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The Vintage Book of Classic Crime

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The great Raymond Chandler once noted that "the detective or mystery story . . . has become so thoroughly explored that the real problem for a writer now is to avoid writing a mystery while appearing to do so." And that is precisely what the contributors in this masterful anthology have accomplished. For in The Vintage Book of Classic Crime, Michael Dibdin has assembled fi ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published July 14th 1997 by Vintage
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May 10, 2012 J. rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: smooth operators
Shelves: crime, mystery, omnibus
In the melodrama of the brutal thriller we come as close as it is normally possible for art to come to the pure self-righteousness of the lynching mob. -Northrop Frye

Hard to picture that any collection of crime fiction containing this impressive array of writers-- see list of authors --would be found lacking.

Excerpts from the foundations of crime writing including Chekhov, Zola, Edgar Allen Poe-- are found next to mid-century masters from Chandler to Simenon. Golden Age entries are found next
THE VINTAGE BOOK OF CLASSIC CRIME. (1997). Michael Dibdin (ed.). ***.
I had a list of lesser-known crime novelists whose books I was looking for on our library’s web site. Most of the authors had no listing of books, but I was referred to this book often. Oh, well. I ordered it. What this is is a collection of writings from a wide variety of authors – primarily extracts from their books. No extract is longer than a few pages. This might be a good way to get the flavor of a writer, but beyond that
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Michael Dibdin was born in 1947. He went to school in Northern Ireland, and later to Sussex University and the University of Alberta in Canada. He lived in Seattle. After completing his first novel, The Last Sherlock Holmes Story, in 1978, he spent four years in Italy teaching English at the University of Perugia. His second novel, A Rich Full Death, was published in 1986. It was followed by Ratki ...more
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