Crime fiction is defined as "a work in which crime is central to the plot." It is considered a "genre of detective fiction distinguished by emphasis on character and atmosphere rather than solving a mystery. Examples are the works of US writers Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler during the 1930s and, in the second half of the 20th century, US writer Patricia Highsmith and English author Ruth Rendell."
Text: Bailey, Frankie Y. "Crime Fiction." Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology. 2017-07-27. Oxford University Press. Accessed 31 Mar. 2018.
"crime fiction." The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide, edited by Helicon, 1st edition, 2016. Credo Reference, http://sc4.idm.oclc.org/login?qurl=https://search.credoreference.com/content/entry/heliconhe/crime_fiction/0?institutionId=5065. Accessed 05 Apr. 2018.