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100 American Crime Writers

August 17, 2012

I am now settled in to my new apartment. I have a room with a view which is very conducive to writing. This  is good because my latest book, 100 American Crime Writers, has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan, and over the next few weeks, I’m going to write several posts on this site to publicise it. As editor of this anthology, I had several wonderful contributors who wrote the biographical entries which comprise the volume. Editing the book was an often arduous, sometimes glorious and ultimately rewarding experience. I often felt like a crime writer, or better still a private detective, piecing together the mystery of these great crime writers’ lives. Several of the contributors have made similar comments to me about the experience. The lives of American crime writers are as fascinating, if not more so, than the work they produced, and the entries balance the discussion between their life and work. If you are a student, scholar of just fan of crime fiction then this is a book for you.

Here is the jacket cover, description and list of entries:

From Edgar Allan Poe to James Ellroy, crime writers have provided some of the most popular, controversial, acclaimed and disturbing works in American literature. 100 American Crime Writers provides critical biographies of some of the greatest and most important crime writers in American history. Both an important scholarly work and an enjoyable read accessible to a wider audience, this addition in Palgrave’s Crime Files series includes discussion of the lives of key crime writers, as well as analysis of the full breadth and scope of the genre – from John Dickson Carr’s Golden Age detective stories to Raymond Chandler’s hardboiled Philip Marlowe novels, Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct police procedurals to Megan Abbott’s modern day reimagining of the femme fatale. Drawing on some of the best and most recent scholarship in the field, all of the key writers and themes of the genre are discussed in this comprehensive study of one of the most fascinating and popular of literary genres.

‘Out of the Venetian Vase’: From Golden Age to Hard-boiled
‘After These Mean Streets’: Crime Fiction and the Chandler Inheritance
Megan Abbott
Paul Auster
W.T. Ballard
Ann Bannon
Robert Bloch
Lawrence Block
Leigh Brackett
Gil Brewer
Fredric Brown
Howard Browne
Edward Bunker
James Lee Burke
W.R. Burnett
James M. Cain
Paul Cain
Truman Capote
John Dickson Carr
Vera Caspary
Raymond Chandler
Harlan Coben
Max Allan Collins
Richard Condon
Michael Connelly
Patricia Cornwell
Robert Crais
James Crumley
Carroll John Daly
Norbert Davis
Mignon G. Eberhart
James Ellroy
Janet Evanovich
William Faulkner
Kenneth Fearing
Rudolph Fisher
Kinky Friedman
Jacques Futrelle
Erle Stanley Gardner
William Campbell Gault
David Goodis
Sue Grafton
Davis Grubb
Frank Gruber
Dashiell Hammett
Thomas Harris
Carl Hiaasen
Patricia Highsmith
George V. Higgins
Tony Hillerman
Chester Himes
Dorothy B. Hughes
Roy Huggins
Day Keene
Jonathan Kellerman
C. Daly King
Jonathan Latimer
Dennis Lehane
Elmore Leonard
Ira Levin
Elizabeth Linington
Eleazar Lipsky
John Lutz
Ed McBain
Horace McCoy
William P. McGivern
John D. MacDonald
Ross Macdonald
Dan J. Marlowe
Margaret Millar
Walter Mosley
Marcia Muller
Frederick Nebel
Barbara Neely
William F. Nolan
Sara Paretsky
Robert B. Parker
George Pelecanos
Edgar Allan Poe
Melville Davisson Post
Richard S. Prather
Bill Pronzini
Ellery Queen (aka Dannay and Lee)
Arthur B. Reeve
Mary Roberts Rinehart
James Sallis
George S. Schuyler
Viola Brothers Shore
Iceberg Slim
Mickey Spillane
Rex Stout
Jim Thompson
Ernest Tidyman
Lawrence Treat
S.S. Van Dine (Willard Huntington Wright)
Joseph Wambaugh
Carolyn Wells
Donald E Westlake
Raoul Whitfield
Charles Willeford
Charles Williams
Cornell Woolrich

Here’s the page on the publisher’s website, and here is the link for Amazon.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. August 17, 2012 9:21 pm

    And Tony Bulmer.

  2. August 17, 2012 9:23 pm

    Look forward to reading this Steve.

    • August 17, 2012 10:07 pm

      Thanks Tony. I’ll do a second edition called 101 American Crime Writers which will include you.


  3. August 19, 2012 3:11 pm

    Usually books like this are heavy with authors I don’t care about, with the “good ones” far too few. This is the opposite. I only spot a few names I’m not interested in (Janet Evanovich), and mostly gems. Exciting.

    • August 19, 2012 8:04 pm

      Thanks Kelly,

      I hope you enjoy the book. I’m glad you like the diversity of crime writers represented.



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