Why write crime? It is popular, the best-seller lists are packed with crime fiction. You can explore deeper issues such as exploitation, nature of evil, political corruption etc
The difference between crime fiction and adventure fiction Andre Jute in his book “Writing a Thriller” suggests that crime fiction thrillers always have an element of betrayal, whereas adventure thrillers nearly always feature a threat from an outside force.
Different types of crime fiction The field is wide and whatever your interest there is probably a crime book catering to that world.
Inside this there are different types of thriller
The whodunnit, usually typified in books by Agatha Christie
The whydunnit – Nicholas Freeling, Simenon
The police procedural – Ed McBain
The caper – Janet Evanovich, Carl Hiaasen, Elmore Leonard
Private eyes – Raymond Chandler
Spies – John Le Carre
The political thriller – Richard Condon
The psychological thriller – Ruth Rendell
The chiller – Val McDermind