The Great Detectives: The World’s Most Celebrated Sleuths Unmasked by Their Authors
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The Great Detectives: The World’s Most Celebrated Sleuths Unmasked by Their Authors

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The origins of literature’s finest crime fighters, told by their creators themselves

Their names ring out like gunshots in the dark of a back alley, crime fighters of a lost era whose heroic deeds will never be forgotten. They are men like Lew Archer, Pierre Chambrun, Flash Casey, and the Shadow. They are women like Mrs. North and the immortal Nancy Drew. These are detectiv...more
ebook, 280 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Road (first published 1978)
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Otto Penzler edited this excellent collection. He selected various authors to tell the story behind the creation of the famous detectives they created. I enjoyed Penzler’s introduction to the book. One of the highlights is his comparison of detectives to superheroes, especially the popular ones that readers want to continue reading about case after case. Penzler also wrote an introduction to each author and detective which gave excellent background for those authors I didn’t know.The book appear...more
Joe  Noir
This book is a little dated now, and some of the detectives profiled have fallen out of favor. There are good essays from the creators of Matt Helm, The Shadow, Mike Shayne, and Quiller. One by the creator of Nancy Drew is a waste of time. Otto Penzler did much better with the more recent book THE LINEUP: The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives (Little Brown 2009), in fact, it won an Edgar award. Read it instead of this book.
Brenda at MyShelf
An update version that has me searching out the mystery writers I was not familiar with... A quick, fasinating read... I read the ebook version...
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Otto Penzler is an editor of mystery fiction in the United States, and proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City, where he lives.

Otto Penzler founded The Mysteriour Press in 1975 and was the publisher of The Armchair Detective, the Edgar-winning quarterly journal devoted to the study of mystery and suspense fiction, for seventeen years.

Penzler has won two Edgar Awards, for The Encycl...more
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