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Empty Rhetoric: Argument by Credibility in Patrick McGinley's Bogmail

Empty Rhetoric: Argument by Credibility in Patrick McGinley's Bogmail M arch 2002 79 EMPTY RH ETO RIC: ARGUM ENT BY CREDIBILITY IN PATRICK MCGINLEY’S BOGMAIL P a tr ic k M c G in le y ’s Bogm ail h a s b e e n c a t e g o r iz e d as a “th rille r,”1 as “mystery fic tio n ,”2 as a “decid ed ly e c c e n tric ” m u r­ d e r story,3 a n d as a novel th a t employs “strategies o f anti-detective g en eric in v ersio n .”4 T h e novel does focus p rim arily o n a m u r­ d e r c o m m itte d by a p u b -o w n er n a m e d R oarty a n d R oarty’s sub­ s e q u e n t efforts to d e te c t th e blackm ailer, o r “B ogm ailer,” w ho ex to rts m o n e y fro m h im by p ro v id in g th e p o lice w ith evidence o f http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png English Language Notes Duke University Press

Empty Rhetoric: Argument by Credibility in Patrick McGinley's Bogmail

English Language Notes , Volume 39 (3) – Mar 1, 2002

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Copyright
Copyright © 2002 Regents of the University of Colorado
ISSN
0013-8282
eISSN
2573-3575
DOI
10.1215/00138282-39.3.79
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Abstract

M arch 2002 79 EMPTY RH ETO RIC: ARGUM ENT BY CREDIBILITY IN PATRICK MCGINLEY’S BOGMAIL P a tr ic k M c G in le y ’s Bogm ail h a s b e e n c a t e g o r iz e d as a “th rille r,”1 as “mystery fic tio n ,”2 as a “decid ed ly e c c e n tric ” m u r­ d e r story,3 a n d as a novel th a t employs “strategies o f anti-detective g en eric in v ersio n .”4 T h e novel does focus p rim arily o n a m u r­ d e r c o m m itte d by a p u b -o w n er n a m e d R oarty a n d R oarty’s sub­ s e q u e n t efforts to d e te c t th e blackm ailer, o r “B ogm ailer,” w ho ex to rts m o n e y fro m h im by p ro v id in g th e p o lice w ith evidence o f

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English Language NotesDuke University Press

Published: Mar 1, 2002

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