Murderous Schemes

Murderous Schemes

An Anthology of Classic Detective Stories

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Baker & Taylor
Spanning more than fifty years of detective fiction and a variety of styles from hard-boiled to "cozy," a collection of thirty-two classic crime stories is arranged according to eight common plots of detective fiction. UP.

Blackwell North Amer
When plotting a murder (figuratively speaking), the mystery writer has at hand any number of M.O.'s including such tried and true conventions as the locked room, the unbreakable alibi, the double bluff, the mistaken identity, and many others. Indeed, one of the challenges (and greatest sources of pleasure) for a mystery writer is to visit a well-known plot construction - to try their hand at "the locked room" or "the caper" - perhaps to honor a writer or story they admire, perhaps to try to top them. Now, in Murderous Schemes, renowned mystery writer Donald E. Westlake and J. Madison Davis (current president of the International Association of Crime Writers) offer an illuminating look at eight such mystery conventions, illustrating each with four short stories written by some of the masters of the form. The resulting collection of thirty-two tales spans a hundred and fifty years of crime fiction and includes virtually every style imaginable, from the hard-boiled detective story to the cozy armchair mystery.

& Taylor

Thirty-two classic crime stories are arranged according to eight common plots of detective fiction

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996
ISBN: 9780195103212
Branch Call Number: MYS Mu 1996
Characteristics: vi, 519 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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