Labyrinths of uncertainty

True Detective and the metaphysics of investigation

Paul Sheehan, Lauren Alice

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This article outlines some of the salient features and ad hoc history of metaphysical detective fiction (MPDF). Using season 1 of True Detective (2014-) as a case study, it explores how the series takes advantage of new programming freedoms to dramatize MPDF for a "broadcast literature" audience.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-39
Number of pages12
JournalClues: a journal of detection
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • broadcast literature
  • metaphysical detective fiction
  • MPDF
  • True Detective

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