Print ISBN: 978-1-63700-031-1
# of Pages: 600
# of Volumes: 2
Print List Price: $225
e-ISBN: 978-1-63700-032-8
eBook User Price: $225
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Notable Mystery & Detective Fiction Writers

August 2021

This new, two-volume title features the best writers -- both classic and contemporary -- of the compelling and fascinating literary genre of mystery and detective fiction. Each of the more than 300 essays includes a comprehensive overview of the lives of the featured authors as well as a detailed look at his or her significant works.

These volumes feature such well-known mystery writers as:

  • Raymond Chandler
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Agatha Christie
  • Dashiell Hammett

Coverage also features contemporary greats like:

  • Megan Abbott
  • Mary Higgins Clark
  • Gillian Flynn
  • Shirley Jackson
  • Asa Larsson
  • Steig Larsson
  • Anne Perry
  • Attica Locke
  • J. K. Rowlings

The essays are clearly separated into three parts: Contribution indicates the author’s unique place in mystery and detective fiction; Biography summarizes the author’s life, specifically events that led or contributed to their writing ; and Analysis provides an overview of the author’s work, detailing themes, motifs and style. Additional features include birth/death dates, pseudonyms, type of plots, lists of significant works, and annotated bibliography. Back matter includes Terms & Techniques, Crime Fiction Jargon, Timeline of Crime & Detective Fiction, and several indexes.