Blood, Bedlam, Bullets, and Badguys

A Reader's Guide to Adventure/Suspense Fiction

by Michael B. Gannon


This comprehensive guide of over 2,000 annotations addresses the adventure and suspense fiction genre and its subgenres and includes titles published between 1941 and 2004.

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February 2004

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 400
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Reference and Information Services and Tools/Readers' Advisory and Leisure Reading
  Reference and Information Services and Tools/Arts and Humanities Literature Reference Tools

Hooked on adventure and suspense fiction? This comprehensive guide of over 2,000 annotations addresses the genre and its subgenres and includes titles published between 1941 and 2004. Each annotation describes and evaluates the best and most popular titles in the genre indicating the titles that are highly recommended and providing icons denoting the books that have been turned into films. A concise history and detailed guidelines for advising readers are included, along with subgenre definitions and related critical literature. Indexes let readers browse and search by author and title, subject, main character, page-turner, and works-to-film. Grades 6-Adult.

Series Description

Genreflecting Advisory Series

Significantly expanded and updated, the titles in this highly acclaimed series are designed to help you quickly locate the kind of fiction your library patrons are looking for. Each title includes the latest reads and reading trends within a genre and identifies subgenres, similar titles, read-alikes, and relevant online resources. Annotations describe and evaluate the best, the most popular, and the most representative books in a genre, noting special features of the works and referencing or comparing them to related publications. Brief historical overviews, award information, section tabs for quick reference, and practical guidelines for advising readers are just some of the features you will find in these useful guides. Designed for easy access, these books are compact enough to be carried into the stacks and simple enough to be used by general readers. Essential for readers' advisory and ready-reference, they are also excellent tools for acquisitions and collection development.
Table of Contents

Introduction: Definition, Brief History and Appeal of Adventure/SuspenseSubgenres"Licensed to Kill"Spies & Secret AgentsWhat Else Can Go WrongDisasters"War is Hell"Military FictionMan, Woman and MachineTechnothrillers"Order in the Court!"Legal ThrillersThe Buck Stops HereMaking a Killing in the World of Big Business and High FinanceStalking the Predators. Maniacs, Murderers, Psychopaths and Serial Killers"Dr. Frankenstein, I Presume": Science Gone AwryFrom the Ridiculous to the SublimePolitical and Religious ThrillersThings That Go Bump in the NightAdventures in the Alien and ParanormalLocales and ThemesOn the High SeasSea AdventuresFrom the Ashes of the Third ReichNazisLand of the Silken DragonAsiaCommunist Comrades and Capitalist CriminalsRussiaExploding SandsThe Middle EastMale Heroic Adventure Series (Paperback Originals)Professional ResourcesAppendix A: Film & Television Movie VersionsAppendix B: Authors for the Core CollectionsGlossaryAuthor/Title IndexSubject/Character Index



[A]n important addition to the growing range of readers' advisory handbooks....a necessary purchase.—Library Journal

Anyone working with teens who need suggestions of new suspense and thriller authors will find this resource useful.—VOYA Clueless?

Readers and librarians alike will find it a helpful tool in locating more books with similar plots, characters, locales, and settings to books previously read.—Reference reviews

Youth librarians will find plenty of titles here to recommend for teens.—VOYA

With each volume, the Genreflecting Advisory Series becomes more valuable. ^IBlood, Bedlam, Bullets, and Badguys^R is an essential tool for public libraries.—Booklist/Mystery Reference Shelf

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