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  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA; Reprint edition (12 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195370716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195370713
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 2.3 x 13.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,099,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a collection that will satisfy the devotees of crime writing and bring others to join their ranks. (Gazette & Herald)

The collection is sufficiently international in scope to offer something unique. (Sunday Business Post)

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Tony Hillerman was a widely celebrated writer of mystery novels and former president of the Mystery Writers of America. Rosemary Herbert has reviewed crime writing widely and she is the editor of numerous crime fiction anthologies as well as The Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs W Waugh on 18 Sept. 2012
Format: Hardcover
A very good anthology.good and interesting crimes,well written by all of the seasoned authors,who contributed to If you like collecting anthologies try this one.......
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By js on 1 April 2013
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Bought this for a literary group title - a reasonable span of styles and periods. good for anyone starting to be interested in crime writing
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Delicious selection of page-turners 31 Mar. 2006
By Smita Rao - Published on
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!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An Impressive Collection 14 Jan. 2007
By John R. Lindermuth - Published on
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Like a gateway drug to crime fiction 1 Nov. 2014
By Gabriel Valjan - Published on
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. Westlake: Breathe Deep
John Mortimer: Rumpole and the Bubble Reputation
Sue Grafton: A Poison That Leaves No Trace
Sara Paretsky: Photo Finish
Peter Lovesey: The Crime of Miss Oyster Brown
Michael Malone: Red Clay
Ed McBain: Barking at Butterflies
James Crumley: Hostages
Elmore Leonard: When the Women Come Out to Dance
Ian Rankin: The Hanged Man
Catherine Aird: The Holly and the Poison Ivy
Jeffrey Deaver: Copycat
Alexander McCall Smith: He Loved to Go for Drives with His Father
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Read and Overview of the Genre 9 Sept. 2008
By Marti Dolata - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Title says it all. I especially enjoyed seeing how the conventions of the genre have changed over the years, and was pleased at how well represented women writers were. Not a dud in the book, but lots of variety, and new authors to check out.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
short story anthology for criminal detection 29 Sept. 2011
By Richard H. Williams - Published on
Format: Paperback
In 1928 the well-known writer of criminal detection, Dorothy Sayers, edited a collection of short stories that summarized the state of detective mystery writing. The present work, edited by Tony Hillerman and Rosemary Herbert, "A New Omnibus of Crime," can be viewed as an updating of the short story omnibus by Sayers. Each story of this version is prefaced by an introduction to the author, including a list of the author's main publications. This book in hardback is attractive with the following quotation by Robert B. Parker on the front cover: "...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."

The impetus in the earlier version was more on plot than on characterization, whereas the present book reverses this stress, although plot is not neglected. This volume start off in high fashion with stories by luminaries such as Dorothy Sayers, Dashiell Hammett, and Raymond Chandler.It also contains works by highly successful present day writers such as Ed McBain and Elmore Leonard. Writers less well-known to the reader will be found interesting and imaginative. One of the nice features of this collection is the great variety of genres, settings, diabolical twists, and character developments shown in the stories.
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