By Leslie S. Klinger
A riveting selection of 5 of the main recognized crime novels of the Nineteen Twenties, providing anew one of the most well-liked authors of the era—with insightful annotations through the Edgar-winning anthologist Leslie S. Klinger.
American crime writing used to be reborn within the Nineteen Twenties. After years of dominance by way of British authors, new American writers—with clean rules concerning the detective and the mystery—appeared at the scene and rose to heights of recognition now not witnessed because the good fortune of the Sherlock Holmes stories in America.
Classic American Crime Writing of the 1920s—including House and not using a Key, The Benson homicide Case, The Roman Hat Mystery, Red Harvest, and Little Caesar—offers many of the absolute best of that decade’s writing. Earl Derr Biggers wrote approximately Charlie Chan, a Chinese-American detective, at a time while racism used to be rampant. S. S. Van Dine invented Philo Vance, an effete, wealthy beginner psychologist who flourished whereas the US danced and the inventory industry rose. The vital American detective Ellery Queen leapt onto the level, to stay well known for 50 years. Dashiell Hammett brings readers one other secret narrated by means of the Continental Op. W. R. Burnett, created the indelible personality of Rico, the 1st gangster antihero.
Each of the 5 novels integrated is gifted in its unique released shape, with broad historic and cultural annotations and illustrations further by means of Edgar-winning editor Leslie S. Klinger, permitting the reader to event the tale to its fullest. Klinger's unique foreword supplies an summary of the heritage of yank crime writing from its beginnings within the early years of the USA to the 20 th century. This gorgeously illustrated quantity comprises over a hundred colour and black and white pictures in addition to an advent through the eminent secret writer Otto Penzler.
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