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Murderous Schemes : An Anthology of Classic Detective Stories - Donald E. Westlake

Murderous Schemes

An Anthology of Classic Detective Stories

By: Donald E. Westlake (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st February 1998
ISBN: 9780195104875
Number Of Pages: 528

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When plotting a murder (figuratively speaking), the mystery writer has at hand any number of M.O.s, including such tried and true conventions as the locked room, the unbreakable alibi, the double bluff, and the mistaken identity. Now, in Murderous Schemes, renowned mystery writers Donald E. Westlake and J. Madison Davis offer an illuminating look at eight such mystery conventions, illustrating each with four short stories written by some of the masters of the form. The resulting collection of thirty-two tales spans a hundred and fifty years of crime fiction and includes virtually every style imaginable, from the hard-boiled detective story to the cozy armchair mystery. the differences between American and British detective fiction, and they illuminate the evolution of crime writing over time. Here is a glorious treasure chest of tales that cover every crime in the book, written by a who's who of crime fiction--Edgar Allan Poe, Wilkie Collins, Arthur Conan Doyle, G. K. Chesterton, Raymond Chandler, Dorothy L. Sayers, Chester Himes, Edward D. Hoch, and Lawrence Block, to name but a few. Bringing together a century and a half of superb crime stories, Murderous Schemes is a glorious collection that will inform and delight anyone who loves mystery and mayhem.

Introductionp. 1
The Shadow of the Goatp. 9
What, No Butler?p. 27
The Leopold Locked Roomp. 40
The Man Who Read John Dickson Carrp. 59
The Secret Gardenp. 69
The Necklace of Pearlsp. 88
They Can Only Hang You Oncep. 99
Busted Blossomsp. 113
A Costume Piecep. 127
The Impossible Theftp. 143
Don't Know Much About Artp. 157
The Ultimate Caperp. 182
The Mysterious Death On the Underground Railwayp. 189
The Blue Geraniump. 206
The Adventure of Abraham Lincoln's Cluep. 221
The Affair of the Twisted Scarfp. 238
The Landladyp. 287
The Orderly World of Mr. Applebyp. 297
Bless This Housep. 316
Someday I'll Plant More Walnut Treesp. 329
"Thou Art the Man"p. 347
The Adventure of the Dying Detectivep. 362
The Master of Mysteryp. 378
The Fat Manp. 390
Midnight in Beauchamp Rowp. 403
I'll Be Waitingp. 416
The Possibility of Evilp. 432
The Secret Loverp. 443
A Jury of Her Peersp. 457
The Hands of Mr. Ottermolep. 479
Tangp. 497
Little Apple Hard to Peelp. 504
Acknowledgmentsp. 517
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780195104875
ISBN-10: 0195104870
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 1st February 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 14.53  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.68