Richard Neely Analysis


(Masterpieces of Fiction, Detective and Mystery Edition)

Richard Neely’s writing career is a success story: He has worked steadily at his craft and has seen his novels rise from paperback obscurity to the best-seller lists. He has not been a groundbreaker in the field, nor do lines of influence radiate from his work, yet that work has been consistent, never failing to show the touch of the professional.


(Masterpieces of Fiction, Detective and Mystery Edition)

Anderson, Patrick. The Triumph of the Thriller: How Cops, Crooks, and Cannibals Captured Popular Fiction. New York: Random House, 2007. Comprehensive history of the American thriller provides the tools to understand Neely’s contributions to the genre.

Breen, Jon. “Richard Neely.” In Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers, edited by John M. Reilly. 2d ed. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1985. Combined biography, bibliography, and criticism of Neely and his works.

Horsley, Lee. The Noir Thriller. New York: Palgrave, 2001. Scholarly, theoretically informed study of the thriller genre. Emphasizes its relationship to film noir, an genre that, like Neely’s fiction, often creates and relies on moral ambiguities.

Rzepka, Charles J. Detective Fiction. Malden, Mass.: Polity, 2005. This overview of detective fiction written in English focuses on the relationship between literary representations of private detectives and the cultures that produce those representations. Sheds light on Neely’s work.

Sutton, Judith. Review of An Accidental Woman, by Richard Neely. Library Journal 106, no. 14 (August 1, 1981): 1567. Review of the work, in which brain surgery transforms an ordinary woman into a woman determined to reach the top of her profession. Reviewer found the work entertaining.