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The Big Book of Rogues and Villains

The Big Book of Rogues and Villains

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Author: Penzler, Otto

Brand: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard

Color: Gold

Edition: First Edition

Number Of Pages: 928

Release Date: 24-10-2017

Details: Product Description Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler's new anthology brings together the most cunning, ruthless, and brilliant criminals in mystery fiction, for the biggest compendium of bad guys (and girls) ever assembled.       The best mysteries--whether detective, historical, police procedural, cozy, or comedy--have one thing in common: a memorable perpetrator. For every Sherlock Holmes or Sam Spade in noble pursuit, there's a Count Dracula, a Lester Leith, or a Jimmy Valentine. These are the rogues and villains who haunt our imaginations--and who often have more in common with their heroic counterparts than we might expect. Now, for the first time ever, Otto Penzler gathers the iconic traitors, thieves, con men, sociopaths, and killers who have crept through the mystery canon over the past 150 years, captivating and horrifying readers in equal measure. The 72 handpicked stories in this collection introduce us to the most depraved of psyches, from iconic antiheroes like Maurice Leblanc's Arsène Lupin and Sax Rohmer's Dr. Fu Manchu to contemporary delinquents like Lawrence Block's Ehrengraf and Donald Westlake's Dortmunder, and include unforgettable tales by Robert Louis Stevenson, Bram Stoker, Washington Irving, Jack London, H.G. Wells, Sinclair Lewis, O. Henry, Edgar Wallace, Leslie Charteris, Erle Stanley Gardner, Edward D. Hoch, Max Allan Collins, Loren D. Estleman, and many more. Review "Penzler takes what is arguably the best part of crime and mystery novels--the villains--and packs them into an encyclopedic anthology that manages to cover both Dracula and Dr. Fu Manchu. To be read through a monocle and with a sinister sneer." -- The New York Times Book Review " Rogues and Villains is a treasure chest of delightful discoveries." -- The Seattle Times " The Big Book of Rogues and Villains is stalked by a cast of the deviant crooks, creeps, criminals and con men." -- Los Angeles Times About the Author OTTO PENZLER is the editor of fifteen Vintage Crime/Black Lizard anthologies, including  The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries,  The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories, and, most recently,  The Big Book of Jack the Ripper. He lives in New York City, where he is the proprietor of the Mysterious Bookshop. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. INTRODUCTION             Mystery fiction encompasses a broad spectrum of sub-genres, although it is common for casual aficionados to focus on the detective story as the only “true” mystery. As I have often defined it, and, quite naturally, I regard it as a good and fair definition, a mystery is any work of prose fiction in which a crime or the threat of a crime is central to the theme or plot.             On a football field, the pure detective story may go from the end zone to the twenty-five yard line. The crime story, in which the central figure is a criminal of some kind, whether rogue or villain (and I’ll get to that shortly), may move the ball another twenty yards. The novel of suspense, which includes women or children in jeopardy, the everyday gone wrong, as well as tales of psychological unease and irrational behavior, whether of sociopathy or fear, will produce a long gain well past midfield, and espionage/international intrigue, will cross the goal-line. The killing of a large number of people is, of course, part of the same horrific game as the killing of an individual.             There are numerous sub-sub genres (historical mysteries, police procedurals, comedies, etc.) but they fall within the prime sub-genres, many of which also overlap: all forms may (one might say should) create suspense, spies may work as detectives to catch moles, psychopaths tend to be criminals, and their actions may well create suspense and a detective is probably hunting them, so the lines blur.             The preponderance of anthologies published in the nearly century-and-a-quarter since the first legitimate mystery anthology, the

EAN: 9780525432487

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

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