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Title: A critical review of four novels : Hitman, The Fixer, Baptism and Sacrifice
Author: Kinnings, Max
ISNI:       0000 0004 6348 9026
Awarding Body: Brunel University London
Current Institution: Brunel University
Date of Award: 2017
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In this critical review I will explore the aims and influences; themes, characterisation, genre and plot summaries; research impact, publication histories and critical reception of my four novels: Hitman, The Fixer, Baptism and Sacrifice. In addition, I will provide a commentary on the processes and methodology I employed in the writing of the four novels as well as a critical reflection on them. Published between 2000 and 2013, my books represent a body of work that is rooted within the British crime thriller genre. However, in the nature of the novels’ construction and target readerships, they also represent two distinct literary styles. The first two novels, Hitman and The Fixer, published in 2000 and 2001 respectively are satirical thrillers in which I experiment with genre with the intention of unsettling and confounding readers’ expectations while at the same time, testing the boundaries of what the crime fiction genre can sustain. In these two novels, I draw on a range of influences and traditions in literature, film and popular culture. The second two novels, Baptism and Sacrifice, published in 2012 and 2013 are more closely aligned to the accepted conventions of the thriller genre but are no less ambitious in their intention to explore new forms of plotting and characterisation. In their writing, I was influenced more by contemporary geo-politics, particularly surveillance, intelligence, cyber warfare and the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and 7/7 than I was by literature and film. The latter two books continue a theme of experimentation I began in the first two, combining disparate influences to create original fiction. Further reflection will be made on the part that these novels have played, and continue to play, within my ongoing body of work as a novelist, screenwriter and Creative Writing academic.
Supervisor: Penny, S. ; Morrison, J. ; Thorne, M. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Creative writing ; Crime writing ; Thriller writing ; Critical reflection ; Literary studies