Otto Penzler

Goodreads Author


Website

Twitter

Genre

Member Since
March 2012


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 Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection in 1977, and The Lineup in 2010. The Mystery Writers of America awarded him the prestigious Ellery Queen Award in 1994, and the Raven--the group's highest non-writing award--in 2003.

Ben Crandel Returns

Murray Sinclair's Ben Crandel series makes a return in print and ebook formats. 

 •  0 comments  •  flag
Share on Twitter
Published on July 30, 2019 11:01
Average rating: 3.83 · 29,916 ratings · 3,997 reviews · 291 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Black Lizard Big Book o...

4.16 avg rating — 817 ratings — published 2007 — 7 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Christmas at The Mysterious...

3.51 avg rating — 599 ratings — published 2010 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Big Book of Christmas M...

3.98 avg rating — 619 ratings — published 2013 — 15 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Lineup: The World's Gre...

by
3.73 avg rating — 469 ratings — published 2009 — 14 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Vampire Archives

by
3.95 avg rating — 414 ratings — published 2009 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Black Lizard Big Book o...

by
4.21 avg rating — 298 ratings — published 2010 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
In Pursuit of Spenser: Myst...

by
3.79 avg rating — 313 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Big Book of Sherlock Ho...

by
4.03 avg rating — 316 ratings — published 2015 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Bibliomysteries: Stories of...

by
3.70 avg rating — 349 ratings — published 2013 — 8 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Bloodsuckers: The Vampire A...

3.46 avg rating — 248 ratings — published 2009 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Otto Penzler…

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

Otto’s Recent Updates

Otto Penzler wrote a new blog post

Ben Crandel Returns

Murray Sinclair's Ben Crandel series makes a return in print and ebook formats. 
Otto Penzler rated a book really liked it
Book Club by Loren D. Estleman
Rate this book
Clear rating
Set in a small New Mexico town, this tale begins when a wealthy book collector is murdered. It’s up to the town police chief, a former bookseller, to solve the crime and catch the crook. Against the backdrop of a heckling book club made up of hilario ...more
Otto Penzler rated a book really liked it
Strike Three, You're Dead by R.D. Rosen
Rate this book
Clear rating
The first book in the Harvey Blissberg series features the former Boston Red Sox player who plays for an affiliated team in Rhode Island, the Providence Jewels. When his buddy and teammate, the Jewels’ relief pitcher Rudy Farth, is found murdered in ...more
Otto Penzler rated a book really liked it
Heads You Lose by Christianna Brand
Rate this book
Clear rating
The first book featuring Inspector Cockrill, this Golden Age mystery was first published in 1941. Against the backdrop of WWII, a group of friends have gathered in a country manor house, the Pideonsford Estate. But perhaps some friendships aren’t all ...more
Otto Penzler rated a book really liked it
A Great Day for the Deadly by Jane Haddam
Rate this book
Clear rating
This holiday-themed mystery features the unusual and intelligent hero, Gregor Demarkian. Although he has retired from the FBI, Gregor continues to solve cases that interest him. In A Great Day for the Deadly, a young nun is murdered in very puzzling ...more
Otto Penzler rated a book really liked it
Tower by Ken Bruen
Rate this book
Clear rating
Dark, yet poetic with hilarious dialogue, this noir novel is an inspired collaboration of two outstanding crime writers. Told from the perspective of two childhood friends who cross into the underbelly of the criminal world, Bruen tackles the mind of ...more
Otto Penzler rated a book really liked it
The Book of Ghosts by Reed Farrel Coleman
The Book of Ghosts
by Reed Farrel Coleman (Goodreads Author)
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Book of Ghosts is a story about the power of memories and lies. The protagonist and narrator of the story is Jacob Weisen, an elderly man who settled in America after surviving the Second World War. To earn asylum, he told a story about a book – ...more
Otto Penzler rated a book really liked it
Bad Lawyer by David Cray
Rate this book
Clear rating
Stephen Solomita (David Cray) is a New York author of hard-boiled crime fiction and legal thrillers. He has a great ear for sharp and clever urban dialogue, and he is at the top of his game in Bad Lawyer. Sid was one of Manhattan’s top defense attorn ...more
Otto Penzler rated a book really liked it
Dead At The Take-off by Lester Dent
Rate this book
Clear rating
Lester Dent is most famous for his Doc Savage stories written under the pseudonym Kenneth Robeson. But Dead at the Take-Off, written under his own name, shows why he was one of the most popular pulp writers of his era. Air travel was very different i ...more
Otto Penzler rated a book really liked it
The Chinese Orange Mystery by Ellery Queen
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ellery Queen, the master of the Golden Age mystery, is one of the most important and influential contributors to the mystery genre. The Chinese Orange Mystery is a prime example of the cleverness of the two geniuses behind the pseudonymous Ellery Que ...more
More of Otto's books…
“Like art, love, and pornography, noir is hard to define, but you know it when you see it. For the purposes of the book and my longtime working understanding and definition of it, noir stories are bleak, existential, alienated, pessimistic tales about losers--people who are so morally challenged that they cannot help but bring about their own ruin.”
Otto Penzler, The Best American Noir of the Century

