The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories

The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories

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In 34 stories, this anthology explores the historical development of American detective fiction over a span of 150 years - from Edgar Allan Poe in the 1840s to Marcia Muller in the 1990s. The selections represent variety in chronological period, narrative voice, geography, and milieu; and are chosen for their sheer entertainment value. Classics are included, as well as selections that will surprise even well-read detective fans. Authors include Anna Katharine Green, Erle Stanley Gardner, Raymond Chandler, Rex Stout, Ellery Queen, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Sue Grafton and William more

Product details

  • Hardback | 696 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 58.42mm | 884.5g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195085817
  • 9780195085815

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"Certain to be the standard anthology of American detective stories for years to come."--Edward D. Hoch, editor of The Year's Best Mystery and Suspense Stories"The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories is indispensable to anyone interested in the form."--Robert B. Parker, creator of the Boston private-eye, Spensershow more

About Tony Hillerman

About the Editors: Tony Hillerman, one of America's leading mystery novelists, was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. He is the creator of the Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee characters, and his books include Dance Hall of the Dead, A Thief of Time, and Talking God. Rosemary Herbert writes a mystery book review column for the Boston Herald. She is the author of The Fatal Art of Entertainment: Interviews With Mystery Writers and is editor-in-chief of the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery more

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Though Hillerman's introduction notes his impatience with "the rules" of the detective story's Golden Age, this magisterial selection of 34 stories is remarkably evenhanded, proceeding from Poe to Ross Macdonald and Rex Stout with scarcely a notable omission (except for Dashiell Hammett, for copyright reasons). The emphasis here is on familiar items, though work by less well-known writers like Richard Sale and Robert Leslie Bellem provide welcome variety. The problem comes in the last hundred pages - all the room the editors leave for the past 30 years. The stories by Bill Pronzini, Edward D. Hoch, Linda Barnes, Sue Grafton, Marcia Muller, and editor Hillerman are mostly exemplary; but other recent masters of the short story - like Loren D. Estleman and Ed Gorman and Lawrence Block - must wonder why they weren't included when historical curios by Anna Katherine Green and Arthur B. Reeve were. The anthology as museum, with Hillerman and Herbert as suave a pair of curators as you could wish. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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