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Crime Classics

The Mystery Story from Poe to the Present
A non fiction book by

With its high stakes and uncertain outcome, the mystery tale is the most popular form of fiction in the United States. Crime Classics presents spellbinding works by such masters as Edgar Allen Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, Dashiell Hammett, Dorothy Sayers, and Agatha Christie, as well as delightful gems from less familiar writers like Cornell Woolrich and intriguing tales by authors not usually associated with mystery writing - Flannery O'Connor, Jorge Luis Borges, and William Faulkner.

Burns and Sullivan introduce the anthology by tracing the history of the genre and providing a biography of each author. Mystery stories demand superb craftsmanship and attention to detail; these enticing pieces combine fine writing, inventive plots, and challenges that readers will find irresistible.

"Crime Classics lives up to its name, collecting outstanding stories as entertaining as they are worthy of literary note." - Los Angeles Reader


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Hardback Editions

November 1990 : USA Hardback

Title: Crime Classics: The Mystery Story from Poe to the Present
Author(s): Rex Burns, Mary Rose Sullivan
ISBN: 0-670-83207-3 / 978-0-670-83207-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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Paperback Editions

November 1991 : UK Paperback

Title: Crime Classics: The Mystery Story from Poe to the Present
Author(s): Rex Burns
ISBN: 0-14-013128-0 / 978-0-14-013128-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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