For anyone looking to access the wide-ranging field of the academic essay on crime literature, I would suggest the highly representative essay collection The Poetics of Murder, which is also recommended by the British Queen of Crime, P.D. James in her book on crime fiction.
An early edited collection of thirteen essays on crime and culture that includes key chapters on criminal subcultures, media representations of crime, and various criminalized forms of music and style. This book represents the classic early North American formulation of cultural criminology.
An Essay on Crimes and Punishments - Online Library of Liberty