Mystery Comparison Essay

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Mystery Comparison In the mystery stories The Murder at the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe and Kiss the Girls by James Patterson, there are differences in the storyline and style of presentation. Dealing with the plots and the way in which that the crimes are committed, are very contrasted in each book. When looking at the subject matter, the stories also differ in the manner that they are laid out, dealing with flashbacks and the order of events.      In Edgar Allen Poe's short story, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", a classic detective story is played out in a busy Paris suburb. The story begins as the narrator meets Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin, a poor but well-educated young man. As they…show more content…
Kiss the Girls started with a Dr. Alex Cross, a detective in Washington, and his niece Naomi who is kidnapped. After this, Dr. Cross decides to take the case, although in it is in Durham, North Carolina, which is 150 miles away. Once he arrives there, he discovers Casanova, a man who is kidnapping women and collecting them. The rest of his time here is focused on the escape of one woman named Kate McTearan and how she can help to solve the case and save Dr. Cross’ niece. The book also focuses very much on medical evidence and the medical aspect of how Casanova captures the girls without a trace. Dr. Cross determines, “…that Systole, in medical terms, is Benzene’s cousin and it shows no symptoms.” (Patterson, pg. 220), and that is how Casanova captures the girls. After an extensive search of a local forest, they find William Rudolph (Casanova) and his hidden house. Rudolph flees, and runs to Kate’s apartment, where he threatens to kill her. Detective Cross enters the kitchen where they are and fires a single shot at Rudolph, killing him instantly. The unpredictable story line and imaginative writing style is what makes this book so suspenseful. Although these two pieces of literature are mysteries, the subjects are very different. In The Murders at the Rue Morgue, Poe goes into great detail showing us how these murders were committed. Poe shows us, with an investigation of the house and thoughtful police work, every detail about how the
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