Murderous Schemes: An Anthology of Classic Detective Stories

Overview

When plotting a murder (figuratively speaking), the mystery writer has at hand any number of M.O.'s including such tried and true conventions as the locked room, the unbreakable alibi, the double bluff, the mistaken identity, and many others. Indeed, one of the challenges (and greatest sources of pleasure) for a mystery writer is to visit a well-known plot construction - to try their hand at "the locked room" or "the caper" - perhaps to honor a writer or story they admire, perhaps to try to top them. Now, in ...
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Overview

When plotting a murder (figuratively speaking), the mystery writer has at hand any number of M.O.'s including such tried and true conventions as the locked room, the unbreakable alibi, the double bluff, the mistaken identity, and many others. Indeed, one of the challenges (and greatest sources of pleasure) for a mystery writer is to visit a well-known plot construction - to try their hand at "the locked room" or "the caper" - perhaps to honor a writer or story they admire, perhaps to try to top them. Now, in Murderous Schemes, renowned mystery writer Donald E. Westlake and J. Madison Davis (current president of the International Association of Crime Writers) offer an illuminating look at eight such mystery conventions, illustrating each with four short stories written by some of the masters of the form. The resulting collection of thirty-two tales spans a hundred and fifty years of crime fiction and includes virtually every style imaginable, from the hard-boiled detective story to the cozy armchair mystery.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195104875
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald E. Westlake received the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for his novel God Save the Mark and in 1993 won their Grandmaster Award for lifetime achievement. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay for The Grifters. J. Madison Davis is Professor of Journalism in the Professional Writing Program at the University of Oklahoma and is current president of the International Association of Crime Writers. He is the author of The Murder of Frau Schutz, which was nominated for the Edgar Award.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Shadow of the Goat 9
What, No Butler? 27
The Leopold Locked Room 40
The Man Who Read John Dickson Carr 59
The Secret Garden 69
The Necklace of Pearls 88
They Can Only Hang You Once 99
Busted Blossoms 113
A Costume Piece 127
The Impossible Theft 143
Don't Know Much About Art 157
The Ultimate Caper 182
The Mysterious Death On the Underground Railway 189
The Blue Geranium 206
The Adventure of Abraham Lincoln's Clue 221
The Affair of the Twisted Scarf 238
The Landlady 287
The Orderly World of Mr. Appleby 297
Bless This House 316
Someday I'll Plant More Walnut Trees 329
"Thou Art the Man" 347
The Adventure of the Dying Detective 362
The Master of Mystery 378
The Fat Man 390
Midnight in Beauchamp Row 403
I'll Be Waiting 416
The Possibility of Evil 432
The Secret Lover 443
A Jury of Her Peers 457
The Hands of Mr. Ottermole 479
Tang 497
Little Apple Hard to Peel 504
Acknowledgments 517
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