Murder Off the Rack(1989)
Critical Studies of Ten Paperback Masters
A non fiction book by Jon L Breen and Martin H Greenberg
Mayhem for the MassesThe surge in paperback book production in the 1950s created a market for pulp-style crime fiction written by fast-fingered authors who could pound out potboilers on tight deadlines. These are the stories of ten genre pioneers whose work still packs a punch today.
Noted mystery fiction scholars analyze each author's major works and provide insight into his background, commercial success (or lack thereof), and writing style:
Marvin Lachman explores Ed Lacy's socially conscious (for the 1950s) mystery novels and his creation of memorable black detective Toussaint Marcus Moore.
Plus: Bill Crider (for Harry Whittington), former Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine columnist Jon Breen (for Vin Packer), George Kelley (for Marvin H. Albert), Ed Gorman (for Charles Williams), Will Murray (for the Executioner series), and Dick Lochte (for Warren Murphy).
Used availability for Jon Breen's Murder Off the Rack
January 1989 : USA Hardback
June 2018 : USA Paperback
June 2018 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition