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text 2017-09-11 21:22
I love my library.

And I think it likes me, too.

 

 

 

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review 2013-09-08 00:00
Paperback Confidential: Crime Writers of the Paperback Era - Brian Ritt Oh, my, word! I think Brian Ritt wrote this book for me. (And Mantan, I'm sure.)

And I can thank Mantan, thank you, Mantan, for clueing me in on its existence. It was just published in March. (2013)

I love what I call "the backstory" including bios of the writers who I love reading and especially, other writers who influenced their writing.

This book is a keeper and one that goes on my shelf with The Black Mask Stories, Mystery in the Sunshine State, Crime Fiction & Film in the Sunshine State--Florida Noir, Pulp Masters and Miami Noir. Have a few more, but can't think of them right now.

I have found so many authors I want and need to read that I'm feeling everything else is going to be left behind.

The intro by Ritt was chocked full of information about hard cover books, paperbacks, slicks and a few others with new information for my brain where I compartmentalize everything noir and hard-boiled.

Also (and prior to the intro) Rick Ollerman wrote a history of how the paperbacks came about with this book covering from the 1940's to the 1960's. Such a great and colorful history of this genre which I love so much.

It's my 'go-to' book for writers of hard-boiled and noir and man, oh, man, I've had a ball reading it.

Some tidbits:

James Cain of The Postman Always Rings Twice fame, wanted to be an opera singer. Glad that one didn't work out.

Malcolm Braly, an ex-con, received the Edgar for his first novel Felon Tank published in 1961. Is first three novels were written while in prison.
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review 2013-05-07 00:00
Crime Writers Reference Guide
Crime Writers Reference Guide - Martin Roth Often seems to slip into being a list of terms rather than a collection of suggestions, but a good start and sparks some ideas.
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review 2010-10-22 00:00
The Lineup - Robert B. Parker,Colin Dexter,Jeffery Deaver,Jonathan Kellerman,Anne Perry,Alexander McCall Smith,Otto Penzler,Robert Crais,John Lescroart,Lincoln Child,Michael Connelly,Douglas Preston,John Harvey,John Connolly,Laura Lippman,Stephen Hunter,Carol O'Connel What a great book! 20 mystery writers talk about their most famous characters. Really loved Anne Perry's and Laura Lippman's stories, and can't wait to read many of these authors for the first time.
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review 2010-02-20 00:00
The Lineup: The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives
The Lineup - Robert B. Parker,Colin Dexter,Jeffery Deaver,Jonathan Kellerman,Anne Perry,Alexander McCall Smith,Otto Penzler,Robert Crais,John Lescroart,Lincoln Child,Michael Connelly,Douglas Preston,John Harvey,John Connolly,Laura Lippman,Stephen Hunter,Carol O'Connel A great recurring character in a series you love becomes an old friend. You learn about their strange quirks and their haunted pasts and root for them every time they face danger. But where do some of the most fascinating sleuths in the mystery and thriller world really come from?What was the real-life location that inspired Michael Connelly to make Harry Bosch a Vietnam vet tunnel rat? Why is Jack Reacher a drifter? How did a brief encounter in Botswana inspire Alexander McCall Smith to create Precious Ramotswe? In THE LINEUP, some of the top mystery writers in the world tell about the genesis of their most beloved characters--or, in some cases, let their creations do the talking.I'm always fascinated by how an author comes up with a story so this was just the book for me. Perhaps the most interesting information was in the Introduction where Otto Penzler explains how this book came about. In searching for a way to bring income to his sinking bookstore he hired authors to write essays and stories that he sold in limited editions. Since they were extremely successful he decided to combine them into one book and make them available to everyone. I'm so glad he did!I'm not familiar with all of these twenty-two authors' work but I have read many of them. These stories are filled with creative and interesting tidbits about themselves and their characters. I'm always curious to hear more about Lee Childs, Jeffrey Deaver, Jonathan Kellerman and Laura Lippman among others.My hubby was thrilled to hear that David Morrell, the author of First Blood, was inspired to write his story about John Rambo the Vietnam war vet, after teaching at Penn State University in the 70s. Although the story isn't set in Pennsylvania, a small town near the university is the model for the town in the book. Since my hubby is from that small town he was thrilled to hear the news! He had to watch the movie, and it's two sequels, all over again and he was convinced that in the opening scene he saw the bridge that he rode his bike across as a kid. Well, he didn't really believe it since I pointed it out to him time and time again that the movie setting was only inspired by the town but hey, a guy can dream. And what a cool story!If you're a fan of mysteries you might be interested in this collection too. And if you're lucky, you may just find your own brush with fame within the pages.Thank you to Hatchette Books for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
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