"Cops on the Box" have been among the most popular series on television for many years. From the days of Edgar Lustgarten's Scotland Yard by way of Softly, Softly; Maigret; The Professionals and more recently, New Columbo, these stories of crime busters battling to bring criminals to justice have proved to be enormously popular with audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.
This collection brings together for the first time a number of the short stories on which these series were based, most by writers whose names are now automatically linked with the genre, including such legendary authors from the past as George Harmon Coxe and Elwyn Jones to current leading contributors like Dick Francis and Ruth Rendell.
This is a book for all fans of detective fiction as well as enthusiasts of TV crime series.
About the Author
Antonia Fraser is editor of the best-selling updated edition of "The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England" (California, 1999), as well as several other best-selling histories including "The Gunpowder Plot." Text by John Gillingham and Peter Earle.
Ruth Rendell is the recipient of several awards, including three Edgars and four Gold Daggers from the UKa (TM)s Crime Writersa (TM) Association. Simisola, Blood Lines, Keys to the Street, and The Brimstone Wedding (written as Barbara Vine) are available from Brilliance Audio. She lives in England.
Erle Stanley Gardner is the king of American mystery fiction. A criminal lawyer, he filled his mystery masterpieces with intricate, fascinating, ever-twisting plots. Challenging, clever, and full of surprises, these are whodunits that have delighted mystery aficionados for more than sixty years.
Dick Francis is the author of many bestselling mysteries, most recently Shattered. A three-time Edgar Award winner, the Mystery Writers of America named him Grand Master in 1996. He lives in the Caribbean.
Date of Birth:February 17, 1930
Place of Birth:London, England
Education:Loughton County High School for Girls, Essex