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The Lineup: The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives

by Otto Penzler (Editor)

Other authors: Ken Bruen (Contributor), Lee Child (Contributor), Lincoln Child (Contributor), Michael Connelly (Contributor), John Connolly (Contributor)17 more, Robert Crais (Contributor), Jeffery Deaver (Contributor), Colin Dexter (Contributor), John Harvey (Contributor), Stephen Hunter (Contributor), Faye Kellerman (Contributor), Jonathan Kellerman (Contributor), John Lescroart (Contributor), Laura Lippman (Contributor), David Morrell (Contributor), Carol O'Connell (Contributor), Robert B. Parker (Contributor), Ridley Pearson (Contributor), Anne Perry (Contributor), Douglas Preston (Contributor), Ian Rankin (Contributor), Alexander McCall Smith (Contributor)

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Shares the stories behind the creations of many of the mystery genre's most popular characters, revealing the inspirations for such examples as Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch and Alexander McCall Smith's Precious Ramotswe.

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Loved this! Was fun hearing authors I already knew discussing their characters, and I discovered so many authors who weren't on my radar. First heard of Ken Bruen and Jack Taylor here and have since read everything I've been able to find. ( )
  Shelda17 | Feb 10, 2017 |
This book for me was a introduction for me to some writers I have not read. It was good to get some insight into the creative process and fun to compare. Many of the writers are boomers like me so the dream of getting published someday still lives. This book underscored for me that I will never be able to read all the books I would like to read in my lifetime. This is a blow to the kid who wanted to read every book in the library. I started this book being guilty that I was not familiar with a lot of this authors, but I finished the book with renewed respect for the writing process and the sacrifices writers make for their art. I walk away with a list of books and authors I want to read, which is all any editor wants. Like any group of creative people each author's approach was different and some were more successful than others, but overall it was interesting. Three stars. ( )
  4cebwu | Apr 21, 2011 |
Not so impressive. Reading works from those authors are far more interesting. ( )
  zhoud2005 | May 10, 2010 |
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[Penzler] lined up some of the most famous mystery novelists around and asked them for 10-page riffs about their best-known characters. Those essays have been collected in “The Lineup,” an exciting omnibus volume that has widespread appeal and adds up to much, much more than the sum of its parts.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Penzler, OttoEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bruen, KenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Child, LeeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Child, LincolnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Connelly, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Connolly, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crais, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Deaver, JefferyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dexter, ColinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harvey, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hunter, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kellerman, FayeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kellerman, JonathanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lescroart, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lippman, LauraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morrell, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Connell, CarolContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Parker, Robert B.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pearson, RidleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Perry, AnneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Preston, DouglasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rankin, IanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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The following characters (and their creators) are featured in this collection:

Jack Taylor by Ken Bruen
Jack Reacher by Lee Child
Hieronymus Bosch by Michael Connelly
Charlie Parker by John Connolly
Elvis Cole and Joe Pike by Robert Crais
Lincoln Rhyme by Jeffery Deaver
Inspector Morse by Colin Dexter
Charlie Resnick by John Harvey
Bob Lee Swagger by Stephen Hunter
Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus by Faye Kellerman
Alex Delaware by Jonathan Kellerman
Dismas Hardy by John Lescroart
Tess Monaghan by Laura Lippman
Rambo by David Morrell
Mallory by Carol O'Connell
Spenser by Robert B. Parker
Lou Boldt by Ridley Pearson
Charlotte and Thomas Pitt by Anne Perry
Aloysius X. L. Pendergast by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
John Rebus by Ian Rankin
Precious Ramotswe by Alexander McCall Smith
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