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"To preserve the truth, we need mysteries."
— Andrei Tarkovsky


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About Noir & Hardboiled & Pulp

Hardboiled America by Geoffrey O'Brien  
"Hardboiled America: Lurid Paperbacks & The Masters of Noir" [1983]
by Geoffrey O'Brien
{ revised & re-issued in 1997 - see below }
DaCapo Press 9x6 pb [4/97] for $13.56
Hardboiled Explicator by Robert E. Skinner  "The Hardboiled Explicator: A Guide To The Study of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett & Ross Macdonald" [1985] by Robert E. Skinner
Scarecrow Press pb [9/2002] for $24.95
Scarecrow Press pb [2/85] out of print/used
BlackHat Mystery Bookstore's Raymond Chandler [1888-1959] Pages
BlackHat Mystery Bookstore's Dashiell Hammett [1894-1961] Pages
BlackHat Mystery Bookstore's Ross Macdonald [1915-83] Page
cover of original February 1940 'Dime Detective' Magazine  "The Dime Detectives" [1988]
by Ron Goulart

Mysterious Press 8¾x6 hardcover [11/88] out of print/many used
Danger Is My Business / Pulp Magazines  "Danger Is My Business: An Illustrated History of The Fabulous Pulp Magazines, 1896-1953" [1993] by Lee Server
Chronicle 11¼x8½ pb [5/93] out of print/used
Chronicle 11x8¾ hardcover [5/93] out of print/used
Pulp Culture by Woody Haut  "Pulp Culture: Hardboiled Fiction & The Cold War" [1996]
by Woody Haut

Serpents Tail 8x5½ pb [4/96] for $12.79
Mammoth Fiction edited by Maxim Jakubowski  "The Mammoth Book of Pulp Fiction" [1996]
Edited by Maxim Jakubowski

Carroll & Graf 11¼x4¾ pb [8/96] for $9.56
Hardboiled America by Geoffrey O'Brien  "Hardboiled America: Lurid Paperbacks & The Masters of Noir" [1997]
by Geoffrey O'Brien
{ revision of 1983 book above }
DaCapo Press 9x6 pb [4/97] for $13.56
The Big Book of Noir  "The Big Book of Noir" [1998]
Edited by Ed Gorman, Lee Server & Martin H. Greenberg

Carroll & Graf 10x7¼ pb [10/98] out of print/used
Neon Noir by Woody Haut  "Neon Noir: Contemporary American Crime Fiction" [1999]
by Woody Haut

Serpents Tail 8½x5 pb [4/99] for $13.59
Women Rewriting Hard-Boiled book by Priscilla Walton & Manina Jones  "Detective Agency: Women Rewriting The Hard-Boiled Tradition"
[1999] by Priscilla L. Walton & Manina Jones

Univ CA Press 9x6 pb [5/99] for $18.95
Univ CA Press 9½x6¼ hardcover [5/99] out of print/used
Sins of the City by Jim Heimann  "Sins of The City: The Real Los Angeles Noir" [1999]
by Jim Heimann

Chronicle Books 10x7½ pb [7/99] for $13.27
America Noir by David Cochran  "America Noir: Underground Writers & Filmmakers of The
Postwar Era" [2000]
by David Cochran

Smithsonian Inst. Press 9x6½ hardcover
[5/2000] for $22.36
Hard-Boiled / Working Class Readers & Pulp Magazines  "Hard-Boiled: Working Class Readers & Pulp Magazines" [2000]
by Erin A. Smith

Temple Univ Press 9x6 pb [6/2000] for $15.96
Adventure House Guide To Pulps  "Adventure House Guide To The Pulps: A Checklist of The Pulp Magazine Era" [2000]
by John Gunnison, John Locke & Doug Ellis

Adventure House pb [7/2000] out of print/used
Gumshoe America by Sean McCann  "Gumshoe America: Hard Boiled Crime Fiction & The Rise & Fall of New Deal Liberalism" [2000]
by Sean McCann

Duke Univ Press 9x6¼ pb [11/2000] for $24.95
Duke Univ Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [11/2000] for $89.95
Mammoth Action edited by Maxim Jakubowski  "The Mammoth Book of Pulp Action" [2001]
Edited by Maxim Jakubowski

