Lee Horsley has written two books on literature and politics – Political Fiction and the Historical Imagination (1990) and Fictions of Power in English Literature 1900-1950 (1995). More recently, she has written or edited numerous articles and books on crime fiction. The Noir Thriller (2001, reissued in paperback in 2009) ranges from pulp thrillers of the 1920s to neo-noir films and cyberpunk. Twentieth-Century Crime Fiction (published by OUP in 2005, supported by an AHRB Research Leave Award in the academic year 2003-04) is a study of the main sub-genres of crime fiction from the days of Sherlock Holmes to the present. Lee is also co-editor, with Charles Rzepka, of The Blackwell Companion to Crime Fiction (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). She is now retired, but until 2011 she was a Reader in Literature and Culture at Lancaster University, where she taught from 1974 on. She taught two specialist crime courses and co-supervised numerous Creative Writing PhD students. She also worked a lot on web development and eLearning, and is still Director of Web Development in the Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research.