960 pages, 9.26 × 6.99 × 1.58 in
October 28, 2014
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307743969
ISBN - 13: 9780307743961
Read from the Book
The Murders in the Rue MorgueEdgar Allan Poe“The Murders in the Rue Morgue” is, without question, the single most important story in the history of mystery fiction. In these few pages, Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849) invented most of the significant elements in a literary form that relied on this template for the next one hundred seventy years: the brilliant detective, his somewhat dimmer sidekick, the still dimmer official police, the apparently impossible crime, misleading clues, the observation of disparate bits of information and the inspired deduction that results, and the denouement in which all is made clear.Born in Boston and orphaned at the age of two when both of his parents died of tuberculosis, Poe was taken in by a wealthy merchant, John Allan, and his wife; although never legally adopted, Poe nonetheless took Allan for his name. He received a classical education in Scotland and England from 1815 to 1820. After returning to the United States, he published his first book, Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827). It, and his next two volumes of poetry, were financial disasters. He won a prize for his story “MS. Found in a Bottle” (1833) and began a series of jobs as editor and critic of several periodicals. While he dramatically increased their circulations, his alcoholism, strong views, and arrogance enraged his bosses, costing him one job after another. He married his thirteen-year-old cousin, Virginia, living in abject poverty for many years with her and her mother. Lack o
Table of Contents
THE BLACK LIZARD BOOK OF LOCKED-ROOM MYSTERIESTable of ContentsFamiliar as the rose in spring The most popular and frequently reprinted impossible crime stories of all time Edgar Allan Poe, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" Jacques Futrelle, "The Problem of Cell 13" Wilkie Collins, "A Terribly Strange Bed" Lord Dunsany, "The Two Bottle of Relish" G.K. Chesterton, "The Invisible Man" Melville Davisson Post, "The Doomdorf Mystery" Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Speckled Band" This was the most unkindest cut of all Stabbing in a completely sealed environment appears to be the most common murder method John Dickson Carr, "The Wrong Problem" William Hope Hodgson, "The Thing Invisible" James Yaffe, "Department of Impossible Crimes" R. Austin Freeman, "The Aluminum Dagger" Gerald Kersh, "The Crewel Needle" Stephen King, "The Doctor’s Case" Manly Wade Wellman, "A Knife Between Brothers" Joseph Commings, "The Glass Gravestone" Edgar Jepson & Robert Eustace, "The Tea Leaf" Peter Godfrey, "The Flung-Back Lid" John Lutz, "The Crooked Picture" Carter Dickson, "Blind Man’s Hood" Footprints in the sands of time Is there a more baffling scenario than to find a body in smooth sand (or snow) with no footprints leading to or from the victim?Edward D. Hoch, "The Man from Nowhere" Fredric Brown, "The Laughing Butcher" Michael Innes, "The Sands of Thyme" Samuel Hopkins Adams, "The Flying Death" A.E. Martin, "The Flying Corpse" Vincent Cornier, "The Flying Hat" And we missed it, lost forever It is a fantas
From the Publisher
The Most Complete Collection of Impossible Crime Stories Ever Assembled, with puzzling mysteries by Stephen King, Dashiell Hammett, Lawrence Block, Agatha Christie, Georges Simenon, Dorothy L. Sayers, P. G. Wodehouse, Erle Stanley Gardner, and many, many more
THE BLACK LIZARD BIG BOOK OF LOCKED-ROOM MYSTERIES: An empty desert, a lonely ski slope, a gentleman’s study, an elevator car—nowhere is a crime completely impossible.
Edgar Award–winning editor Otto Penzler has collected sixty-eight of the all-time best impossible-crime stories from almost two hundred years of the genre. In addition to the many classic examples of the form—a case of murder in a locked room or otherwise inaccessible place, solved by a brilliant sleuth—this collection expands the definition of the locked room to include tales of unbelievable thefts and incredible disappearances. Among these pages you’ll find stories with evocative titles like “The Flying Death”, “The Man From Nowhere”, “A Terribly Strange Bed”, and “The Theft of the Bermuda Penny”, not to mention appearances by some of the cleverest characters in all of crime, including Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, Georges Simenon’s Jules Maigret, Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, Dashiell Hammett’s Continental Op, and many more.
• Unconventional means of murder
• Pilfered jewels
• Shocking solutions
• Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, the first detective story and the first locked-room mystery
• Masters of the short story form: Edward D. Hoch, Ellery Queen, Carter Dickson, and Stanley Ellin
A VINTAGE CRIME/BLACK LIZARD ORIGINAL
About the Author
Otto Penzler is a two-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award and the editor of numerous anthologies, among them eight other Vintage Crime/Black Lizard anthologies, most recently The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries. He is the owner of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City.
“The best gift ever for the fan of mysteries impossible to solve. . . . Penzler, an acclaimed mystery writer, has a gift for bringing back talented writers from historical obscurity.”
—The Seattle Times
"This collection delivers more than 900 pages of wonderful reading. . . . Every fan of old-time detection will want this book."
--The Washington Post
“Unparalleled. . . . This is the ideal bedside book for mystery fans: packed with short, challenging tales of murder and deduction, easily consumed before the eyes flicker. . . . Many of the stories are classics (and worth reading again), but there are a number of writers here whose stories aren't well known, so there's much to discover.”
"A wide-ranging collection of the impossible. . . . This intelligently assembled anthology of 68 short stories will be catnip for fair play fans. . . . The real treat is in the revelations of the gifts at misdirection from undeservedly obscure authors such as Julian Hawthorne (Nathaniel’s son), J.E. Gurdon, Augustus Muir, and Vincent Cornier, whose ingenious work is less likely to be encountered in other anthologies."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Connoisseurs of this eccentric, demanding form will find this an indispensable resource, a pearl beyond price."