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Gun in Cheek: An Affectionate Guide to the "Worst" in Mystery Fiction

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  62 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
A classic collection of the worst writing ever to appear in the mystery. It is funny as hell, and a wonderful subject for a book. Pronzini handles it beautifully. This book is hard to find and it is a must for collectors. If you find a copy, buy it at almost any price.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 1st 1987 by Mysterious Press
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Tim
Feb 16, 2015 Tim rated it it was amazing
Arthur Conan Doyle. James M. Cain. Raymond Chandler. Ross MacDonald. Eric Ambler. Agatha Christie. These are names that are familiar to most fans of mystery writing as the classic authors of the genre, who are still read and admired today. But what about Doyle's brother-in-law, E.W. Hornung? Or Sax Rohmer, the author of the much-imitated Fu Manchu series? Sidney Horler? Robert Leslie Bellem, A.E. Apple, Michael Morgan (the pen name of Teet Carle and Dean A. Dorn), Mary Roberts Rinehart (creator ...more
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Feb 18, 2016 Emma rated it really liked it
A fun look at the "best" of the "worst" in mystery writing before 1980. I don't think I'll go out and get any of the books Pronzini quoted from as I have quite a lot already in my to-read stack that might end of contenders for his next sequel.
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Feb 27, 2016 Larry rated it liked it
A little dated seeing the book was over 20 years old at the time of this review and refers to books 20 years pryer, This is no surprise.
But a good entertaining look at his profession.
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Mystery Writers of America Awards "Grand Master" 2008
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1999) for Boobytrap
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (1998) for A Wasteland of Strangers
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (1997) for Sentinels
Shamus Awards "The Eye" (Lifetime achievment award) 1987
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1982) for Hoodwink

Married to author Marcia Muller.

Pseudonyms:
Robert Hart Davis (collab
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