|Imprint: Libraries Unlimited|
|Publication Date: 01/2011|
|Size: 6 1/8x9 1/4|
|Format|| ||Price|| ||ISBN-13|
|Paper|| ||$40.00|| ||978-1-59158-914-3|
A Research Guide
This invaluable resource provides information about and sources for researching 50 of the top crime genre writers, including websites and other online resources.
David Baldacci. Agatha Christie. James Lee Burke. Their works have legions of devoted fans, but what do readers really know about them? Do her fans know Christie once disappeared for 11 days? Do his readers know Burke got 93 rejection slips for his first novel? Where can one find the most up-to-date information about favorite crime writers and their books?
Crime Writers: A Research Guide is an easy-to-use launch pad for learning more about crime fiction authors, including those who write traditional mystery novels, suspense novels, and thrillers with crime elements. Emphasizing the best and most popular writers, the book covers approximately 50 contemporary authors, plus a few classics like Agatha Christie.
Each entry provides a brief quotation that gives some indication of writing style; a biographical sketch; lists of major works and awards; and research sources, including websites, biographies, criticism, and research guides. There are also read-alikes for selected authors. Of special note is the inclusion of websites and other online resources, such as blogs and social networking sites, which are often overlooked in author-reference sources. The book also provides an overview of the genre and subgenres, a timeline, and a comprehensive bibliography. An ideal resource for genre studies and literature classes, this guide will also be invaluable to readers' advisors, book club leaders, students, and genre fans.
• A timeline of major authors and events in the development of the crime fiction genre
• Read-alike sections listing other authors whose works are similar in style or theme to those of ten major authors included in the book
• Lists of major organizations and awards in the field of crime literature
• A bibliography of online and print sources for biographical and critical information about crime genre authors
• Offers research sources for 50 leading authors in the crime fiction genre, including far greater coverage of websites than other works
• Provides information about each author's biography and major awards, as well as a listing of works by that author
• Includes an overview of the crime fiction genre and a timeline of developments in the genre
• Points users to the best and most current resources available, including websites, blogs, and other online sources not often covered well in other author guides
Elizabeth Haynes, PhD, is associate professor of library and information science at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS. Haynes received her degree in library and information science from the University of Texas, Austin. She is the author of User's Guide to Sears List of Subject Headings and coauthor of Unlocking the Mysteries of Cataloging: A Workbook of Examples. Prior to coming to USM in 1998, Haynes was an employee of the El Paso Independent School District, El Paso, TX. In addition to being a lifelong reader of crime fiction, Haynes teaches a readers' advisory course for genre fiction.
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