The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes: The Greatest Detective Stories: 1837-1914

Graeme Davis (Editor)
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If "Rue Morgue" was the first true detective story in English, the title of the first full-length detective novel is more hotly contested. Two books by Wilkie Collins--The Woman in White (1859) and The Moonstone (1868)--are often given that honor, with the latter showing many of the features that came to identify the genre: a locked-room murder in an English country house; bungling local detectives outmatched by a brilliant amateur detective; a large cast of suspects and a plethora of red herrings; and a final twist before the truth is revealed. Others point to Mary Elizabeth Braddon's The Trail of the Serpent (1861) or Aurora Floyd (1862), and others still to The Notting Hill Mystery (1862-3) by the pseudonymous "Charles Felix."

As the early years of detective fiction gave way to two separate golden ages--of hard-boiled tales in America and intricately-plotted, so-called "cozy" murders in Britain--the legacy of Sherlock Holmes, with his fierce devotion to science and logic, gave way to street smarts on the one hand and social insight on the other--but even though these new sub-genres went their own ways, their detectives still required the intelligence and clear-sightedness that characterized the earliest works of detective fiction: the trademarks of Sherlock Holmes, and of all the detectives featured in these pages.

Product Details

Price
$25.95
Publisher
Pegasus Books
Publish Date
June 04, 2019
Pages
364
Dimensions
6.2 X 1.5 X 9.4 inches | 1.2 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781643130712
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About the Author

Graeme Davis has been fascinated by horror fiction since his teens, devouring late-night reruns of the classic Universal and Hammer movies on his parents' black-and-white TV and stripping local thrift-stores of horror titles. He began writing for tabletop role-playing games in the early 1980s, and among many other credits he helped develop Games Workshop's blockbuster Warhammer dark-fantasy franchise and the 90s Gothic hit Vampire: The Masquerade, as well as more than 40 electronic games. This is his second anthology for Pegasus, following on from the 2017 collection Colonial Horrors. He lives in Lafayette, Colorado.

Leslie S. Klinger is one of the world's foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes. He is the editor fo the tree-volume The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes. The first two volumes, The Complete Short Stories, won the Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical work.

Reviews

Davis's collection offers the pleasure of undiscovered countries.
A welcome addition to early English detective fiction anthologies. Solid entries will be new to many.
The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes, edited by Graeme Davis, features exploits of both the great detective's predecessors--such as Edgar Allan Poe's C. Auguste Dupin--and his numerous literary progeny, including R. Austin Freeman's scientific Dr. Thorndyke and Ernest Bramah's blind Max Carrados. Holmes authority Leslie S. Klinger opens the anthology with a generous background essay, after which Davis reprints a variety of excellent stories.--Michael Dirda