Carroll & Graf 11¼x4¾ pb [12/2001] for $9.56
Bad Girls  "Bad Girls of Pulp Fiction" [2002] by Thomas Campbell
Running Press 3½x3 miniature [3/2002] for $4.95
Black & White & Noir by Paula Rabinowitz  "Black & White & Noir: America's Pulp Modernism" [2002]
by Paula Rabinowitz

Columbia Univ Press 9x6.3 pb [7/2002] for $18.50
Columbia Univ Press hardcover [7/2002] for $49.50
Hardboiled Mystery Writers edited by Matthew Bruccoli  "Hardboiled Mystery Writers: Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ross Macdonald - A Literary Reference" [2002]
Edited by Matthew Bruccoli & Richard Layman

Carroll & Graf 10x7 pb [7/2002] for $15.40
BlackHat Mystery Bookstore's Raymond Chandler [1888-1959] Pages
BlackHat Mystery Bookstore's Dashiell Hammett [1894-1961] Pages
BlackHat Mystery Bookstore's Ross Macdonald [1915-83] Page
Heartbreak & Vine by Woody Haut  
"Heartbreak and Vine: The Fate of Harboiled Writers In Hollywood"
[2003] by Woody Haut

Serpent's Tail 8½x5¼ pb [4/2003] out of print/used
Lesbian Pulp Fiction book edited by Katherine V. Forrest  "Lesbian Pulp Fiction: The Sexually Intrepid World of Lesbian Paper-back Novels, 1950-1965" [2005]
Selected & Introduction by Katherine V. Forrest

Cleis Press pb [5/2005] for $14.70
Pulp Fiction Art documentary video by Jamie McDonald  "Pulp Fiction Art: Cheap Thrills & Painted Nightmares" documentary
[indep video release 2005]

Produced, written, directed & narrated by Jamie McDonald
Kultur Intl. Video color DVD [7/2007] for $17.99
full credits at IMDb

L.A. Noir by Alain Silver  "L.A. Noir: The City As Character" [2005]
by Alain Silver & James Ursini

Santa Monica Press 8½x11 pb [10/2005] for $14.56

Hard-Boiled Masculinities book by Christopher Breu  "Hard-Boiled Masculinities" [2005] by Christopher Breu
A scholarly examination of how and why hard-boiled masculinity emerged during the unsettled times after World War I, shifting from Victorian-influenced depictions of men in top hats & mustaches to the portrayal of much more overtly violent & muscular men, moving back and forth across the divide between high and low culture in American society. Author cites examples from the works of Ernest Hemingway, Dashiell Hammett, Chester Himes, and William Faulkner, as well as many lesser-known writers of the hypermasculine 'tough-guy' pulp magazines of the 1920s and 1930s.
Univ MN Press 9x6 pb [12/2005] for $22.50
Univ MN Press hardcover [12/2005] for $60.00
Drawing Crime Noir Comics & Graphic Novels  
"Drawing Crime Noir: For Comics & Graphic Novels" [2006]
by Christopher Hart

Watson-Guptill 11x8¼ pb [7/2006] for $13.57
How To Draw Noir Comics  "How To Draw Noir Comics: The Art & Technique of Visual Storytelling"
[2007] by Shawn Martinbrough

Watson-Guptill 11x8½ pb [10/2007] for $13.57
Hard-Boiled Sentimentality book by Leonard Cassuto  "Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories" [2008] by Leonard Cassuto
Columbia Univ Press 9x6 pb [10/2008] for $27.50
Columbia Univ Press hardcover [10/2008] for $79.50
Dames, Dolls, and Gun Molls book by Jim Silke  "Dames, Dolls & Gun Molls: The Art of Robert A. Maguire" [2009]
by Jim Silke

Dark Horse 12x9 pb [6/2009] for $16.47
Dime Detective Companion book by James L. Traylor  "Dime Detective Companion" [rev 2011] by James L. Traylor
featuring articles by Monte Herridge, Marvin Lachman & Will Murray, and the 1936 multi-author short story "The Tongueless Men"
CreateSpace 9x6 pb [3/2011] for $24.95
Paperback Confidential / Crime Writers of the Paperback Era book by Brian Ritt  "Paperback Confidential: Crime Writers of The Paperback Era" [2013]
by Brian Ritt, Edited by Rick Ollerman

