This 2-vol. set on mystery, detective, and espionage fiction cover in 84 articles some of the most influential and popular writers of the genre. Each original, signed article is the ideal bio-critical introduction to its subject. Furnishing both a look at the author's background and a genuine critical analysis of the major novels and stories, the articles range from 7 to 20 pages. These engaging essays provide substantial treatments of major mystery authors and of such subgenres as the police procedural, the spy novel, and the whodunit.
"Winks and Corrigan's compilation is one of the best entries in the Scribner Writers Series... An outstanding feature is the treatment of notable niches in the genre, including crime noir, gay and lesbian mystery fiction, and the historical mystery. Both writers and topics are treated in impressive depth...An appendix lists all the authors, their pseudonyms, and the names of principal recurring characters. Contributors will be readily recognizes by teachers and students of the genre...The best work of its kind, of considerable value to students and educators at all levels. Highly recommended for all academic and public libraries."
-- CHOICE (July/August 1999)
Price: US $396.00