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History Of Mystery Hardcover – Sep 1 2001


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  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Collectors Press; 1st American Edition edition (Sept. 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888054530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888054538
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 28.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,400,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tim Hewitt on Dec 28 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is part of the Collectors Press series that include "The Great American Paperback" and individual volumes on fantasy, horror and science fiction. Essentially, this is a collection of book covers, movie posters, and other visual representations of crime and mystery media from the 1800's to today. "The History of Mystery" is a visual treasure for anyone interested in the genre, and Max Allan Collins' text provides a nice overview of crime and mystery authors and publishing. The only drawback is the same as in all of the Collectors Press books in this series: in many cases the images slightly overlap, with one cutting off a portion of the other. It's not bad enough to ruin the pleasure of the book, but allowing each image to be seen without obstruction would have been a better choice. Highly recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
My wife was working as a buyer for a bookstore when she noticed this title in a catalog and knew it was something special I would instantly be drawn to. As a late Valentine, it was perfect, and I must say I am quite pleased with the almost museum-like quality and presentation of this book. From the first ever real American P.I. to modern films, quirky heroes, and comic books, Max Collins manages to cover every base of the detective mystery genre. The historical bits are not boring at all, but often amusing as is the fantastic selection of cover art from pulp magazines through trading cards and television promo art. A slightly tongue-in cheek tribute to a slightly tongue-in cheek style of writing by one of mystery's biggest fans and best contributers, well worth every penny!
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Format: Hardcover
Even more lavish is Max Allan Collins' History Of Mystery, which combines an appreciation for pulp detective fiction art covers to insights on the mystery writing genre's many visions; from its pulp fiction to comic books and fiction writings. Fans of either mystery writing or pulp fiction art will relish this lavish display with its color reproductions of covers.
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By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 7 2002
Format: Hardcover
Who loves a mystery? Everyone! So, chances are this mystery art book will have wide appeal. Studded with 375 compelling full-color images "The History Of Mystery" takes a magnifying glass to this popular genre opening with Edgar Allan Poe, "Murders In The Rue Morgue," and his unforgettable sleuth, Dupin. Then the author pins down detective stories and film noir before revealing the memoirs of the real Allan Pinkerton.
Along the way numerous clues emerge regarding the works of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Ross MacDonald, Erle Stanley Gardner, Rex Stout, Dorothy B. Sayers, Robert B. Parker, and other lesser known but nonetheless capable writers.
Where else would we learn that Erle Stanley Gardner passed the bar in 1911 without ever attending law school or that as a child Mickey Spillane loved to scare other kids by telling frightening stories?
Illustrations include comic strips, pulp fiction covers, and portraits of our favorites - Dick Tracy, Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe as well as their peers from across the pond - Sherlock Holmes, Mrs. Marple and Hercule Poirot.
Collins brings his record sheet up to the present with some fascinating female writers of modern mysteries - Sara Peretsky, Marcia Miller, Patricia Cornwell.
Loaded with little known facts, dramatic data, and startling information "The History Of Mystery" gives comprehensive coverage to the ever intriguing field of crime fiction.
- Gail Cooke
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Format: Hardcover
Ever heard the term "hours of fun?" Well, this thing just keeps going!
One of the magnificent Collectors Press editions, this handsome, heavy hardbound is a well stocked know-it-all's guide to anything shamus.
Collins did a couple of other books for them, too, and I have a couple of them so, by weird chance, when he was in town a few years ago doing other signings, I got to meet him. Seated at his right was Del Close, founder of Second City; standing nearby were EVENT COMICS publisher Laurie Braddach and writer Howard Johnson, and they all made me feel very welcome to hang around. Thus, I got to know collins' stuff.
Being a mystery writer, Max has a good handle on the genre,
but this is a real show-off book. If you can get a used price, grab it! In Chicago, they blew out of the local bookstore at Christmas.
Kudos to these guys!
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