Murderous Schemes: An Anthology of Classic Detective Stories

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OUP USA, 29.01.1998 г. - 528 страници
When plotting a murder (figuratively speaking), the mystery writer has at hand any number of M.O.s, including such tried and true conventions as the locked room, the unbreakable alibi, the double bluff, and the mistaken identity. Now, in Murderous Schemes, renowned mystery writers Donald E. Westlake and J. Madison Davis offer an illuminating look at eight such mystery conventions, illustrating each with four short stories written by some of the masters of the form. The resulting collection of thirty-two tales spans a hundred and fifty years of crime fiction and includes virtually every style imaginable, from the hard-boiled detective story to the cozy armchair mystery. the differences between American and British detective fiction, and they illuminate the evolution of crime writing over time. Here is a glorious treasure chest of tales that cover every crime in the book, written by a who's who of crime fiction—Edgar Allan Poe, Wilkie Collins, Arthur Conan Doyle, G. K. Chesterton, Raymond Chandler, Dorothy L. Sayers, Chester Himes, Edward D. Hoch, and Lawrence Block, to name but a few. Bringing together a century and a half of superb crime stories, Murderous Schemes is a glorious collection that will inform and delight anyone who loves mystery and mayhem.
 

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The Locked Room
7
What No Butler? Damon Runyon
27
The Leopold Locked Room Edward D Hoch
40
The Man Who Read John Dickson Carr William Brittain
59
Only One Among You
67
The Necklace of Pearls Dorothy L Sayers
88
They Can Only Hang You Once Dashiell Hammett
99
Busted Blossoms Stuart M Kaminsky
113
The Orderly World of Mr Appleby Stanley Ellin
297
Bless This House Christianna Brand
316
Someday Ill Plant More Walnut Trees Lawrence Block
329
Confess
345
The Adventure of the Dying Detective
362
The Master of Mystery Jack London
378
The Fat Man Isak Dinesen
390
Hoist on their Own Petards
401

The Caper
125
The Impossible Theft John F Suter
143
Dont Know Much About Art Simon Brett
157
The Ultimate Caper Donald E Westlake
182
The Mysterious Death On the Underground Railway
189
The Blue Geranium Agatha Christie
206
The Adventure of Abraham Lincolns Clue Ellery Queen
221
The Affair of the Twisted Scarf Rex Stout
238
The Landlady Roald Dahl
287
The Possibility of Evil Shirley Jackson
432
The Secret Lover Peter Lovesey
443
Over the Edge
455
The Hands of Mr Ottermole Thomas Burke
479
Tang Chester Himes
497
Little Apple Hard to Peel Fredric Brown
504
Acknowledgments
517
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Donald E. Westlake received the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for his novel God Save the Mark and in 1993 won their Grandmaster Award for lifetime achievement. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay for The Grifters. J. Madison Davis is Professor of Journalism in the Professional Writing Program at the University of Oklahoma and is current president of the International Association of Crime Writers. He is the author of The Murder of Frau Schutz, which was nominated for the Edgar Award.

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