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Crime and Mystery: The 100 Best Books

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H.R.F Keating, author of The Perfect Murder and mystery reviewer for teh Times of London, offers a concise commentary on the finest mystery books ever written. From Poe's tales of mystery and imagination to P.D. James's A Taste for Death, Keating delivers a highly-readable evaluation of the 100 authors and their masterpieces. This collection is a must for all devoted mystery readers. "Something to offer almost everyone. If you are only just embarking on a life of crime fiction...a reliable guide." -The New York ...
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Overview

H.R.F Keating, author of The Perfect Murder and mystery reviewer for teh Times of London, offers a concise commentary on the finest mystery books ever written. From Poe's tales of mystery and imagination to P.D. James's A Taste for Death, Keating delivers a highly-readable evaluation of the 100 authors and their masterpieces. This collection is a must for all devoted mystery readers. "Something to offer almost everyone. If you are only just embarking on a life of crime fiction...a reliable guide." -The New York Times "Remarkably balanced and highly entertaining." -Library Journal "Keating, himself a mystery writer of note, has compiled a truly standout survey...This is a gold mine of lively writing, sensible insights and easy-going erudition." -The Philadelphia Inquirer "Ideal browsing fare." -Booklist

This authoritative and hugely entertaining survey by distinguished author and critic was greeted with much critical acclaim when published.

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The best book ever published on the subject of mystery novels is at last available again, this time in a handsome trade paperback. Crime and Mystery: The 100 Best Books by the gifted British crime novelist H.R.F. Keating is packed with lively and helpful information and opinions that will give you a wide knowledge of where the field has been and where it's going. The writing is stylish, sage, and unforgettable. In at least a few instances, Keating's reviews are more fun to read than the books he's reviewing. Absolutely indispensable mystery.

—Ed Gorman

Library Journal
This is a remarkably balanced and highly entertaining collection of essays reflecting one writer's ideas about what constitutes the best in crime and mystery fiction. The two-page essays extend from Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination through P.D. James's A Taste for Death , forming a sort of history of the genre. Each essay contains a synopsis of the plot or theme, a critical assessment, and a list of first and recent editions. Keating, a prolific mystery writer, seems an ideal choice to compile such a work, and his wit and intelligence make these essays as much fun as they are informative.Lonnie Beene, West Texas State Univ. Lib., Canyon
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786703661
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/29/1996
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,311,068
  • Product dimensions: 0.51 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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