A TV or film genre that fictionalises crimes, their detection, criminals and their motives. Also crime film, crime fiction.
This genre tends to be fast paced with an air of mystery – this mystery can come from the plot or from the characters themselves.
Most, though not all, crime novels share a common structure. First there is the crime, usually a murder; then there is the investigation; and finally the outcome or judgment, often in the shape of the criminal's arrest or death.
It has several sub-genres, including detective fiction (such as the whodunnit), legal thriller, courtroom drama and hard-boiled fiction.