The Lineup: The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives
What was the real-life location that inspired Michael Connelly to make Harry Bosch a Vietnam v ...more
Leave it to Mr. Penzler to come up with an interesting way to find out about recurring characters in some of the popular series (and help out his independent book store, a sadly dying breed). Besides being fascinated at gaining insight into some favorites, I've also expanded my already ungainly TBR list. ...more
What was the real-life location that inspired Michael Connelly to make Harry Bosch a Vietnam vet tunnel rat? Why is Jack Reacher a drifter? How did a brief encounter in Botswana inspire Alexander McCall Smith to create ...more
The Lineup is the collection of the character sketches, from some of my ...more
I enjoyed reading about Ken Bruen’s Jack Taylor. It made him more interesting to me and now I w ...more
Also, it also gave me ideas for new books to read. I had never thought of reading the Judith Kellerman books, for example. It is a lot of fun and I recommend it to any mystery series fan.
i even read the ones from the writers i don't read b/c it was still interesting to see the inspiration behind ther writers method.
i recommend it to anyone who reads the writers in the book. it gives great insight into some of your fave characters. ...more
The Lineup is a gem of a book for mystery fans. Edited by Otto Penzler, it features the World's greatest crime writers telling in their own words how they created their famous detectives. There is a wide range of detective styles represented, and I found it interesting to read about the ones I knew, as well as discover new authors. Even hearing from some authors I don't like was interesting. Didn't make me want to read them again (!) but I resp ...more
A great recurring character in a series you love becomes an old friend. You learn about their strange quirks and their haunted pasts and root for them every time they face danger. But where do some of the most fascinating sleuths in the mystery and thriller world really come from?
What was the real-life location that inspired Michael Connelly to make Harry Bosch a Vietnam vet tunnel rat? Why is Jack Reacher a drifter? How did a brief encounter in Botswana inspire Alexander McCall Smith to create...more
Recommended to fans of fictional crime/police procedurals and murder mysteries, participating authors and/or subject series gumshoes, as well as other writers seeking methods of character creation and development.
I enjoyed reading Alexander McCall Smith love of Sub-Sahara Africa. And, where would I find this from Colin Dexter: "I had long en ...more
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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