When modern masters of mystery fiction flex their talents to write about real-life crime, the result is A Scream in the Dark, a collection of sensational true-crime accounts that read like the toughest hardboiled detective fiction on the street.
In this unique collection Dashiell Hammett (creator of Sam Spade), Erle Stanley Gardner (author of the Perry Mason novels), Brett Halliday (chronicler of serial detective Mike Shayne), and eighteen other renowned writers of mystery and detective fiction present a catalogue of actual crimes that run the gamut from grand larceny to racketeering, manslaughter, premeditated murder, and serial killings:
· Robert Bloch gives a grisly report of the self-styled ghoul whose crimes inspired his landmark novel Psycho in “The Shambles of Ed Gein”
· Jim Thompson tells how two dogged detectives solve a brutal killing in the Texas oil fields in “Case of the Catalogue Clue”
· Erle Stanley Gardner explores the seamy side of Hollywood and the unsolved murder of film director William Desmond Taylor in “The Case of the Movie Murder”
Culled from the pages of True Detective, Master Detective, and other leading tabloids, this unforgettable excursion into the annals of true crime proves that the truth is often more thrilling than fiction.
|Publisher:||Barnes & Noble|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Marc Gerald, a former managing editor of True Detective magazine and screenwriter for America’s Most Wanted, works as a writer, editor, and literary agent in Los Angeles.