Friday's Forgotten Books - - In Reference to Murder

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August 12, 2011


Todd Mason

I'm compiling the links for Patti this week. Well, Sayers and Hammett, after all, had other strings to pluck than what Knox or even Barzun had to offer, and "Rex Stout" and most of the other innovators to follow also had their own passions...

George Kelley

This was a solid collection. I remember picking remaindered copies cheap and sending them to friends.

BV Lawson

I just saw this morning that you were handling the FFB duties this week, Todd. I'm sure Patti appreciates the help! And yes, I think it's a *very* good thing that most crime fiction writers stepped past the Knox and Barzun philosophies. American authors were certainly in the forefront on this.

BV Lawson

That's a wonderful idea for a present, George! A solid introduction to American detective fiction with some of the best-known authors and also some lesser-known gems.

J F Norris

Looks like an excellent way to introduce novice readers to a wide spectrum of writing from the genre. Arthur B Reeve and Robert Leslie Bellem in the same volume! Even the Ellery Queen anthologies never got as varied as that.

Robert Carraher

This looks like 'must have' reference, goes on the shelf next to the recent release of "Thrillers: 100 Must Reads..."

Todd Mason

Well, John, "EQ" never seemed willing to stress historical importance over qualities of engagement...unlike most of the serious editors since.

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