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Product Details

  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (May 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195370716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195370713
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.9 x 5.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
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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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I'm excited to have two new books published in 2010: A New Omnibus of Crime, which I co-edited with the late Tony Hillerman, and my first mystery novel, Front Page Teaser, which follows the adventures of gutsy Boston tabloid reporter Liz Higgins. While A New Omnibus of Crime is an anthology that celebrates the best of the last 75 years in mystery writing, Front Page Teaser is a love song to the news-reporting life, a tribute to librarians, and a celebration of Boston's lively Irish pub/Celtic music scene. It also takes a look at how the way we write and headline the news colors the public's understanding of it. In our edgy contemporary world, it is also shows how people who pre-judge one another often get into deep trouble. May I add, that there is plenty of humor in Front Page Teaser, along with these more thought-provoking themes. Much action is set in scenes that will be familiar to Bostonians and residents of some other Massachusetts cities and towns -- and some action is set during Christmastime.

As the Edgar Award-nominated editor in chief of The Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing, as a book reviewer, and as the editor of a number of mystery anthologies, it is quite a thrill, with Front Page Teaser, to add "mystery writer" to my credentials as "mystery editor," "mystery scholar," and "mystery critic."

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Smita Rao on March 31, 2006
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!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John R. Lindermuth VINE VOICE on January 14, 2007
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel Valjan on November 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Editors Tony Hillerman and Rosemary Herbert and Contributing Editors Sue Grafton and Jeffrey Deaver put together a new collection of crime fiction – the “new” is a tip of the hat out of respect for Dorothy L. Sayers, who had edited previous omnibuses and no slouch in the genre herself, with her Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey creations.

There is a little something for everyone here and the stories almost flow in chronological order of publication. I do think that you’ll see how tastes have changed – exposition versus dialog (note slang) – but the meat and potatoes of excellent storytelling are all here.

Fast note: I knew of Frederic Brown as a sci-fi writer, so I was surprised to see him here. The Elmore Leonard story was the late author’s favorite of his short stories. I liked all of them for different reasons, but Chandler’s “Red Wind” is a knockout. Hillerman points to the late James Crumley as a Chandler successor, with respect to use of language.

You can’t go wrong with this collection.

Dorothy L. Sayers: The Man Who Knew How
Dashiell Hammett: The Girl with the Silver Eyes
Raymond Chandler: Red Wind
Frederic Brown: The Wench Is Dead
Ross Macdonald: Gone Girl (Is this where Gillian Flynn got her title?)
Margaret Millar: The Couple Next Door
Dorothy Salisbury Davis: By The Scruff of the Soul
Julian Symons: Flowers That Bloom in the Spring
Patricia Highsmith: Woodrow Wilson’s Necktie
Ruth Rendall: Loopy
P.D. James: Great Aunt Allie’s Fly Papers
Tony Hillerman: First Lead Gasser
Tony Hillerman: Chee’s Witch
Donald E.
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