100 American Crime Writers

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Steven Powell
Palgrave Macmillan, Aug 7, 2012 - Fiction - 373 pages
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From Edgar Allan Poe to James Ellroy, crime writers have provided some of the most popular, controversial, acclaimed and disturbing works in American literature. 100 American Crime Writers provides critical biographies of some of the greatest and most important crime writers in American history. Both an important scholarly work and an enjoyable read accessible to a wider audience, this addition in Palgrave's Crime Files series includes discussion of the lives of key crime writers, as well as analysis of the full breadth and scope of the genre - from John Dickson Carr's Golden Age detective stories to Raymond Chandler's hardboiled Philip Marlowe novels, Ed McBain's 87th Precinct police procedurals to Megan Abbott's modern day reimagining of the femme fatale. Drawing on some of the best and most recent scholarship in the field, all of the key writers and themes of the genre are discussed in this comprehensive study of one of the most fascinating and popular of literary genres.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
From Golden Age to Hardboiled
6
Crime Fiction and the Chandler Inheritance
11
1 Megan Abbott
16
2 Paul Auster
18
3 WT Ballard
20
4 Ann Bannon
22
5 Robert Bloch
25
52 Day Keene
184
53 Jonathan Kellerman
186
54 C Daly King
190
55 Jonathan Latimer
192
56 Dennis Lehane
194
57 Elmore Leonard
198
58 Ira Levin
204
59 Elizabeth Linington
206

6 Lawrence Block
29
7 Leigh Brackett
32
8 Gil Brewer
35
9 Fredric Brown
37
10 Howard Browne
39
11 Edward Bunker
41
12 James Lee Burke
45
13 WR Burnett
48
14 James M Cain
51
15 Paul Cain
57
16 Truman Capote
59
17 John Dickson Carr
61
18 Vera Caspary
65
19 Raymond Chandler
67
20 Harlan Coben
73
21 Max Allan Collins
76
22 Richard Condon
80
23 Michael Connelly
83
24 Patricia Cornwell
87
25 Robert Crais
92
26 James Crumley
94
27 Carroll John Daly
96
28 Norbert Davis
99
29 Mignon G Eberhart
101
30 James Ellroy
103
31 Janet Evanovich
109
32 William Faulkner
112
33 Kenneth Fearing
114
34 Rudolph Fisher
116
35 Kinky Friedman
118
36 Jacques Futrelle
122
37 Erle Stanley Gardner
126
38 William Campbell Gault
132
39 David Goodis
134
40 Sue Grafton
138
41 Davis Grubb
142
42 Frank Gruber
145
43 Dashiell Hammett
147
44 Thomas Harris
153
45 Carl Hiaasen
157
46 George V Higgins
161
47 Patricia Highsmith
165
48 Tony Hillerman
171
49 Chester Himes
174
50 Roy Huggins
180
51 Dorothy B Hughes
182
60 Eleazar Lipsky
208
61 John Lutz
210
62 John D MacDonald
212
63 Ross Macdonald
218
64 Dan J Marlowe
224
65 Ed McBain
226
66 Horace McCoy
232
67 William P McGivern
237
68 Margaret Millar
239
69 Walter Mosley
244
70 Marcia Muller
249
71 Frederick Nebel
252
72 Barbara Neely
254
73 William F Nolan
258
74 Sara Paretsky
260
75 Robert B Parker
266
76 George Pelecanos
270
77 Edgar Allan Poe
275
78 Melville Davisson Post
281
79 Richard S Prather
283
80 Bill Pronzini
285
81 Ellery Queen aka Dannay and Lee
287
82 Arthur B Reeve
291
83 Mary Roberts Rinehart
293
84 James Sallis
297
85 George S Schuyler
301
86 Viola Brothers Shore
304
87 Iceberg Slim
306
88 Mickey Spillane
310
89 Rex Stout
315
90 Jim Thompson
319
91 Ernest Tidyman
323
92 Lawrence Treat
325
93 SS Van Dine Willard Huntington Wright
327
94 Joseph Wambaugh
331
95 Carolyn Wells
335
96 Donald E Westlake
337
97 Raoul Whitfield
341
98 Charles Willeford
343
99 Charles Williams
347
100 Cornell Woolrich
350
Bibliography
353
Suggested Reading
358
Index
369
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DELPHINE M. CINGAL Assistant Professor at Panth on-Assas-Paris 2, France TIM FOSTER Teacher of English and Film Studies at a school in Bedfordshire, UK DAVID HERING Teacher at the University of Liverpool, UK MEGAN HOFFMAN PhD candidate and teaching assistant in the School of English, University of St Andrews, UK MARTIN LIGHTENING Freelance documentary cameraman SUSAN MASSEY PhD graduate from the University of St Andrews, UK ESME MISKIMMIN Teacher at the University of Liverpool, UK JURI NUMMELIN Finnish writer, editor and translator CHRIS PAK PhD candidate specialising in science fiction at the University of Liverpool, UK J. KINGSTON PIERCE Journalist and author DIANA POWELL PhD candidate at the University of Liverpool, UK CHRIS ROUTLEDGE Freelance writer, editor and academic STEVE SCOTT Retired commercial banker living in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA MAUREEN SUNDERLAND Independent scholar