100 Most Popular Contemporary Mystery Authors: Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies

100 Most Popular Contemporary Mystery Authors: Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies

by Bernard A. Drew


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Provide your mystery fans with background information on their favorite writers and series characters, and use this as a guide for adding contemporary titles to your collections.

This book examines 100 of today's top mystery novels and mystery authors hailing from countries such as the United States, Great Britain, France, Italy, South Africa, and Australia. Equally valuable to students writing research papers, readers craving new authors or more information about their favorite authors, and teachers seeking specific types of fiction to support curricula, 100 Most Popular Contemporary Mystery Authors: Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies provides revealing information about today's best mysteries and authors—without any "spoilers."

Each of the accomplished writers included in this guide has established a broad audience and is recognized for work that is imaginative and innovative. The rising stars of 21st century mystery will also be included, as will authors who have won the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award.

  • Provides interesting and informative profiles of 100 popular, contemporary mystery and crime writers as well as overviews of their series characters
  • Contains over 60 author photographs
  • A bibliography lists information on each author's works as well as supporting source materials for the profiles

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781598844450
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/18/2011
Series: Popular Authors Series
Pages: 439
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Bernard A. Drew is a journalist, local historian, and freelance writer/editor. His published works include Libraries Unlimited's 100 Most Popular Genre Authors.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Susan Wittig Albert 1

Donna Andrews 5

Nancy Atherton 8

Donald Bain 11

Linda Barnes 15

M. C. Beaton 19

Cara Black 23

Lawrence Block 26

Giles Blunt 36

Gail Bowen 39

Rhys Bowen 42

C. J. Box 46

Rita Mae Brown 49

Ken Bruen 53

James Lee Burke 57

Jan Burke 61

Jim Butcher 64

Laura Childs 68

Ann Cleeves 71

Max Allan Collins 75

Susan Conant 83

John Connolly 86

Thomas H. Cook 89

Patricia Cornwell 93

Peter Corris 96

Bill Crider 100

Deborah Crombie 107

Mary Daheim 110

Barbara D'Amato 114

Diane Mott Davidson 118

Paul C. Doherty 121

Tim Dorsey 127

James D. Doss 130

Carole Nelson Douglas 133

Aaron Elkins 139

James Ellroy 143

Earl W. Emerson 147

Loren D. Estleman 150

Janet Evanovich 157

Joanne Fluke 161

G. M. Ford 164

Earlene Fowler 167

Margaret Frazer 170

Frances Fyfield 175

Elizabeth George 178

Robert Goddard 181

Ed Gorman 184

Sue Grafton 192

Sarah Graves 197

Kerry Greenwood 200

Robert O. Greer 204

Martha Grimes 207

Jane Haddam 210

James W. Hall 214

Parnell Hall 217

Steve Hamilton 221

Charlaine Harris 224

Carolyn Hart 228

John Harvey 232

Joan Hess 240

Reginald Hill 244

Declan Hughes 249

J. A. Jance 252

Michael Jecks 257

H.R.F. Keating 261

Laurie R. King 266

William Kent Krueger 269

Joe R. Lansdale 272

Donna Leon 277

Jeff Lindsay 281

Peter Lovesey 284

Margaret Maron 290

Steve Martini 294

Archer Mayor 297

Alexander McCall Smith 300

Val McDermid 304

Penny Mickelbury 308

Marcia Muller 311

Carol O'Connell 316

Katherine Hall Page 319

George Pelecanos 322

Louise Penny 325

Anne Perry 328

Nancy Pickard 334

Bill Pronzini 338

Jan Rankin 346

Peter Robinson 351

David Rosenfelt 355

C. J. Sansom 358

Martin Cruz Smith 361

Julia Spencer-Fleming 365

Dana Stabenow 368

James Swain 372

Andrew Taylor 375

Aimée and David Thurlo 379

Peter Tremayne 383

Elaine Viets 388

Joseph Wambaugh 392

Jacqueline Winspear 395

Mark Richard Zubro 398

Mystery & Detection 401

Index 409

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