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The Oxford Book of Detective Stories,9780192803719

The Oxford Book of Detective Stories

Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 12/12/2002
Publisher(s): Oxford University Press


The Oxford Book of Detective Stories is a thorough, broad, and representative collection of short stories intended to reflect the best of detective fiction from around the world. Drawing on works dating from the middle 1800s up to the present, editor Patricia Craig shows us how different nationalities have imposed their own stamp on this highly popular and relatively young literary genre. Alongside English and American fiction by such acknowledged masters as Ellery Queen, Dashiell Hammett, Erle Stanley Gardner, and Agatha Christie, we find stories by Georges Simenon, Arthur Conan Doyle, Sarah Paretsky, and Ian Rankin. The anthology roams across Europe and further afield to embrace Japan, Denmark, Holland, Italy, Argentina, Czechoslovakia, and other countries. This is a book that will delight any fan or student of detective fiction. Women detectives, police procedurals, the amateur sleuth, locked-room mysteries, and the classic or pioneering models of the genre are all represented here--and in her perceptive and inclusive introduction Craig examines the figure of the detective in international literature.

Author Biography

Patricia Craig was born and educated in Belfast before moving to London, where she now lives. She is a freelance critic and reviewer, and has edited several anthologies, including Oxford Books of Detective Stories, Ireland, English Detective Stories, and Modern Women's Stories.

Table of Contents

Missing!p. 3
The Gerrard Street Mysteryp. 20
The Adventure of the Blue Carbunclep. 43
A Mystery of the Sand-Hillsp. 62
The Bridge that Brokep. 80
A Sensible Course of Actionp. 99
Murder Makes it Worsep. 110
The Stolen Rubensp. 118
The Marshall Murderp. 128
No Crime in the Mountainsp. 147
The Case of the Irate Witnessp. 199
The Adventure of the Egyptian Tombp. 215
Death & Companyp. 228
The Macbeth Murder Mysteryp. 235
Death and the Compassp. 239
From Maigret's Memoirsp. 250
'My Queer Dean!'p. 263
The Cooperative Defendantp. 269
The Murder on the Lotus Pondp. 294
The Ravinep. 312
Bloody Windsorp. 328
The Classic Semerak Casep. 346
Arrie and Jasperp. 362
The Deadly Eggp. 378
Pit Bullp. 394
Santa-San Solves Itp. 409
Find Miriamp. 418
Divine Punishmentp. 435
An Acquaintance with Mr. Collinsp. 453
A Little Missionary Workp. 465
Body Countp. 483
Father Brown in Muncie, Indianap. 492
Dealer's Choicep. 495
Brown Eyes and Green Hairp. 510
My Brother Jackp. 529
Summer Rainp. 543
The Dean Cursep. 560
Biographical Notesp. 581
Acknowledgementsp. 585
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