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terrorism

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The calculated use of violence or threat of violence to inculcate fear. Terrorism is intended to coerce or intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally ...

Terrorism and the Terrorist Procedural

Terrorism and the Terrorist Procedural   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing

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... and the Terrorist Procedural . Terrorism is the application of political power through intimidation and violence . While there are some examples of detectives preventing or halting terrorist plots-in-progress in classic detective fiction, contemporary fiction with plot driven by the depiction of terrorist activities is a subgenre of its own. Golden Age writers may have looked at terrorism as something to be quashed so that the social order might be restored; increasingly writers regard it as the essence of plot in novels so focused on step-by-step...

Prevention of Terrorism Act

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Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

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...of Terrorism Act ( PTA ) . A series of measures rushed through the UK Parliament after the Birmingham pub bombings in 1974 ( see Birmingham Six, the ). Its two main powers were: (1) that of excluding from Britain persons alleged to be involved in Northern Ireland terrorism and (2) that of arresting suspected persons and detaining them for 48 hours, with the possibility of extending detention for a further five days on the authority of the home secretary or the secretary of state for Northern...

Ferdinando Camon

Ferdinando Camon  

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(1935– ).Poet, novelist, and critic. His creative writing focuses on social change in the province of Padua, depicting the decline of peasant life, the effects of terrorism, and, in his ...
Peter Hennessy

Peter Hennessy  

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(1947– ) British historianCabinet (1986) Non-FictionWhitehall (1989) Non-FictionNever Again (1992) Non-FictionThe Hidden Wiring: Unearthing the British Constitution (1995) Non-FictionThe Prime ...
Caper

Caper  

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A subtype of crime and mystery writing in which the formula includes fast-moving action perpetrated by specialized thieves who precisely plan and execute often daring heists before making their ...
Pierre Chambrun

Pierre Chambrun  

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The best known of many series characters created by Hugh Pentecost, is resident manager of New York City's fictitious Hotel Beaumont, a luxury hotel patterned after the Waldorf-Astoria. Chambrun's ...
Hugh Pentecost

Hugh Pentecost  

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Pseudonym of Judson P(entecost) Philips (1930–1989), American writer of mystery novels, short fiction, screenplays, radio and television scripts, and 1973 Mystery Writers of America Grand ...
Michael Gilbert

Michael Gilbert  

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(b. 1912), English author, a Grand master of the MWA, recipient of the 1994 Diamond Dagger Award.Gilbert was a fledgling lawyer when he began his first novel, but World ...
M15 and M16

M15 and M16  

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In 1909 the British government established a Secret Service Bureau with two aims: to uncover hostile agents in Britain and to gather intelligence abroad. Almost immediately the Bureau became two ...
serial killer

serial killer  

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A murderer who repeatedly commits the same offence, typically following a characteristic, predictable behaviour pattern. The term was originally a technical one used by the Federal Bureau of ...
vigilante

vigilante  

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A member of a self-appointed group of citizens who undertake law enforcement in their community without legal authority, typically because the legal agencies are thought to be inadequate. The word ...
Philip Hensher

Philip Hensher  

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(1965– ),novelist and journalist, educated at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. His first novel, Other Lulus (1994), was followed by the much‐praised Kitchen Venom (1996), a moody family ...
Candia McWilliam

Candia McWilliam  

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(1955– ),novelist, born in Edinburgh and educated at Girton College, Cambridge. Her first novel, A Case of Knives (1988), is a dark tale of sexual intrigue and manipulation, featuring a homosexual ...
Don DeLillo

Don DeLillo  

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(1936– ),American novelist, born in the Bronx, New York, and educated at Fordham University. Like Pynchon, he employs black comedy and the language of science to deal with themes of paranoia and ...
thriller

thriller  

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A kind of popular novel in which a protagonist endangered by a criminal or otherwise sinister conspiracy is followed through heroic adventures made up of flight, pursuit, capture, and escape. ...
Janette Turner Hospital

Janette Turner Hospital  

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(1942– ),novelist and short‐story writer, born in Melbourne, Australia, and studied at the University of Queensland, and at Queen's University, Canada. The Ivory Swing (1982) won the Canadian Seal ...
Algerian War

Algerian War  

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(1954–62)On 1 November 1954, hostilities broke out between the Christian colonists of French descent and Algerian Muslim nationalists who were organized into the Front de Libération Nationale (FLN) ...
Marrow of Tradition

Marrow of Tradition  

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Published in 1901, at the nadir of American race relations and the zenith of fictional apologies for the Jim Crow South, Charles Waddell Chesnutt's second and most ambitious novel offers a complex ...
William Trevor

William Trevor  

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(1928– ),Anglo‐Irish novelist and short‐story writer. His novels include The Old Boys (1964), Mrs Eckdorf in O'Neill's Hotel (1969), The Children of Dynmouth (1976, Whitbread Novel Award), and Fools ...
Jean Baudrillard

Jean Baudrillard  

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(1929–2007),cultural theorist and philosopher, born in Reims, France. His work was at the forefront of the postmodernist and deconstruction movements, and influenced sociological and communications ...

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