The Story Of Classic Crime In 100 Books by Martin EdwardsThe Story Of Classic Crime In 100 Books by Martin Edwards

The Story Of Classic Crime In 100 Books

byMartin Edwards

Paperback | August 1, 2017

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2018 Macavity Award winner for Best Nonfiction
2018 Anthony Award nominee for Best Critical/Nonfiction Book
This book tells the story of crime fiction published during the first half of the twentieth century. The diversity of this much-loved genre is breathtaking, and so much greater than many critics have suggested. To illustrate this, the leading expert on classic crime discusses one hundred books ranging from The Hound of the Baskervilles to Strangers on a Train which highlight the entertaining plots, the literary achievements, and the social significance of vintage crime fiction. This book serves as a companion to the acclaimed British Library Crime Classics series but it tells a very diverse story. It presents the development of crime fiction-from Sherlock Holmes to the end of the golden age-in an accessible, informative and engaging style.
Readers who enjoy classic crimewill make fascinating discoveries and learn about forgotten gems as well as bestselling authors. Even the most widely read connoisseurs will find books (and trivia) with which they are unfamiliar-as well as unexpected choices to debate. Classic crime is a richly varied and deeply pleasurable genre that is enjoying a world-wide renaissance as dozens of neglected novels and stories are resurrected for modern readers to enjoy. The overriding aim of this book is to provide a launch point that enables readers to embark on their own voyages of discovery.
Martin Edwards is an award-winning crime writer whose most recent novel, set in 1930, is Gallows Court. His seventh and most recent Lake District Mystery is The Dungeon House. Earlier books in the series are The Coffin Trail (short-listed for the Theakston's prize for best British crime novel of 2006), The Cipher Garden, The Arsenic La...
Title:The Story Of Classic Crime In 100 BooksFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:368 pages, 8.58 × 5.59 × 0.85 inShipping dimensions:8.58 × 5.59 × 0.85 inPublished:August 1, 2017Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1464207232

ISBN - 13:9781464207235


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not Just Your Typical Books You would think that when you think "Classic Crime", the very obvious books will fall into the category, like books by Agatha Christie or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. But there were books listed in this book that I had never heard of. After reading this book, I made a list out of the 100 of books that I wanted to read and I've gone back and read some of them and I've been wowed! I've been missing a whole world of amazing classic crime novels!
Date published: 2018-08-27

Editorial Reviews

"An 'unashamedly idiosyncratic' checklist from prolific novelist/editor/genre historian Edwards (The Dungeon House, 2015, etc.).As readers will expect from the editor of the British Library Crime Classics series, the lion's share of these 100 brief program notes, which read like a collection of prefaces, concern mystery novels published in England between the world wars. Even the most quarrelsome readers, their blood pressures duly raised, will take comfort in comprehensive indexes that list (though they give no page references for) titles and authors that didn't make the top 100."