This long overdue American and British anthology of detective fiction is filled with award-winning short stories, inside information on the authors who wrote them, discussions about the evolution of the genre, and significant literary criticism.
- Organized thematically by the most popular categories of detective fiction--The Amateur Detective, The Private Investigator, and the Police--the works within each of these three sections are arranged chronologically so students can trace how the genre has developed over time.
- Includes a compelling range of stories by the major writers in the genre, including Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, Sue Grafton, and Dashiell Hammett.
- A General Introduction and an introduction to each of the three major sections provide background on the development and the conventions of detective fiction and help students appreciate the connections between the works in the anthology.
- Critical apparatus includes critical essays on the history and form of detective fiction and critical commentaries by the writers themselves.
- The biographies include a discussion of the author's contributions to the genre of detective fiction, suggestions for futher readings, and awards received by the author.
Table of Contents
*This tentative table of contents is for early review purposes; the final contents may not include all of the selections listed here.
W. H. Auden, “Detective Story.”
John Ball, “Murder at Large.”
I. THE AMATEUR DETECTIVE. Introduction. Critical Essays and Commentary.
Patricia D. Maida and Nicholas B. Spornick, from “The Puzzle-Game.”
Nancy Ellen Talburt and Juana R. Young,“ The Many Guises of the Contemporary Amateur Detective.”Stories.
Edgar Allan Poe, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.”
Arthur Conan Doyle, “Silver Blaze.”
Agatha Christie, “The Witness for the Prosecution.”
Dorothy L. Sayers, “The Haunted Policeman.” Ellery Queen, “My Queer Dean.”
John Dickson Carr, “The House in Goblin Wood.”
Margaret Maron, “Deborah's Judgment.”
Sharyn McCrumb, “Nine Lives to Live.”
Dianne Mott Davidson, “Cold Turkey.”
Jan Burke, “Revised Endings.”
II. THE PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR. Critical Essays.
Raymond Chandler, “The Simple Art of Murder.”
Natalie Hevener Kaufman and Carol McGinnis Kay, from “Grafton's Place in the Development of the Detective Novel.”Stories.
Dashiell Hammett, “The Gutting of Couffignal.”
Raymond Chandler, “Trouble is My Business.”
Sue Grafton, “The Parker Shotgun.”
Sara Paretsky, “Skin Deep.” Gar Anthony Haywood, “And Pray Nobody Sees You.”
S. J. Rozan, “Going Home.”
III. THE POLICE. Critical Essays and Commentary.
LeRoy Lad Panek, excerpts from “The Police Novel.”
Ed McBain, “The 87th Precinct.”Stories.
Freeman Wills Crofts, “The Hunt Ball.”
Georges Simenon, “Inspector Maigret Deduces.”
Ed McBain, “Sadie When She Died.”
Tony Hillerman, “Chee's Witch.”
Ian Rankin, “The Dean Curse.”
Peter Robinson, “Missing in Action.”
Clark Howard, “Under Suspicion.”
APPENDIX A: Notable Annual Awards for Mystery and Detective Fiction.
APPENDIX B: Bibliography of Critical Essays and Commentaries.