The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries: The Most Complete Collection of Impossible-Crime Stories Ever Assembled

Otto Penzler (Author)
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Product Details

Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Publish Date
October 28, 2014
6.7 X 1.8 X 9.1 inches | 2.35 pounds

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About the Author

Otto Penzler is a two-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award and the editor of numerous anthologies, among them eight other Vintage Crime/Black Lizard anthologies, most recently The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries. He is the owner of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City.


"The best gift ever for the fan of mysteries impossible to solve. . . . Penzler, an acclaimed mystery writer, has a gift for bringing back talented writers from historical obscurity."
--The Seattle Times

"This collection delivers more than 900 pages of wonderful reading. . . . Every fan of old-time detection will want this book."
--The Washington Post

"Unparalleled. . . . This is the ideal bedside book for mystery fans: packed with short, challenging tales of murder and deduction, easily consumed before the eyes flicker. . . . Many of the stories are classics (and worth reading again), but there are a number of writers here whose stories aren't well known, so there's much to discover."
--Shelf Awareness

"A wide-ranging collection of the impossible. . . . This intelligently assembled anthology of 68 short stories will be catnip for fair play fans. . . . The real treat is in the revelations of the gifts at misdirection from undeservedly obscure authors such as Julian Hawthorne (Nathaniel's son), J.E. Gurdon, Augustus Muir, and Vincent Cornier, whose ingenious work is less likely to be encountered in other anthologies."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Connoisseurs of this eccentric, demanding form will find this an indispensable resource, a pearl beyond price."
--Kirkus Reviews