Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s

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$39.95  $37.15
Pegasus Crime
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8.7 X 10.1 X 2.6 inches | 5.75 pounds

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About the Author

Leslie S. Klinger is one of the world's foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes. He is the editor of the three-volume set The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes. The first two volumes, The Complete Short Stories, won the Edgar for Best Critical/Biographical work. He has just completed The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft. Klinger is a member of the Baker Street Irregulars and lives in Malibu. Otto Penzler is the proprietor of the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. He is the founder of the Mysterious Press and Otto Penzler Books and has received an Edgar Award, an Ellery Queen Award, and a Raven Award for his contribution to the mystery field. His anthology The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps was a New York Times Bestseller.


This is a big deal. Any fan of crime fiction will grab for it.The restored texts of these five 1920s classics are reason enough to treasure this volume. Add the fascinating notes, illustrations, and historical overview supplied by master-researcher Leslie S. Klinger, along with an insightful introduction from crime-fiction authority Otto Penzler, and the result is a classic of its own, one that I'll return to again and again.--David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Murder As a Fine Art
The hugely welcome revival of fiction from the Golden Age of detective fiction between the wars is given fresh impetus by Les Klinger's eclectic, attractively produced, and splendidly annotated collection of five American classic mystery novels.--Martin Edwards, Edgar-winning author of Gallows Court and The Golden Age of Murder
A treasure chest, packed with gumshoes and dames, Colt-.45s and fedoras, townhouses and locked rooms. Resurrecting long-gone authors and restoring their finest work to the page, this gorgeous volume is indispensable for any mystery enthusiast.--A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
These five novels, all wildly popular when first published, offer a window on the world of manners and attitudes in America in the 1920s. They can still be enjoyed as mysteries, or they can be read as historic documents, enriched by Klinger's copious annotations that help fix each in its time and place. A veritable buffet of food for thought for crime fiction fans.
A gargantuan, extensively annotated collection of five cornerstones of American crime fiction that every fan will want to own. Klinger has provided the perfect gift for newcomers lucky enough not to have read its contents already--and the perfect excuse to wonder if a 1930s sequel may be lurking around the corner.
Its content is as impressive as its packaging. We can't wait to page through this beautiful volume!
Sumptuous. By the time Inspector Richard Queen and his bookish son Ellery arrive at Manhattan's Roman theater to examine the dead body of crooked lawyer Monte Field, I was registering a distinct sense of well-being and contentment. This hefty volume opens with an essay by our preeminent authority on the mystery genre, Otto Penzler, followed by excellent brief introductions to each author and novel from Klinger. There's a treasure house of illuminating and useful information here. What's more, Pegasus has produced as handsome a volume as you could ask for, starting with the gold-embossed lettering on its cinema-marquee style dust jacket. The whole package cries 'terrific holiday gift, ' which it is. Ideally, glamorous productions such as Klinger's lead modern readers to good books worth rediscovering.
A handsome, hefty volume, filled out by period illustrations (in both color and black-and-white), with a foreword by the knowledgeable Mr. Klinger. The book surveys a decade that delivered both the objective, 'aesthetic' puzzles of S.S. Van Dine and the hard-boiled, knuckle-busting sagas of Dashiell Hammett.
A treasure of information and a joy to study or simply read. By gathering these texts together and diving into them with insight and research, Klinger brings them to today's readers in an accessible, enlightening, and entertaining way.
Highly informative and fascinating.
It's like a break-neck, thrill-ride, pell-mell passage to another mad era. A seatbelt for your armchair is suggested. I am quite sure there will be no dozing off.