THE FUNCTION OF THE INTERNET IN RECENT CRIME NOVELS BY CARLO LUCARELLI Nina SyrovyThis thesis examines the little explored effects of the internet on crime literature. Basis for the research is an extensive discussion of internet functions, which are divided into two primary (communication and information) and three secondary functions. In addition to a space-and-time function, which emphasizes the bridging and dissolving of distance relating to communication and information, a social function will also be analyzed. This serves to illustrate certain consequences relating to social behaviour and the presentation of identity. Furthermore, a stylistic function of the internet will be examined, i.e. the influences of the internet on stylistic devices. The analysis focusses on the study of these functions in the crime novels Almost blue (1997) and Un giorno dopo l?altro (2000) by Carlo Lucarelli. It is concerned with both structural aspects and the reflection of the various functions in the crime novels, aiming at a description of the functions on the basis of specific examples from the texts. This means above all the consideration of structural modifications with regard to the police investigations, but also other aspects like the novels? use of specific internet content and even the incorporation of reality. Finally, the readerly perception of the functions will be explored, leading to a comparison of the two novels. The thesis wants to show that not only has the internet significantly changed human life, but that its influence can be clearly traced in the Italian crime literature by Carlo Lucarelli.