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A New Omnibus of Crime [Paperback]

Tony Hillerman , Rosemary Herbert

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May 28 2010
This fantastic new collection picks up where Dorothy L. Sayers' landmark 1929 anthology The Omnibus of Crime left off, bringing together monumental, important, and entertaining works of short crime fiction published over eight decades from the era of the Great Depression to the first years of the twenty-first century. In lively introductory essays, celebrated crime writer Tony Hillerman and critic Rosemary Herbert place each story in the context of the author's work and the genre's literary history. Their extraordinary collection is international in scope and emphasizes the most exciting styles and voices, rather than taking a typical decade-by-decade approach. As a result A New Omnibus of Crime is packed with page-turning, engaging, and spine-tingling selections. Stories in this collection include Patricia Highsmith's "Woodrow Wilson's Necktie," Sue Grafton's "A Poison That Leaves No Trace," and many more, including never-before-published works from Jefferey Deaver, Catherine Aird, and Alexander McCall Smith. A New Omnibus of Crime is a marvelous achievement that brings together some of the greatest crime and mystery short fiction ever collected. Showcasing the work of such revered authors as Dashiell Hammett, P.D James, Ross Macdonald, Sara Paretsky, Ruth Rendell, and Elmore Leonard, it is a definitive volume that will be treasured by all fans of the genre. "Essential for anyone with more than a passing interest in detective fiction.Brilliantly assembled, and beautifully edited by people who know what they're doing." --Robert B. Parker, author of Cold Service and Resolution "This recent anthology boldly evokes the title of Dorothy Sayers's classic anthology of 1920. The editors aim to showcase the work of the four-score-and-seven years since. Here you'll find the whole gamut, from the tough-guy patter of hard-boiled Raymond Chandler ('He looked tough, but he looked as if he thought he was a little tougher thanhe was') to the more decorous detection practiced by Miss Sayers." --David Lehman, Wall Street Journal "The best and most satisfying mystery bargain to come along in years. It will give readers countless hours of pleasure and surprise in one volume." --Cleveland Plain Dealer "Not a clunker in the bunch.... There have been numerous collections since [Dorothy L. Sayers'], but until now, none has had the depth, intelligence and chutzpah to call itself A New Omnibus of Crime."--Bloomberg News "Catch this Omnibus." --Booklist

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Mystery writer Hillerman and critic Herbert (aided and abetted by Sue Grafton and Jeffery Deaver as contributing editors) draw a vivid chalk outline of the body of crime fiction since Dorothy Sayers published her overview of the genre, The Omnibus of Crime, in 1929. The goal of this anthology is to demonstrate the ways in which crime fiction has changed since Sayers' collection. The editors include mystery fiction from the 1930s through the 1970s that they consider groundbreaking (so we find Sayers herself, as well as Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Ed McBain as representative crime-fiction revolutionaries). The editors also take on the range of mystery writing since 1980, including stories by Hillerman, Ian Rankin, and Alexander McCall Smith. There are 26 stories in all, from authors around the globe, and each story is accompanied by an introduction that explains the author's style and how he or she influenced mystery writing. Catch this omnibus. Connie Fletcher
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"The best and most satisfying mystery bargain to come along in years. It will give readers countless hours of pleasure and surprise in one volume." --Cleveland Plain Dealer


"Not a clunker in the bunch...Dorothy Sayers edited a classic 1920 collection of short stories called 'The Omnibus of Crime.' There have been numerous collections since then, but until now, none has had the depth, intelligence and chutzpah to call itself 'A New Omnibus of Crime.'" --Bloomberg News


"A worthy successor to Dorothy L. Sayers's classic Omnibus of Crime (1929)." --Publishers Weekly


"Picking up where Dorothy L. Sayers's 1920 classic, The Omnibus of Crime, left off, this collection gathers works of short mystery fiction from the end of World War I to today, including pieces by Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, Dashiell Hammett, Elmore Leonard, Ruth Rendell and P.D. James." --Good Housekeeping


