Story of Nan Xiang entitled “Sandalwood Incense Holder”
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Among all the stories I've read, this one is the most intense. This story made me contemplate whether or not there was a crime. The author's word choice added tension to the plot. The structure and planning of the story, as well as the manner in which the story unfolds, are more unique than ever. However, the most prevalent point of view in the books I've read recently is third person, as is the case with this narrative.
Then, unlike the other stories I've read, this one simply mentions a few individuals and events. I'm not sure why, but the conflict gave me the chills. Perhaps it was the vocabulary usage? To be honest, it's perplexing, and I'm not sure whether the conflict this story posed to the protagonist was an assumption or a reality – it's quite tense, to put it mildly – and the resolution, well, I'm not sure if the protagonist's assumption was resolved – it gave me the experience of a hanging ending. I'm looking for the new series.
Pauline Rowson on why the crime genre is so popular noted that “Crime fiction though can give us a resolution. It can also give us an insight into what makes people tick. One of the reasons I believe crime fiction is popular is because people are fascinated by human behaviour.
Sometimes we are warmed by the actions of others and at other times horrified and apalled by it … Crime fiction covers so many facets of human nature. The same goes for true crime. It’s a kind of voyeurism, the ghoul factor that causes people to stand and gawp at an accident or incident.”
When comparing crime fiction to other genres, there is a unique twist in that the protagonist of a crime novel frequently does not show signs of transformation.
The protagonist in almost every story gain knowledge and experiences growth on a personal level, emerging as a different person at the conclusion of the narrative. That cannot be stated of the vast majority of detectives in crime fiction, though.
All in all, The Free Dictionary defined Crime Story as “a story built around criminal activity where the identity of the criminal is known or unimportant.” Additionally, Crime fiction, detective story, murder mystery, mystery novel, and police novel are terms used to describe narratives that centre on criminal acts and especially on the investigation, either by an amateur or a professional detective, of a serious crime, generally a murder.
 It is usually distinguished from mainstream fiction and other genres such as historical fiction or science fiction, but the boundaries are indistinct. Crime fiction has multiple subgenres,
 including detective fiction (such as the whodunit), courtroom drama, hard-boiled fiction, and legal thrillers. Most crime drama focuses on crime investigation and does not feature the courtroom. Suspense and mystery are key elements that are nearly ubiquitous to the genre.