How we change what others think, feel, believe and do
A crime occurs when criminal law is broken by a criminal. A typical crime story format is:
A typical fold in the story happens where an innocent person is the prime suspect up until a point when it is realized that this is wrong.
The reader may be involved to varying degrees, for example knowing the criminal when the detective does not. They may also be enticed to follow lines of thought as they are presented with a set of clues. Assorted devices may be used for this.
Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories.
Sometimes many of us would like to commit crimes, but are prevented by our conscience or the thought of being caught and punished. Crime stories thus provide us with vicarious pleasure without having to cross the criminal line.
Crime stories are also reassuring that all is well in the world as the police usually capture the criminals.
There is a wide range of crime story structure including:
Note in these the main crimes of theft, violence (particularly murder) and capture.
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