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WHODUNIT? YOUDUNIT! So you want to write a mystery. There's more to it than just a detective, a dead body, and Colonel Mustard in the drawing room with the candlestick. Fortunately, Larry Beinhart--Edgar Award-winning author of You Get What You Pay For, Foreign…

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Although readers of detective fiction ordinarily expect to learn the mystery's solution at the end, there is another kind of detective story -- whose history encompasses writers as diverse as Poe, Borges, Robbe-Grillet, Auster, and Stephen King-that ends with a…

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The purpose of this book is to study Ross Macdonald's detective fiction as an example of popular culture. The author applies cross-methodological approaches to Macdonald's novels specifically, H. Richard Niebuhr's ethics to The Underground Man, Freudian…

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Until now, Michael Crichton's many readers have had nowhere to turn for more information on one of America's most popular novelists. This companion features clear analyses of Crichton's life and literary influences, as well as chapters on each of his 13 novels…

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Like Arthur Conan Doyle before him, best-selling novelist Robin Cook has turned from the practice of medicine to that of writing popular suspense fiction. Widely recognized as the "Master of the Medical Thriller," Cook uses the medium of the popular novel to…

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Although rarely distinguished from the detective story, the crime novel offers readers a quite different experience. In the detective novel, a sympathetic detective figure uses reason and intuition to solve the puzzle, restore order, and reassure readers that…

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For the fourth volume of this series, Robert Sampson has selected more than fifty magazine series characters to illustrate the development of the character of the detective. Included here are both the amateur and professional detective, female investigators,…

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Edgar Award-winning writer Tony Hillerman has earned a reputation as a Grand Master of the popular mystery. This is the first full-length examination of his work. One of the most successful contemporary American writers, Hillerman has made his stories of Native…

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In Le Carré's Landscape Tod Hoffman, a former intelligence officer, offers a unique perspective on le Carré's work. He juxtaposes his own experiences and extensive research with le Carré's fiction, shedding light on those dank recesses where…

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Ilan Stavans is the author of "The Hispanic Condition", "The Riddle of Cantinflas", &"The One-Handed Pianist & Other Stories" as well as the editor of "The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories"& a dictionary of Spanglish, among other volumes. He has been a National Book…