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A Modern Treasury of Great Detective and Murder Mysteries

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This is the essential one-volume companion for all lovers of mystery and suspense fiction. Here you'll find the leading storytellers of our time including Tony Hillerman, Ed McBain, Sara Paretsky, Charlotte MacLeod and many others. This handsome, comprehensive book represents crime fiction at its absolute best. With a knowledgeable introduction by Jon L. Breen and head not ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 22nd 1996 by Carroll & Graf (first published 1994)
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John P
Jan 16, 2016 John P rated it liked it

This was an enjoyable collection. The short stories included exhibit quite a variety of styles. Original publication dates range from 1954 up to 1991, so more than one or two are noticeably dated.

Most of the shorts are 5 or so pages long although there are a couple that pass the 10-page mark, so be prepared for very quick plot action and resolution.

In the larger picture, I am beginning to enjoy this genre less than I once did. Not because of this collection, mind you, but because of the limited
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Nov 02, 2012 Yourfiendmrjones rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hardboiled
Read it if only for two stories- they're all great, btw, Gorman did a great job of picking out crime stories-

The Second Coming by Joe Gores and While She Was Out by Edward Bryant. The first is by a master writer (Hammett and the DKA Files series)writing about faux hipsters getting themselves in to an execution as witnesses and how it changes them. The second was adapted as a decent Kim Basinger vehicle, but you should really read the story. Tightly plotted, with one of the best endings I have e
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Karen
May 10, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
A great collection from the best writers, coziness to dark...it's all here.
Jon
Oct 27, 2007 Jon rated it it was ok
The stories are range from fine to excellent, but the table of contents lists incorrect page numbers for every story. This is incredibly frustrating in such a large anthology.
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Mazeli Dee
Jul 26, 2014 Mazeli Dee rated it really liked it
Too lazy for a review. Hmmm. Some of the stories do not involve murder, or detecting, or mysteries. Still, a good read. :)
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Edward Joseph Gorman was born on November 2, 1941 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He spent 20 years in the advertising industry before leaving to write full-time in 1984. Since then, he has been incredibly prolific, averaging 2-3 novels a year in addition to many short stories, editing anthologies, and founding and editing Mystery Scene, the new magazine of the mystery field. He has written in many genres, ...more
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