132 profiles of the men and women who wrote pulp mystery stories and novels from the 1920s to the 1960s, featuring Malcolm Braly, Gil Brewer, James M. Cain, Raymond Chandler, David Goodis, Brett Halliday, Dashiell Hammett, Patricia Highsmith, Elisabeth Sanxay Holding, Day Keene, Douglas Sanderson, Charles Williams, Ennis Willie, and Cornell Woolrich
Stark House Press 8¼x5¼ pb [7/2013] for $17.96
Nordic Noir Essential Guide book by Barry Forshaw  "Nordic Noir: The Pocket Essential Guide To Scandinavian Crime Fiction, Film & TV" [2013] by Barry Forshaw
Kindle Edition from Oldcastle Pocket Essentials [9/2013] for $7.99
Oldcastle Books 7¾x5 pb [9/2013] for $17.95
Euro Noir Essential Guide book by Barry Forshaw  "Euro Noir: The Pocket Essential Guide To European Crime Fiction, Film & TV"
[2014] by Barry Forshaw

Kindle Edition from Oldcastle Pocket Essentials [10/2014] for $10.49
Oldcastle Books 8x5 pb [10/2014] for $13.58
Brit Noir Essential Guide book by Barry Forshaw  "Brit Noir: The Pocket Essential Guide To The Crime Fiction, Film & TV of The British Isles - A Definitive Investigation of The Contemporary Crime Field"
[2016] by Barry Forshaw

Kindle Edition from Oldcastle Pocket Essentials [3/2016] for $9.99
Oldcastle Books 7¾x5 pb [10/2016] for $16.95

Books About Mystery Fiction
books on writing mystery fiction at Amazon

Murder for Pleasure book by Howard Haycraft  "Murder For Pleasure: The Life and Times of The Detective Story" [1941]
by Howard Haycraft

Carroll & Graf Publrs 8¼x5¼ pb [8/84] out of print/used
D. Appleton-Century Co. hardcover [1941] out of print/used
Art of the Mystery Story book by edited by Howard Haycraft  "The Art of The Mystery Story: A Collection of Critical Essays" [1946]
Edited and with a Commentary by Howard Haycraft

Carroll & Graf Publrs 8¼x5¼ pb [12/92] out of print/used
Carroll & Graf Publrs 2nd edition 8x5 pb [11/83] out of print/used
Grosset Universal Library pb [1947] out of print/used
Biblo-Moser hardcover [6/75] out of print/used
Simon & Schuster hardcover [1946] out of print/used
Sons of Sam Spade book by David Geherin  
"Sons of Sam Spade: The Private-Eye Novel In The Seventies" [1980]
by David Geherin

Continuum pb [1/83] out of print/used
Ungar hardcover [3/80] out of print/used
Gun In Cheek / Alternative Crime Fiction book by Bill Pronzini  "Gun In Cheek: A Study of Alternative Crime Fiction" [1982]
by Bill Pronzini, Introduction by Ed McBain

Mysterious Press 8x5¼ pb [3/87] out of print/50+ used
Coward, McCann & Geoghegan 8½x5¾ hardcover [1982] out of print/50+ used
Son of Gun In Cheek / Alternative Crime Fiction book by Bill Pronzini  "Son of Gun In Cheek: An Affectionate Guide To More of The
'Worst' In Crime Fiction" [1987] by Bill Pronzini

Mysterious Press 8x5 pb [9/88] out of print/used
Mysterious Press 8¼x5¾ hardcover [9/87] out of print/50+ used

100 Best Crime & Mystery Books by H. R. F. Keating  "Crime & Mystery: The 100 Best Books" [1987]
by H.R.F. Keating [1926-2011], Introduction by Patricia Highsmith