"A New Omnibus of Crime is essential for anyone with more than a passing interest in detective fiction. Brilliantly assembled, and beautifully edited by people who know what they're doing." --Robert B. Parker, author of Double Play and Cold Service



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5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious selection of page-turners March 31 2006
By Smita Rao - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
An unbeatable combination: Excellent mystery stories with varied flavors all packed into one beautiful hardbound book. Wish it was Christmas! Men and Women authors are well represented, both male and female protagonists are featured. The collection features all my favorite crime genres: The slick thriller, the tranquil suburban shudder, the whodunnit as well as my favorite PIs. Here is detective fiction at its best, lovingly packaged and presented. Go forth and enjoy!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Impressive Collection Jan. 14 2007
By John R. Lindermuth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Three-quarters of a century ago, Dorothy L. Sayers, the doyenne of mystery writers, assembled an anthology of work by her peers that provided an overview of the genre in 1928.

Now, Tony Hillerman and Rosemary Herbert have followed suit in providing a new anthology which seeks to do the same for mystery writing in the modern era.

Whether they have succeeded in providing a gathering equivalent to that of Miss Sayers may depend as much on personal taste of the reader as on the quality of the assembled works. That they have gathered an impressive collection of works by writers from the 1930s to the present goes without saying. The collection also illustrates the changes which have taken place in style, characterization and attitude.

The anthology begins with a gem of a story by Miss Sayers and concludes with a charming little piece written by Alexander McCall Smith especially for this volume. Hillerman, himself, is represented with two stories. There are tales by many familiar names and I was pleased to be introduced to a few writers new to me who will now be added to my reading list.

This is a volume worthy of any mystery-lover's bookshelf.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read and Overview of the Genre Sept. 9 2008
By Marti Dolata - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Title says it all. I especially enjoyed seeing how the conventions of the genre have changed over the years, and was pleased at how well represented women writers were. Not a dud in the book, but lots of variety, and new authors to check out.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars short story anthology for criminal detection Sept. 28 2011
By Richard H. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In 1928 the well-known writer of criminal detection, Dorothy Sayers, edited a collection of short stories that summarized the state of detective mystery writing. The present work, edited by Tony Hillerman and Rosemary Herbert, "A New Omnibus of Crime," can be viewed as an updating of the short story omnibus by Sayers. Each story of this version is prefaced by an introduction to the author, including a list of the author's main publications. This book in hardback is attractive with the following quotation by Robert B. Parker on the front cover: "...essential for anyone with more than a passing interest in detective fiction. Brilliantly assembled, and beautifully edited by people who know what they're doing."

The impetus in the earlier version was more on plot than on characterization, whereas the present book reverses this stress, although plot is not neglected. This volume start off in high fashion with stories by luminaries such as Dorothy Sayers, Dashiell Hammett, and Raymond Chandler.It also contains works by highly successful present day writers such as Ed McBain and Elmore Leonard. Writers less well-known to the reader will be found interesting and imaginative. One of the nice features of this collection is the great variety of genres, settings, diabolical twists, and character developments shown in the stories.
5.0 out of 5 stars very good----2005 Feb. 21 2013
By BbP - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A NEW OMNIBUS OF CRIME (tony hillerman/rosemary
herbert/sue grafton and jeffery deaver.)434pgs..2005
...27 SHORT stories...27 authors..an anththology.

NOTE--the type omnibus has been published for 70 yrs plus.
Original one published by DOROTHY SAYERS.

** BE ADVISED THE PRINT IS very small..I had a hard time
reading this book **.

..STORIES ARE MIXED...SOME WILL INSPIRE LAUGHTER WHILE
OTHERS WILL INCITE CHILLS..

^^the effects of crime linger like a stain.^^

Note=Tony Hillerman died several year ago--I MISS HIM..
I HAVE ALL HIS BOOKS. Tony was from OKLAHOMA!

bette 63 okc ok retired
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