A Life Of Crime



Could P D James commit murder? In the first of four programmes on crime fiction, British writer Frances Fyfield talks to other major literary names about murder and how it is represented on the page.


For more than forty years, Evan Hunter has lived a double life.

By day, he has written classic novels such as `The Blackboard Jungle', but by night he has been Ed McBain, writer of crime novels.

In the second of four programmes on crime fiction, Evan meets other writers with similarly split personalities.


In the third of four programmes, acclaimed Scottish writer Ian Rankin investigates mysteries with a message, with contributions from novelists Nicholas Blincoe, Tony Hillerman, Val McDermid, Mike Phillips and Andrew Vachss.

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In the last of four programmes on crime fiction, Kinky Friedman - the cigar-chomping, ranch-dwelling writer of detective novels featuring a cigar-chomping, ranch-dwelling private eye called Kinky Friedman - meets the creators of four other notorious private investigators: Sara Paretsky, Sue Grafton, James Crumley and Lawrence Block.