- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Rough Guides; 1 edition (7 Jun. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1843536544
- ISBN-13: 978-1843536543
- Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 1.5 x 16 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction (Rough Guides Reference Titles) Paperback – 7 Jun 2007
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About the Author
Barry Forshaw reviews crime fiction for The Independent and The Express, and edits Crime Time magazine
Top Customer Reviews
Each chapter recommends and reviews a selection of crime novels (over 200 in total) and there are the usual Rough Guide boxes and sidebars on related areas such as films, author profiles and crime genres. The chapters are organised thematically and range from the origins of crime fiction (Edgar Allan Poe, Conan Doyle) and the 'golden age' (Christie, Allingham, Sayers) through hard-boiled (Chandler, Hammett, Thompson) to more contemporary genres such as police procedural, espionage, serial killers, organized crime etc. The reviews maintain a fine balance between criticism and enthusiasm and cleverly avoid the 'spoiler' pitfalls of revealing too much plot.
The book is much stronger on contemporary writers and most of the selections are books published in the last 30 years so if you want lots of recommendations for 'classic' golden age novels then you would be better served looking elsewhere. Despite the focus on the contemporary, the book has several flaws - it is fairly weak on foreign fiction despite there being one chapter devoted to this and contains nothing on important writers such as Jean-Patrick Manchette, Peter Hoeg, Jo Nesbo, Ake Edwardson, Janwillem van de Wetering, Manuel Vazquez Montalban, Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza, Massimo Carlotto, Jose Carlos Somoza etc. There are also a number of important contemporary writers who are also absent (the outstanding John Franklin Bardin, Don Winslow, Jonathan Lethem, Christopher Fowler, Andrew Vachss, Jeff Lindsay, Reginald Hill, Ken Bruen, Shane Stevens etc).Read more ›
The attraction of thse reference works is the pitching of ones own opinions against the author. This extends to the classification of some 'crime' writers as well as the Amazon-review-size comments on individual books.
If you are thinking of buying this please note Mr Forshaw's own Introductory comments, 'It covers everything.....although a larger emphasis is placed on contemporary writers'. This is an understatement. The real appeal of this book is for those interested in the last decade. As such, this 2007 edition could already do with a reprint if it is to continue to play to its strengths.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This takes the detective/crime genre and selects authors and books considered best in category. Makes you want to read the titles listed. Fairly thorough.Published on 15 Jan. 2013 by sally seagull
This book came up as part of a selection at my local library's crime readers group. I found it very interesting reading and am tempted to buy a secondhand copy for reference. Read morePublished on 1 Feb. 2012 by B. Montford