The definitive guide to crime fiction from the first half of the 20th century curated by the leading expert on the genre
This book tells the story of crime fiction published during the first half of the 20th century. The diversity of this much-loved genre is breathtaking. To illustrate this, Martin Edwards, President of the Detection Club and the leading expert on classic crime, discusses 100 books ranging from The Hound of the Baskervilles to Strangers on a Train to highlight the plots, literary achievements and social significance of vintage crime fiction.
Readers who enjoy classic crime will make fascinating discoveries and learn about forgotten gems as well as best-selling authors, including Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, G. K. Chesterton, Margery Allingham and Dashiell Hammett.
Even the most widely read connoisseurs will find books (and trivia – for example, the author of She Had to Have Gas, Ernest Basil Charles Thornett, worked as a cryptographer at Bletchley Park during the Second World War) with which they are unfamiliar, as well as unexpected choices to debate.
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