Michael Nava (essay date 1989)
SOURCE: Nava, Michael. Introduction to Finale, edited by Michael Nava, pp. 7-10. Boston: Alyson Publications, 1989.
[In the following introduction to an anthology of crime-mystery-detective stories by gay and lesbian authors, Nava provides an overview of the selections included in the volume.]
Though it is the bastard child of literature, the mystery has always attracted first-class writers. I came to mysteries in college through Jorge Luis Borges, whose ficciones frequently employed the conventions of the mystery for metaphysical ends. Indeed, one of the first mystery writers I read was G. K. Chesterton, to whose Father Brown stories Borges acknowledged his...
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