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Books to Die for: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels

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The worldand#8217;s greatest mystery writers on the worldand#8217;s greatest mystery novels: andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Michael Connelly on andlt;Iandgt;The Little Sister andlt;/Iandgt;. . . andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Kathy Reichs on andlt;Iandgt;The Silence of the Lambs . . .andlt;/Iandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Mark Billingham on andlt;Iandgt;The Maltese Falcon . . .andlt;/Iandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Ian Rankin on andlt;Iandgt;I Was Dora Suarez . . .andlt;/Iandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;With so many mystery novels to choose among, and so many new titles appearing each year, where should a reader start? What are the classics of the genre? Which are the hidden gems? andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In the most ambitious anthology of its kind yet attempted, the worldand#8217;s leading mystery writers have come together to champion the greatest mystery novels ever written. In a series of personal essays that often reveal as much about the authors and their own work as they do about the books that they love, 119 authors from 20 countries have created a guide that will be indispensable for generations of readers and writers. From Agatha Christie to Lee Child, from Edgar Allan Poe to P. D. James, from Sherlock Holmes to Hannibal Lecter and Philip Marlowe to Lord Peter Wimsey, andlt;Iandgt;Books to Die For andlt;/Iandgt;brings together the cream of the mystery world for a feast of reading pleasure, a treasure trove for those new to the genre and for those who believe that there is nothing new left to discover. This is the one essential book for every reader who has ever finished a mystery novel and thought . . . andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;I want more! andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;*** andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;Why does the mystery novel enjoy such enduring appeal? There is no simple answer. It has a distinctive capacity for subtle social commentary, a concern with the disparity between law and justice, and a passion for order, however compromised. Even in the vision of the darkest of mystery writers, it provides us with a glimpse of the world as it might be, a world in which good men and women do not stand idly by and allow the worst aspects of human nature to triumph without opposition. It can touch upon all these facets while still entertaining the reader.and#8221; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8212;From the introduction of andlt;Iandgt;Books to Die Forandlt;/Iandgt;

Review:

"Ignore the subtitle's hype. It's not important whether readers agree that the more than 120 contributors all deserve the label 'greatest.' All of them, ranging from the extremely well known (Lee Child, Rita Mae Brown, Elmore Leonard, Joseph Wambaugh) to the more obscure (South African crime expert Mike Nicol), weigh in with short essays that succinctly lay out the crime fiction that impacted them the most. Almost all the entries are original, and convincingly advocate for authors who also span the spectrum in terms of name awareness. The volume works both as a source of analysis as to why Agatha Christie is underrated and as to why writers even many cognoscenti won't be familiar with (such as Jean-Patrick Manchette and Kenneth Orvis) are worth a read. The editors' thoughtful introduction preempts any complaints about authors or books that the volume doesn't cover, and intriguingly notes that Josephine Tey was 'the writer who had the greatest number of advocates.' (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

John Connolly is the author of Every Dead Thing, Dark Hollow, The Killing Kind, The White Road, Bad Men, Nocturnes, and The Black Angel. He is a regular contributor to The Irish Times and lives in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, see his website at JohnConnolly.co.uk. Declan Burke has published four novels: Eightball Boogie (2003), The Big O (2007), Absolute Zero Cool (2011), and Slaughter’s Hound (2012). Absolute Zero Cool received the Goldsboro/Crimefest "Last Laugh" Award for Best Humorous Crime Novel in 2012. He also is the editor of Down These Green Streets: Irish Crime Writing in the 21st Century (2011). He hosts a website dedicated to Irish crime fiction called Crime Always Pays.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451696578
Subtitle:
The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels
Author:
Connolly, John
Author:
Burke, Declan
Author:
Connolly, John, Edd
Publisher:
Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20121002
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1-C ends
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Ignore the subtitle's hype. It's not important whether readers agree that the more than 120 contributors all deserve the label 'greatest.' All of them, ranging from the extremely well known (Lee Child, Rita Mae Brown, Elmore Leonard, Joseph Wambaugh) to the more obscure (South African crime expert Mike Nicol), weigh in with short essays that succinctly lay out the crime fiction that impacted them the most. Almost all the entries are original, and convincingly advocate for authors who also span the spectrum in terms of name awareness. The volume works both as a source of analysis as to why Agatha Christie is underrated and as to why writers even many cognoscenti won't be familiar with (such as Jean-Patrick Manchette and Kenneth Orvis) are worth a read. The editors' thoughtful introduction preempts any complaints about authors or books that the volume doesn't cover, and intriguingly notes that Josephine Tey was 'the writer who had the greatest number of advocates.' (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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