Carroll & Graf 8x5½ pb [1/97] for $9.95
Carroll & Graf hardcover [11/87] out of print/used
includes books from 1845 to 1986; first-tier authors include: Georges Simenon (3 books), Margery Allingham (2), Raymond Chandler ("High Window" & "Long Goodbye"), Agatha Christie (2), Peter Dickinson (2), Arthur Conan Doyle (2), Stanley Ellin (2), Dashiell Hammett ("Red Harvest" & "Maltese Falcon"), Patricia Highsmith (2), Michael Innes (2), P.D. James (2), Margaret Millar (2), Dorothy L. Sayers (2), Julian Symons (2), and Josephine Tey (2); second-tier authors with one book each include: John Franklin Bardin, John Bingham, Nicholas Blake, Christianna Brand, Frederic Brown, W.R. Burnett ("Asphalt Jungle"), James M. Cain ("Postman.."), John Dickson Carr, G.K. Chesterton, Wilkie Collins, Edmund
Crispin, Amanda Cross, Guy Cullingford, Dorothy Salisbury Davis, Charles Dickens, E.B. Eberhart, Helen Eustis, Elizabeth Ferrars, Joan Fleming, Nicholas Freeling, Celia Fremlin, Jacques Futrelle, Erle Stanley Gardner, Michael Gilbert, Joseph Hansen, Cyril Hare, George V. Higgins ("Friends of Eddie Coyle"), Reginald Hill, Tony Hillerman, Chester Himes, E.W. Hornung, P.M. Hubbard, Dorothy Hughes, Francis Iles, Michael Innes, C.H.B. Kitchin, Emma Lathen, Peter Lovesey, John D. MacDonald ("Green Ripper"), Ross Macdonald, J.J. Marric (John Creasey), Ngaio Marsh, Ed McBain, Helen McCloy, James McClure, Gregory McDonald ("Fletch"), William McIlvanney, Edgar Allan Poe, M.D. Post, Ellery Queen, Ruth Rendell, Mary Roberts Rinehart, George Sims, Sjöwall & Wahlöö, Shelley Smith, Rex Stout, Jim Thompson ("Pop. 1280"), June Thomson, Dorothy Uhnak, Arthur W. Upfield, John Wainwright, Edgar Wallace, Joseph Wambaugh, Colin Watson, Hillary Waugh, Donald E. Westlake, Ethel Lina White, and Cornell Woolrich

Woman Detective by Kathleen Gregory Klein  "The Woman Detective: Gender & Genre" [1988]
by Kathleen Gregory Klein

Univ IL Press 9x6 pb [2/95] for $18.95
Univ IL Press hardcover [1988] out of stock/used
A Catalogue of Crime book by Jacques Barzun & Wendell Hertig Taylor  "A Catalogue of Crime: Being A Reader's Guide To The Literature of Mystery, Detection, and Related Genres" [1989]
by Jacques Barzun & Wendell Hertig Taylor

Over 5,000 short reviews; "especially handy to have with you in a used book store".
Harper & Row 9¼x6¼ hardcover [11/89] out of print/many used
Femmes Fatales by Mary Ann Doane  "Femmes Fatales: Feminism, Film Criticism, Psychoanalysis" [1991]
by Mary Ann Doane

Routledge 9x6 pb [8/91] for $20.99
Routledge hardcover [8/91] out of print/used
Bloody Murder book by Julian Symons  "Bloody Murder: From The Detective Story To The Crime Novel - A History"
[orig 1972, rev 1993] by Julian Symons

Mysterious Press; 3rd edition 8¾x5¾ hardcover [2/93] for $24.69
Penguin Books 2nd edition 7½x5 pb [6/86] out of print/used
Faber and Faber 8¾x5½ hardcover [1972] for $24.69
Encyclopedia Mysteriosa book by William L. DeAndrea  "Encyclopedia Mysteriosa: A Comprehensive Guide To The Art of Detection In Print, Film, Radio & Television" [1994] by William L. DeAndrea
The first such volume since 1975; reviewers complain of missing authors & characters & TV shows, but no review faults the book's accuracy.
Macmillan 9½x5½ pb [5/97] out of print/used
John Wiley & Sons 9¾x8 hardcover [9/94] out of print/many used
Detecting Women by Willetta L. Heising  "Detecting Women: A Readers Guide & Checklist For Mystery Series Written by Women" [orig 1995; 3rd edition 1999] by Willetta L. Heising
Purple Moon Press pb [12/99] out of print/used
Purple Moon Press 11&fracx8¾ hardcover [12/99] out of print/used
'Pocket Guide' edition [10/98] out of print/used
Spooks, Spies & Private Eyes edited by Paula L. Woods  "Spooks, Spies, and Private Eyes: Black Mystery, Crime & Suspense Fiction"
[1995] Edited by Paula L. Woods

