminal may never feel guilty for the crime.
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  • Fall '07
  • Detective fiction, detective stories, S. S. Van Dine, Van Dine

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