“My wife has been on my tail six weeks with a blackmail gag,” he went on. “She’s here. When I got back to the hotel a little while ago she came into my room and put on an act.” I thought then I knew who Gard’s client was. “She came in this afternoon. She’s got the room next to mine.” He was silent so long that I laughed a little and said: “So what?” “I’ve got to duck, quick,” he went on. “She’s a bad actor. She came into my room and put on an act. She’s got a guy with her that’s supposed to be her brother and he’s a bad actor, too. You said you were going to drive back to LA. I saw your name on the register when I came in and I thought you might take me along. I can’t rent a car here and there isn’t a train till midnight.” He pulled the biggest roll I ever saw out of his pocket and skimmed off a couple notes. “If it’s a question of money …”
Otto Penzler, The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps: The Best Crime Stories from the Pulps During Their Golden Age - The '20s, '30s & '40s

“I went over and rolled the woman over on her back. She couldn’t have been much over twenty-two or three; little, gray-eyed blonde. There was a knife in her side, under the arm. There was a .38 automatic near her outstretched hand. She was very dead.”
Otto Penzler, The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps: The Best Crime Stories from the Pulps During Their Golden Age - The '20s, '30s & '40s

Polls

I'm proposing this book for this year's holiday read...Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop by Otto Penzler Otto Penzler
What do you think?

Yes
 
  4 votes, 66.7%

No
 
  2 votes, 33.3%

More...

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
The Life of a Boo...: Jan's 2010 Reading Group Challenge 13 73 Apr 20, 2010 11:58AM  
The Seasonal Read...: 10.1 - Stormy Weather 18 188 Jul 24, 2010 07:37AM  
The Seasonal Read...: This topic has been closed to new comments. * Summer Challenge 2010 Tasks 7 1712 Aug 06, 2010 05:55PM  
Book lovers : Recent Buys 666 491 Oct 08, 2011 07:03AM  
The Mystery, Crim...: Help me find short mystery/suspense/crime books 11 261 Jan 30, 2013 12:52PM  
Coffee & Books: 12 Days of Christmas Readathon--Book Updates 220 143 Jan 02, 2014 12:46AM  
The Seasonal Read...: This topic has been closed to new comments. Winter Challenge 2013: Completed Tasks (Do Not Delete Posts) 2511 628 Feb 28, 2014 09:00PM  
The Seasonal Read...: This topic has been closed to new comments. Fall 2014 Completed Tasks: Do Not Delete Posts 4634 1120 Dec 01, 2014 08:53AM  
Crime, Mysteries ...: Who loves a locked-room mystery? 5 67 Mar 24, 2015 09:05PM  
68306 The Edgar Awards Panel — 272 members — last activity Mar 16, 2020 06:02AM
Join us on Monday, April 23, for a discussion with some of the finest mystery and crime writers on the scene today. This group is in celebration of th ...more
58291 Pulp Fiction — 1721 members — last activity Nov 26, 2020 02:34AM
Hard Boiled detective novels, noir, and great crime novels (old and new)



No comments have been added yet.