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Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s

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American crime writing was reborn in the 1920s. After years of dominance by British authors, new American writers—with fresh ideas about the detective and the mystery—appeared on the scene and rose to heights of popularity not witnessed since the success of the Sherlock Holmes tales in America.  
Classic American Crime Writing of the 1920s—including House Without a KeyThe
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Hardcover, 1152 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Pegasus Books
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Beth Cato
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is massive. 1100 pages, hardbound. This is the kind of book you want to use to wallop burglars. That'd be an especially appropriate use of this anthology, too, since it covers a full range of 1920s crime novels. Overall, it's a fascinating read. You get the first books of several major detective series, like Charlie Chan and Ellery Queen. Even the book with an almost unbearable protagonist, Philo Vance, gave me oodles of useful research notes and an interesting mystery as the backbone ...more
Bill Kelly
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In addition to the five cornerstone crime fiction novels, an introduction by Otto Penzler and a forward by Leslie S. Klinger provide valuable American crime fiction history and perceptive insight for the social context and background in which these books were written. A mighty effort has gone into the annotations which include profuse period illustrations.

I had always avoided reading Van Dine due the critical hammering he has taken, both in his own time and currently. Klinger’s annotations enab
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Robert Muller
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I found the Philo Vance and Ellery Queen novels nearly unreadable in this volume. Hammett's Red Harvest is far and away the best, though I was pleasantly surprised by Little Caesar, and the Charlie Chan novel is very decent reading. There are several problems with the book, though. First, too many typos--did anyone proofread? More substantively, there are so many missed opportunities for annotations that it feels like Klinger only put in a half-hearted effort on this one. The introduction provid ...more
Gary Shapiro
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The ebook does not have the Hammet novel Red Harvest, so you might want the print edition. The annotations are fascinating.
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Paula Malady
Great volume. The book is huge but the comments on every page explaining the culture, the times, the idioms, language use, political and personal references is amazing. I took this book from the library but I think it is one I would love to have at home.
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Leslie S. Klinger is considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on those twin icons of the Victorian era, Sherlock Holmes and Dracula. He is the editor of the three-volume collection of the short stories and novels, THE NEW ANNOTATED SHERLOCK HOLMES, published by W. W. Norton in 2004 and 2005, winner of the Edgar® Award for Best Critical/Biographical Work and nominated for every othe ...more