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A New Omnibus of Crime [Paperback]

Tony Hillerman , Rosemary Herbert
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12 Aug 2010
This fantastic new collection picks up where Dorothy L. Sayers left off, bringing together monumental, important,and entertaining works of short crime fiction published over eight decades from the era of the Great Depression to the first uears of the twenty-first century. In lively introductory essays, celebrated crime writer Tony Hillerman and critic Rosemary Herbert place each story in the context of the author's work and the genre's literary history. Their extraordinary collection is international in scope and emphasizes the most exciting styles and voices, rather than taking a typical decade-by-decade approach. As a result A New Omnibus of Crime is packed with page-turning, engaging, and spine-tingling selections. Stories include Patricia Highsmith's "Woodrow Wilson's Necktie," Sue Grafton's "A Poison That Leaves No Trace," and many more, including never-before-published works from Jefferey Deaver, Catherine Aird, and Alexander McCall Smith.

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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: 2.3 x 13.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 802,232 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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3.0 out of 5 stars does what it says on the cover 1 April 2013
By js
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A good anthology 18 Sep 2012
By Gamer
A very good anthology.good and interesting crimes,well written by all of the seasoned authors,who contributed to it.so If you like collecting anthologies try this one.......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious selection of page-turners 31 Mar 2006
By Smita Rao - Published on Amazon.com
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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5.0 out of 5 stars An Impressive Collection 14 Jan 2007
By John R. Lindermuth - Published on Amazon.com
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read and Overview of the Genre 9 Sep 2008
By Marti Dolata - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars short story anthology for criminal detection 29 Sep 2011
By Richard H. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars very good----2005 21 Feb 2013
By BbP - Published on Amazon.com
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A NEW OMNIBUS OF CRIME (tony hillerman/rosemary
herbert/sue grafton and jeffery deaver.)434pgs..2005
...27 SHORT stories...27 authors..an anththology.

NOTE--the type omnibus has been published for 70 yrs plus.
Original one published by DOROTHY SAYERS.

** BE ADVISED THE PRINT IS very small..I had a hard time
reading this book **.


^^the effects of crime linger like a stain.^^

Note=Tony Hillerman died several year ago--I MISS HIM..

bette 63 okc ok retired
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