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The Lineup: The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives 1st Edition
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To search and seek out wisdom and the reason of things,
To know the wickedness of folly,
Even of foolishness and madness." -- Ecclesiastes 7:25
How many people would read about Sherlock Holmes if the stories were merely clever puzzles, rather than also being fascinating studies in character, of Holmes, Watson, the criminals, and often the victims?
Occasionally, you will bump into a terrific article where an author talks candidly about the origins of his or her detective, PI, or righter of wrongs. Those experiences leave you hungry for more.
Well, you've been blessed this year. Otto Penzler has assembled a world-class cast of authors and their characters for you to explore from the authors' perspectives. In many cases, the authors wrote new fictional material featuring their detectives (often in the form of interviews) that is some of the best writing those authors have ever done in my humble opinion.
Unless you are an omnivorous consumer of crime, detective, and police fiction, chances are that some of these characters are new to you. After you read a little about the characters and their story lines, I guarantee you'll find some great new books to read. What a delight!
The profits from the book also help keep The Mysterious Bookshop in business, where I've had all of my best signings with mystery authors.
The pieces address subjects such as how the author came to write mysteries, how the character was originally conceived, where the name came from, why the character developed in the way that she or he did, and many perspectives concerning how the author thinks about the character. It's fascinating.Read more ›
I enjoyed reading about Ken Bruen's Jack Taylor. It made him more interesting to me and now I will give his books another try. It was fun learning about Michael Connelly's childhood and where he grew up. Ever wonder how Mr. Connelly came up with the name Hieronymus Bosch...well you will just have to read about it in The Lineup. There are many authors that are new to me in this book. The Lineup became like a wish list for me of authors and their books I want to read. So if you want the inside scoop on your favorite crime authors...look no further than The Lineup.
It was interesting to read the authors viewpoints of themselves. One of them, Jonathon Kellerman, told about what a great listener he was and how much he liked to interact with readers. I met Mr. Kellerman at a Tony Hillerman Mystery Writer Conference and he was the most closed off author I have ever met. Because I am such a book nerd, I have been to many author talks and literary conferences and I have never met anyone who seemed not to care about talking to his readers. He fixed his stare above people shoulders to avoid eye contact and told one person that he didn't care what they thought of Alex's love life. He was simply one of the rudest people I'ver ever met. I haven't picked up an Alex Delaware book since. He doesn't care about his readers, I don't care about his books.
It's just an example of how enthralling it is to read about the author's point of view.
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Very interesting to discover how the greatest detectives were created by the writersPublished 12 months ago by Sophie Breault
Since this book is a collection of authors discussing their methods and how their characters came to be developed, it's hard to check the above boxes. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Barbara81
By the early 2000s, Penzler, owner of the Mysterious Bookstore in New York City, was feeling the pinch of competition from the mega-dealers (Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com). Read morePublished 21 months ago by David Keymer
As a long time mystery buff, this was a different approach and very engaging.Published 23 months ago by gail jenkins
I refer to this book for my work.
These books are details who made the story hero by famous novelists.
A lot of reading that is is necessary for the story making. Read more
Reading Line Up gives me an insight into how the main character was created. They create heros, series of main characters who come from within the author. Read morePublished on June 2, 2013 by Roger Bergman
This is an entertaining and informative read for fans of modern mystery fiction. Its a collection of articles by some of the top crime writer's in the field today. Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Jim Lester
So you've read all of this writer, or that one. What now? Try this book for samples of various detective writers work. Read morePublished on December 26, 2011 by Candace Drimmer