By Carl E. Rollyson
Remarkable reference ebook for somebody who enjoys interpreting secret and detective novels.
[b]From college Library Journal[\b]
Grade nine Up—This set beneficial properties a global scope of authors of contemporary and ancient thrillers, horror, espionage, cozies, police procedurals, and metaphysical parodies. a complete quantity is dedicated to topical essays, awards, style phrases, a criminal offense and detective fiction time line, a personality index, and extra (the different volumes are alphabetical through author). increased from its unique variation (Salem, 1988), the set's greater than three hundred authors contain J. okay. Rowling with her beginner sleuths Harry, Ron, and Hermione; and Susan Conant, whose dog-training sleuth, Holly iciness, solves crimes and promotes accountable puppy possession. vintage authors equivalent to Raymond Chandler, Charles Dickens, and Fyodor Dostoevsky sign up for contemporaries comparable to Sue Grafton, Alexander McCall Smith, Patricia Cornwell, John Grisham, Carl Hiaasen, Stephen King, and screenwriter Stephen J. Cannell (Rockford Files). every one signed access encompasses a bibliography and checklist of significant works. The topical essay quantity may be critical for college kids learning secret fiction around the globe; style developments, reminiscent of pulp fiction; subgenres (forensic mysteries; juvenile and younger grownup secret fiction, comparable to Nancy Drew), and substitute representations of poser fiction (graphic novels, tv shows). A money of Rollyson's serious Survey of lengthy Fiction (Salem, 2000) indicates no duplication of authors. Black-and-white pictures and illustrations are a number of, and readable chapters with subtitles make this set simply accessible.—Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia highschool, NY
For the 1st time due to the fact 1988, Salem Press has revised, up to date, and further to its serious Survey of puzzle and Detective Fiction. the 1st 4 volumes comprise biographical essays that use a similar association because the unique set. each one essay incorporates a directory for start and demise dates, pseudonyms, kinds of plots, and significant sequence. The articles proceed with a dialogue of the sequence characters, the author’s contribution to the style, a biography, a long research of the books, a bibliography that lists all the author’s works by way of sequence after which the entire different works, and a bibliography of articles and books in regards to the writer. The articles fluctuate from 3 to 8 pages in size. the hot set provides 118 authors to the unique 275 entries, that have been absolutely rewritten or revised. even though modern authors corresponding to James Lee Burke and Patricia Cornwell were further, many extra awesome and award-winning authors, together with Marcia Muller, James Patterson, and Anne Perry, are passed over. the largest swap within the set is the addition of a 5th quantity, together with 37 essays at the style, a bibliography, an inventory of awards, an inventory of on-line assets, chronologies, and 4 varied indexes. Essays comparable to “Literary points of poser Fiction” and “Graphic Novels” are remarkable and provide new insights and knowledge at the style. The indexes that categorize authors by means of form of sleuth and subgenre and that checklist sequence characters by means of identify are convenient reader’s-advisory instruments. As with different Salem Press reference units, the serious Survey of poser and Detective Fiction is an excellently written and designed software that brings jointly an enormous volume of knowledge. all the writer and style essays are relaxing to learn and make the data effortless to appreciate. This set might be a very good addition to educational libraries. Public libraries also will locate it priceless yet should make a decision approximately including it in the event that they produce other biographical reference resources that conceal those authors. --Merle Jacob
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He wants to win, too. He wants to win, even if he has to resort to unsportsmanlike shenanigans, by golly. So is he a menace? You bet your sweet life he is. And does the struggle between the two opposing forces create SUSPENSE? Well, if the writer has done his job, it should. Adams’s handling of plot and his mode of pacing are typically hard-boiled. His stories are complicated, involving the standard cast of gangsters, treacherous women, unsympathetic police officers, corrupt politicians, and professional criminals.
New York: Routledge, 2005. Contains a chapter on police procedurals that helps place Abbot among his fellow writers. Critical Survey of Mystery and Detective Fiction Steinbrunner, Chris, and Otto Penzler, eds. Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection. New York: McGrawHill, 1976. Still the classic source on mystery and detective fiction. A good work for contextualizing Abbot’s work thematically, but it lacks bibliographic resources. CLEVE F. ADAMS Born: Chicago, Illinois; 1895 Died: Glendale, California; December 28, 1949 Also wrote as Franklin Charles; John Spain Types of plot: Private investigator; hard-boiled Principal series Rex McBride, 1940-1955 William Rye, 1942-1950 John J.