1001 Midnights; The Aficionado's Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction, written by authors Bill Pronzini and Marcia Muller, is a wonderful reference book for anyone interested in the Mystery Genre. The book is 879 pages of mystery authors - listed alphabetically and giving descriptons of the authors' characters, the authors' lives and biographical bits. The books are broken down by code within the genre: ie, Action and Adventure, Comedy, Classic Sleuths, Private Eyes, Thriller and many many more categories. There is information preceeded by a * for titles which are especially notable and ** for "cornerstone works in the field. I recommend this book as either a reference book or as just a darned good read. Thank you, Bill and Marcia for taking the time to write this book. I can't imagine the amount of time and work that it took.