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Gun in Cheek

(1982)
A Study of Alternative Crime Fiction
A non fiction book by

 
 
"This is fabulously funny stuff." - John D. MacDonald
"Bill Pronzini surveys the worst crime fiction - not just the average inferior product, but the junk classics, works that achieve a heroic degree of badness. No brief summary can do justice to Mr. Pronzini's researches." - The New York Times
Welcome to the very best of the very worst in 20th-century mystery writing. Author Bill Pronzini takes a good-natured look at the genre's "alternative classics" in a retrospective of unintentionally hilarious crime fiction. Populated by the usual private eyes, arch-villains, amateur sleuths, and femmes fatales, these tales offer uniquely amusing reading that's as memorable in its own way as the works of the great mystery writers.
In addition to their pure entertainment value, these excerpts and witty appraisals of the "worst" in mystery fiction provide a historical perspective on the development and mores of modern-day crime stories. Featured writers include not only many unsung heroes of pulp fiction but also authors who were popular in their day. Pronzini presents background on the field's subgenres and publishers as well as incisive commentary on the social attitudes reflected by the stories. Advanced and dedicated devotees will appreciate the comprehensive bibliography, which will steer them toward - or away from - these neglected gems.



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Hardback Editions

January 1982 : USA Hardback
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Title: Gun in Cheek: A Study of Alternative Crime Fiction
Author(s): Bill Pronzini
ISBN: 0-698-11180-X / 978-0-698-11180-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Coward McCann & Geoghegan
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Paperback Editions

May 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Gun in Cheek: An Affectionate Guide to the "Worst" in Mystery Fiction
Author(s): Bill Pronzini
ISBN: 0-486-81479-3 / 978-0-486-81479-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dover Publications
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March 1987 : USA Paperback
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Title: Gun in Cheek: A Study of "Alternative" Crime Fiction
Author(s): Bill Pronzini
ISBN: 0-89296-900-8 / 978-0-89296-900-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mysterious Pr
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December 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Gun in Cheek: A Study of 'Alternative' Crime Fiction
Author(s): Bill Pronzini
Publisher: Crossroad Press
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December 2011 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Gun in Cheek: A Study of 'Alternative' Crime Fiction
Author(s): Bill Pronzini
Publisher: Crossroad Press
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December 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Gun in Cheek: A Study of 'Alternative' Crime Fiction
Author(s): Bill Pronzini
Publisher: Crossroad Press
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December 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Gun in Cheek: A Study of 'Alternative' Crime Fiction
Author(s): Bill Pronzini
Publisher: Crossroad Press
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April 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Gun in Cheek: An Affectionate Guide to the "Worst" in Mystery Fiction
Author(s): Bill Pronzini
Publisher: Dover Publications
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