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Murderous Schemes: An Anthology of Classic Detective Stories (1996)

by Donald E. Westlake (Editor, Introduction & Contributor), J. Madison Davis (Consulting Editor), International Association of Crime Writers

Other authors: Lawrence Block (Contributor), Christianna Brand (Contributor), Simon Brett (Contributor), William Brittain (Contributor), Fredric Brown (Contributor)24 more, Thomas Burke (Contributor), John Dickson Carr (Contributor), Raymond Chandler (Contributor), G.K. Chesterton (Contributor), Agatha Christie (Contributor), Roald Dahl (Contributor), Isak Dinesen (Contributor), Arthur Conan Doyle (Contributor), Stanley Ellin (Contributor), Susan Glaspell (Contributor), Anna Katharine Green (Contributor), Dashiell Hammett (Contributor), Chester Himes (Contributor), Edward D. Hoch (Contributor), Shirley Jackson (Contributor), Stuart M. Kaminsky (Contributor), Jack London (Contributor), Peter Lovesey (Contributor), Baroness Emmuska Orczy (Contributor), Edgar Allan Poe (Contributor), Ellery Queen (Contributor), Damon Runyon (Contributor), Dorothy L. Sayers (Contributor), Rex Stout (Contributor)

Series: International Association of Crime Writers (1996)

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Westlake, Donald E.Editor, Introduction & Contributorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davis, J. MadisonConsulting Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Writers, International Association of Crimemain authorall editionsconfirmed
Block, LawrenceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brand, ChristiannaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brett, SimonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brittain, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brown, FredricContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burke, ThomasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carr, John DicksonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chandler, RaymondContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chesterton, G.K.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Christie, AgathaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dahl, RoaldContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dinesen, IsakContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doyle, Arthur ConanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ellin, StanleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Glaspell, SusanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Green, Anna KatharineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hammett, DashiellContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Himes, ChesterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hoch, Edward D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jackson, ShirleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kaminsky, Stuart M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
London, JackContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lovesey, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Orczy, Baroness EmmuskaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Poe, Edgar AllanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Queen, ElleryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Runyon, DamonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sayers, Dorothy L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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This anthology examines eight venerable mystery conventions such as the locked-room, unbreakable alibi, double bluff, and mistaken identity. Features 32 stories from writers including Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, G. K. Chesterton, and Raymond Chandler..
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0195104870, Paperback)

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, the mistaken identity, and many others. Indeed, one of the challenges (and greatest sources of pleasure) for a mystery writer is to visit a well-known plot construction - to try their hand at "the locked room" or "the caper" - perhaps to honor a writer or story they admire, perhaps to try to top them. Now, in Murderous Schemes, renowned mystery writer Donald E. Westlake and J. Madison Davis (current president of the International Association of Crime Writers) 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.

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An anthology of detective fiction with examples of its sub-genres, armchair detective, the locked room and so on. The first is represented by Agatha Christie's In Blue Geranium, where the detective solves a crime from a conversation, the second by The Leopold Locked Room, in which a policeman is found in a locked room with his wife killed by his gun, but he didn't do it.… (more)

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