This course will explore a range of crime fiction and nonfiction, from literary classics to genre-based texts. Readings will include classic writers of the genre such as Edgar Allan Poe, Agatha Christie, Patricia Highsmith, and Dennis Lehane, and nonfiction works such as "In Cold Blood," David Grann's "Killers of the Flower Moon." and Charles Barber's "Citizen Outlaw." A theme of the class will be the duplicitous and elusive nature of truth and objectivity in both the journalistic and fictional accounts. Students will have the opportunity to write a short piece of crime fiction or narrative nonfiction, in addition to analytical papers.