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.
Topic Centers

Introduction: Definition, Brief History and Appeal of Adventure/Suspense
"Licensed to Kill"Spies & Secret Agents
What Else Can Go WrongDisasters
"War is Hell"Military Fiction
Man, Woman and MachineTechnothrillers
"Order in the Court!"Legal Thrillers
The Buck Stops HereMaking a Killing in the World of Big Business and High Finance
Stalking the Predators. Maniacs, Murderers, Psychopaths and Serial Killers
"Dr. Frankenstein, I Presume": Science Gone Awry
From the Ridiculous to the SublimePolitical and Religious Thrillers
Things That Go Bump in the NightAdventures in the Alien and Paranormal
Locales and Themes
On the High SeasSea Adventures
From the Ashes of the Third ReichNazis
Land of the Silken DragonAsia
Communist Comrades and Capitalist CriminalsRussia
Exploding SandsThe Middle East
Male Heroic Adventure Series (Paperback Originals)
Professional Resources
Appendix A: Film & Television Movie Versions
Appendix B: Authors for the Core Collections
Author/Title Index
Subject/Character Index



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

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