Every month on Past Offences, we profile a particular year in crime fiction. Steve and Sergio picked 1955 for this month’s focus.
This was the year rock and roll began to go mainstream and an interesting cross-over between crime fiction and broader popular culture took place. When the movie version of Blackboard Jungle by Evan Hunter (Ed McBain) premiered in the US, teenagers started dancing in cinemas to the soundtrack featuring ‘Rock Around the Clock’, by Bill Haley & His Comets.
In the real world, the Cold War was in full swing. The Warsaw Pact was signed, and the Vietnam War began a few months after the first US advisors were sent over in a purely advisory capacity. Did all that paranoia and anxiety spill over into the crime fiction that was first published in 1955? You tell me.
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