Monday, December 29, 2008

The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories - Tony Hillerman and Rosemary Herbert

A book tracing the evolution and changes in style of the American detective story chronlogically from Poe to the rise of the hardboiled female private investigator.

For an Oxford volume, the introduction is pretty disappointing. It is quite short, and some of it is taken up with extremely uninteresting waffling about Hillerman's career, as opposed to the subject at hand, even though he had lived through a lot of it. Should have had an editor write this.

The story selection is pretty good though, many good stories, even if none stood out as the very best to me.

Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : The Murders in the Rue Morgue - Edgar Allan Poe
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : The Stolen Cigar Case - Bret Harte
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : The Problem of Cell 13 - Jacques Futrelle
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : The Doomdorf Mystery - Melville Davisson Post
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : Missing: Page Thirteen - Anna Katharine Green
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : The Beauty Mask - Arthur B. Reeve
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : A Jury of Her Peers - Susan Glaspell
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : The False Burton Combs - Carroll John Daly
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : The Keyboard of Silence - Clinton H. Stagg
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : A Nose for News - Richard Sale
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : Spider - Mignon G. Eberhart
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : Leg Man - Erle Stanley Gardner
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : I'll Be Waiting - Raymond Chandler
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : The Footprint in the Sky [Clue in the Snow] - John Dickson Carr
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : Rear Window [It Had to Be Murder] - Cornell Woolrich
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : The Lipstick - Mary Roberts Rinehart
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : Homicide Highball - Robert Leslie Bellem
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : An Error in Chemistry - William Faulkner
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : From Another World - Clayton Rawson
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : A Daylight Adventure - T.S. Stribling
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : See No Evil [See No Murder] - William Campbell Gault
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : Crime Must Have a Stop - Anthony Boucher
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : Small Homicide - Ed McBain
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : Guilt-Edged Blonde - Ross Macdonald
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : Christmas Party [The Christmas Party Murder] - Rex Stout
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : A Matter of Public Notice - Dorothy Salisbury Davis
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : The Adventure of Abraham Lincoln's Clue - Ellery Queen
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : Words Do Not a Book Make - Bill Pronzini
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : Christmas Is for Cops - Edward D. Hoch
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : Lucky Penny - Linda Barnes
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : The Parker Shotgun - Sue Grafton
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : Chee's Witch - Tony Hillerman
Oxford Book Of American Detective Stories : Benny's Space - Marcia Muller

Dupin deduces something orange.

4 out of 5


Hemlock Jones can't find his smokes.

3.5 out of 5


Escape gear.

3.5 out of 5


Killed by the fire of heaven.

3.5 out of 5


Family duel.

3.5 out of 5


Radio pituitary.

3 out of 5


Knotty craft.

3.5 out of 5


Robber robber double dame shootout sendup witness pre-spousal save.

3.5 out of 5


The deaf dumb kid sure played a mean transvestite scam.

3.5 out of 5


Fake kidnap setup scoop.

4 out of 5


Don't like you house monkey person.

3 out of 5


Ladies, pearls and trouble.

3.5 out of 5


"I could maybe give nine guesses. And twelve of them would be right."

3.5 out of 5


Hedge underfoot.

3.5 out of 5


New floor murder view out the.

3.5 out of 5


Makeup info murder try.

3 out of 5


Top slide beanball blackmail frameup.

4 out of 5


Disguise act land deal.

3 out of 5


Medium murder misdirection ripper.

3.5 out of 5


Church crime.

2.5 out of 5


Hot rod heist recovery.

3 out of 5


Double dame disposal decision.

3.5 out of 5


Crying kid cull.

3 out of 5


Mom, I'm running out of family, here. Tell her Mr. Archer.

4 out of 5


Fake license santa disguise poison.

4 out of 5


Estranged pickup.

3 out of 5


Book collection contest.

3 out of 5


Hide punting out of the way.

3.5 out of 5


Wire decoration murder lighter.

3.5 out of 5


Cabbie change crossdressing coin collection caper.

4 out of 5


Two of a kind collector deheading.

4 out of 5


No bone grinding witness.

4 out of 5


Sister shagger sibling shooter.

4 out of 5





4 out of 5

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