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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
John McAleer is the Edgar Allan Poe Award-winning author of Rex Stout: A Majesty's Life and a best-selling author of fifteen other books including the critically-acclaimed mystery, Coign of Vantage. A Professor of English Literature at Harvard and, later, Boston College for more than half a century, Professor McAleer also worked as an editor of The Armchair Detective, served as a vice president of the Mystery Writers of America and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
Andrew McAleer is the author of three mystery novels and serves as the president of America's oldest continuing literary society, the Boston Authors Club. He teaches Crime Fiction at Boston College, is a member of the Private Eye Writers of America, the editor of the award-winning Crimestalker Casebook and a recipient of the Sherlock Holmes Revere Bowl Award. Mr. McAleer practices law privately in Massachusetts.
Edward D. Hoch is a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, an Edgar Allan Poe Award-winning author and one of the most prolific writers in the crime fiction genre. A tireless contributor to Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Mr. Hoch served as president of the MWA and was the 1991 guest of honor at Bouchercon.
Posted June 18, 2013
This is a very short book filled with "snippets" of "information". Each "snippet" is no more than a paragraph. Basically, if you have never read anything on what makes great literature, the mechanics of great literature...then you may find some of this useful.
But there are so many more worthwhile books on the subject that don't treat the reader like a troglodite who has never read a book.
Personally, being told that I should give my sleuth a dog or cat as a pet, since then all dog lovers will then love my sleuth.... (really? I did not realize that dog lovers were so fickle or easily led)...is NOT even helpful. It's just plain silly.
Unfortunately, this book is filled with nuggets like this, which makes me appalled at the credentials of the authors. Or appalled that this is the best that they can do.
The information is basic, the examples inane and if it isn't common sense, then it's just foolishness. I expected more from authors with such resumes.
I can only hope that I am misunderstanding the purpose of this book. I can imagine a few serious writers, a bottle of wine and a truly hilarious evening with this book. But as something that breaks open the jewel of the mystery...try elsewhere. Even Google will get you further.
Posted May 5, 2012
Posted July 4, 2009
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