Crime Writers: A Research Guide

Crime Writers: A Research Guide

by Elizabeth Haynes
     
 

This invaluable resource provides information about and sources for researching 50 of the top crime genre writers, including websites and other online resources.

• A timeline of major authors and events in the development of the crime fiction genre

• Read-alike sections listing other authors whose works are similar in style or theme to those of ten

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Overview

This invaluable resource provides information about and sources for researching 50 of the top crime genre writers, including websites and other online resources.

• A timeline of major authors and events in the development of the crime fiction genre

• Read-alike sections listing other authors whose works are similar in style or theme to those of ten major authors included in the book

• Lists of major organizations and awards in the field of crime literature

• A bibliography of online and print sources for biographical and critical information about crime genre authors

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Because of its bibliographic depth, this guide is not yet outdone by free online sources and is a useful . . . addition to public libraries with substantial crime fiction collections." - Library Journal
Library Journal
Intended for book clubs, researchers, and librarians, this guide offers an introduction to crime writing's major players. Haynes (coauthor, Unlocking the Mysteries of Cataloging) opens with an enlightening survey of crime genres and subgenres, including mysteries, thrillers, and works of suspense. She follows this with alphabetized writer profiles, along with bibliographic listings of their works. Each entry contains representative quotations from each writer's work, allowing for a vivid glimpse of trademark styles. Unfortunately, while covering 50 of what the product description touts to be the "best and most popular" writers, the book omits Edgar Award winner Lisa Scottoline. Moreover, although a significant segment is rightfully devoted to genre maven Agatha Christie, the book devotes merely a single "you might also like" paragraph to detective novel godfather Dashiell Hammett. These apparent oversights suggest the existence of other significant exclusions. Of particular value, however, is the primary- and secondary-source material that follows each writer profile. These point researchers to critical evaluations, additional research guides, and relevant new-media sources, e.g., blogs and author-related social networks. VERDICT Because of its bibliographic depth, this guide is not yet outdone by free online sources and is a useful, if incomplete, addition to public libraries with substantial crime fiction collections.—Savannah Schroll Guz, formerly with Smithsonian Libs., Washington, DC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591589143
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/19/2011
Series:
Author Research Series
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Haynes, PhD, is associate professor of library and information science at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS.

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