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New Omnibus of Crime

ISBN-10: 0195370716
ISBN-13: 9780195370713
Edition: 2009
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Description: This fantastic new collection picks up where Dorothy L. Sayers' landmark 1929 anthology The Omnibus of Crime left off, bringing together monumental, important, and entertaining works of short crime fiction published over eight decades from the era  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/28/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 412
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

This fantastic new collection picks up where Dorothy L. Sayers' landmark 1929 anthology The Omnibus of Crime 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 years 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 in this collection 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. A New Omnibus of Crime is a marvelous achievement that brings together some of the greatest crime and mystery short fiction ever collected. Showcasing the work of such revered authors as Dashiell Hammett, P.D James, Ross Macdonald, Sara Paretsky, Ruth Rendell, and Elmore Leonard, it is a definitive volume that will be treasured by all fans of the genre. "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." --Robert B. Parker, author of Cold Service and Resolution "This recent anthology boldly evokes the title of Dorothy Sayers's classic anthology of 1920. The editors aim to showcase the work of the four-score-and-seven years since. Here you'll find the whole gamut, from the tough-guy patter of hard-boiled Raymond Chandler ('He looked tough, but he looked as if he thought he was a little tougher than he was') to the more decorous detection practiced by Miss Sayers." --David Lehman, Wall Street Journal "The best and most satisfying mystery bargain to come along in years. It will give readers countless hours of pleasure and surprise in one volume." --Cleveland Plain Dealer "Not a clunker in the bunch.... There have been numerous collections since [Dorothy L. Sayers'], but until now, none has had the depth, intelligence and chutzpah to call itself A New Omnibus of Crime." --Bloomberg News "Catch this Omnibus." --Booklist

As a journalist, Hillerman has worked for newspapers in Oklahoma and for UPI. He has been a political reporter in Santa Fe, a professor of journalism and chair of the journalism department at the University of New Mexico, and assistant to the president of that university. The American Southwest and its landscape and peoples, particularly the Navajo, are the focus for many of Hillerman's mysteries. He hopes that people learn more about Native Americans and their cultures by reading his books, and he draws upon their many traditions and stories for his novels. Thus, as people read Hillerman's work, they are learning about another culture and history as well as enjoying a finely crafted mystery. His two detectives---Officer Jim Chee and Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn---first came together in Skinwalkers (1987). Tony Hillerman's many honors include the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar & Grand Master awards, the Silver Spur Award for best novel set in the West, & the Navajo tribe's Special Friend Award. His best-selling novels include "The First Eagle", "The Fallen Man", & "Finding Moon".

Introduction
The Man Who Knew How
The Girl with the Silver Eyes
The Wench Is Dead
Gone Girl
The Couple Next Door
By the Scruff of the Soul
Flowers That Bloom in the Spring
Woodrow Wilson's Necktie
Loopy
Great Aunt Allie's Fly Papers
First Lead Gasser
Chee's Witch
Breathe Deep
Rumpole and the Bubble Reputation
A Poison That Leaves No Trace
Photo Finish
The Crime of Miss Oyster Brown
Red Clay
Barking at Butterflies
Running Out of Dog
Hostages
When the Women Come Out to Dance
The Hanged Man
The Holly and the Poison Ivy
Copycat
He Loved to Go for Drives with His Father
Credits
Index

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