A New Omnibus of Crime

Overview

In 1929, Dorothy L. Sayers published her landmark anthology, The Omnibus of Crime. More recently, Tony Hillerman and Rosemary Herbert decided it was time to produce a definitive new anthology representing the best of the genre since then-the critically acclaimed A New Omnibus of Crime. This extraordinary collection emphasizes the most exciting styles and voices in each genre, rather than taking a typical decade-by-decade approach. As a result, A New Omnibus of Crime boasts a broad range of engaging, page-turning,...

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Overview

In 1929, Dorothy L. Sayers published her landmark anthology, The Omnibus of Crime. More recently, Tony Hillerman and Rosemary Herbert decided it was time to produce a definitive new anthology representing the best of the genre since then-the critically acclaimed A New Omnibus of Crime. This extraordinary collection emphasizes the most exciting styles and voices in each genre, rather than taking a typical decade-by-decade approach. As a result, A New Omnibus of Crime boasts a broad range of engaging, page-turning, and spine-tingling selections from the past eight decades. Stories in this collection include Patricia Highsmith's "Woodrow Wilson's Necktie," Sue Grafton's "A Poison That Leaves No Trace," Alexander McCall Smith's "He Loved to Go for Drives with His Father," and many more. A New Omnibus of Crime is a marvelous achievement that brings together some of the greatest crime and mystery short fiction ever collected.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A New Omnibus of Crime, edited by Tony Hillerman and Rosemary Herbert, is a worthy successor to Dorothy L. Sayers's classic Omnibus of Crime (1929). Primarily a reprint anthology, it includes three original tales by Catherine Aird, Jeffrey Deaver and Alexander McCall Smith. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"The best and most satisfying mystery bargain to come along in years. It will give readers countless hours of pleasure and surprise in one volume." —Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Not a clunker in the bunch...Dorothy Sayers edited a classic 1920 collection of short stories called 'The Omnibus of Crime.' There have been numerous collections since then, but until now, none has had the depth, intelligence and chutzpah to call itself 'A New Omnibus of Crime.'" —Bloomberg News

"A worthy successor to Dorothy L. Sayers's classic Omnibus of Crime (1929)." —Publishers Weekly

"Picking up where Dorothy L. Sayers's 1920 classic, The Omnibus of Crime, left off, this collection gathers works of short mystery fiction from the end of World War I to today, including pieces by Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, Dashiell Hammett, Elmore Leonard, Ruth Rendell and P.D. James." —Good Housekeeping

"A New Omnibus of Crime is essential for anyone with more than a passing interest in detective fiction. Brilliantly assembled, and beautifully edited by people who know what they're doing." —Robert B. Parker, author of Double Play and Cold Service

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195182149
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Hillerman

Tony Hillerman was a widely celebrated writer of mystery novels and former president of the Mystery Writers of America.
Rosemary Herbert has reviewed crime writing widely and she is the editor of numerous crime fiction anthologies as well as The Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing.

Biography

Tony Hillerman (1925-2008), an Albuquerque, New Mexico, resident since 1963, was the author of 29 books, including the popular 17-mystery series featuring Navajo police officers Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, two non-series novels, two children's books, and nonfiction works. He had received every major honor for mystery fiction; awards ranging from the Navajo Tribal Council's commendation to France's esteemed Grand prix de litterature policiere. Western Writers of America honored him with the Wister Award for Lifetime achievement in 2008. He served as president of the prestigious Mystery Writers of America, and was honored with that group's Edgar Award and as one of mystery fiction's Grand Masters. In 2001, his memoir, Seldom Disappointed, won both the Anthony and Agatha Awards for best nonfiction.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins.

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    1. Hometown:
      Albuquerque, New Mexico
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 27, 1925
    2. Place of Birth:
      Sacred Heart, Oklahoma
    1. Date of Death:
      October 26, 2008
    2. Place of Death:
      Albuquerque, New Mexico

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

The Man Who Knew How Dorothy L. Sayers 7

The Girl with the Silver Eyes Dashiell Hammett 18

The Wench Is Dead Frederic Brown 54

Gone Girl Ross Macdonald 75

The Couple Next Door Margaret Millar 101

By the Scruff of the Soul Dorothy Salisbury Davis 115

Flowers That Bloom in the Spring Julian Symons 129

Woodrow Wilson's Necktie Patricia Highsmith 144

Loopy Ruth Rendell 156

Great Aunt Allie's Fly Papers P. D. James 166

First Lead Gasser Tony Hillerman 183

Chee's Witch Tony Hillerman 193

Breathe Deep Donald E. Westlake 202

Rumpole and the Bubble Reputation John Mortimer 207

A Poison That Leaves No Trace Sue Grafton 232

Photo Finish Sara Paretsky 244

The Crime of Miss Oyster Brown Peter Lovesey 262

Red Clay Michael Malone 275

Barking at Butterflies Ed McBain 290

Running Out of Dog Dennis Lehane 296

Hostages James Crumley 322

When the Women Come Out to Dance Elmore Leonard 328

The Hanged Man Ian Rankin 339

The Holly and the Poison Ivy Catherine Aird 347

Copycat Jeffery Deaver 357

He Loved to Go for Drives with His Father Alexander McCall Smith 380

Credits 391

Index 392

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