From Arthur Conan Doyle to Robert Parker to James Patterson, from In Cold Blood to Silence of the Lambs, crime literature seems to feed an insatiable appetite that has not diminished across the years. But with so much to chose from, how does a fan find that next favorite author?
More than 600 crime titles are described and organized according to popular reading interests.
Welcome to the dark side of the crime genre, where creeps and psychopaths dominate and the good guys don't always win. Award winning librarian Gary Warren Niebuhr organizes and describes more than 600 crime titles according to popular reading tastes. He adopts the premise that, as in mystery, character is the defining appeal characteristic of these books, but the characters are of a different sort.
Books are arranged in three broad categories—"professional criminals," "caught up in crime," and "criminal detectives." Within these chapters, titles are organized in sections on the mob, serial killers, white-collar crime, criminals on the run, victims, cops-gone-bad, rogues, and more. True Crime is separated from fictional works. Annotations give brief plot summaries, noting the special appeal of the characters involved to help anyone find the perfect book.
• Describes and organizes more than 600 titles according to popular reading interests
• Is thoroughly indexed according to title, author, subject, locations, and character
• Includes brief biographical information as part of the author index
• Includes an “Introduction to Crime Literature”
• Presents the first readers' advisory guide devoted to both fiction and nonfiction crime literature
• Written by an award-winning librarian