Main Street Books 8¼x5½ pb [11/96] out of print/used
Doubleday 9x8¼ hardcover [11/95] out of print/used
Blues Detective by Stephen F. Soitos  "The Blues Detective: A Study of African American Detective Fiction" [1996]
by Stephen F. Soitos

Univ MA Press 9½x6 pb [2/96] for $21.95
Univ MA Press 9½x6¼ hardcover [2/96] out of print/used
Detecting Men by Willetta L. Heising  "Detecting Men: A Readers Guide & Checklist For Mystery Series Written By Men" [1997] by Willetta L. Heising
Purple Moon Press 11x8½ pb [3/98] out of print/many used
'Pocket Guide' edition [3/97] out of print/used
Killer Books reference  "Killer Books: A Reader's Guide To Exploring The Popular World of Mystery & Suspense" [1998] by Jean Swanson & Dean James
Berkley Trade 9¼x6 pb [4/98] out of print/many used
You Can Write a Mystery by Gillian Roberts  "You Can Write A Mystery" [1999]
by Gillian Roberts

Writers Digest Books 9x6 pb [8/99] for $10.39
Encyclopedia of Murder & Mystery by Bruce F. Murphy  "The Encyclopedia of Murder & Mystery" [1999]
by Bruce F. Murphy

Palgrave Macmillan 9¼x7½ pb [2/2002] for $17.47
Palgrave Macmillan 9¾x8 hardcover [12/99] out of print/used
Oxford Companion To Crime & Mystery Writing edited by Rosemary Herbert  "The Oxford Companion To Crime & Mystery Writing" [1999]
Edited by Rosemary Herbert

Oxford Univ Press 9½x6¾ hardcover [12/99] out of print/used
AZ Murder Goes Classic book edited by Barbara Peters & Susan Malling  "AZ Murder Goes... Classic: Current Crimewriters Visit Past Masters" [1997]
Edited by Susan Malling & Barbara Peters

Papers presented at the 'AZ Murder Conference' sponsored by Poisoned Pen Press of Tucson, Arizona • Introduction by Dulcy Brainard; contributors include Catherine Aird, Michael Connelly, Laurie R. King, Val McDermid, and Justin Scott; book nominated for Edgar Award
Poisoned Pen Press 9x6 pb [7/98] for $14.93
Poisoned Pen Press 8½x5½ pb [2/97] out of print/used
AZ Murder Goes Artful book edited by Barbara Peters & Susan Malling  "AZ Murder Goes... Artful" [2000]
Edited by Susan Malling-Foster & Barbara Peters

Papers presented at the 'AZ Murder Conference' sponsored by Poisoned Pen Press of Tucson, Arizona • Introduction by Susanne Kirk; contributors include Nevada Barr, Roy Berkeley, Philip R. Craig, Aaron Elkins, Nicholas Kilmer, Sharyn McCrumb, Keith Miles, editor Peters, Elizabeth Peters, and Louis Silverstein
Poisoned Pen Press 9x6 pb [2/2002] for $13.95
Poisoned Pen Press 8½x5½ pb [7/2000] out of print/used
100 Favorite Mysteries of The Century edited by Jim Huang  
"100 Favorite Mysteries of The Century" [2000]
Edited by Jim Huang

Crum Creek Press pb[12/2000] for $9.60
History of Mystery by Max Allan Collins  "The History of Mystery" [2001] by Max Allan Collins
Collectors Press 12¼x11¼ hardcover [10/2001] for $38.25
AZ Murder Goes Professional book edited by Barbara Peters  "AZ Murder Goes... Professional" [2002] Edited by Barbara Peters
Papers presented at the 'AZ Murder Conference' sponsored by Poisoned Pen Press of Tucson, Arizona • Preface by Lee Child; contributors include Joanne Dobson, John Dunning, Nicholas Kilmer, Nancy Pickard, and William G. Tapply
Poisoned Pen Press 8½x5½ pb [2/2002] for $14.95
Mystery Writers of America Handbook edited by Sue Grafton  "Writing Mysteries: A Handbook By The Mystery Writers of America"
[1976; 2nd edition 2002] Edited by Sue Grafton

Writers Digest 9x6 pb [4/2002] for $11.04
M.W.A. hardcover [10/2002] out of print/used
They Died in Vain edited by Jim Huang  "They Died In Vain: Overlooked, Underappreciated & Forgotten Mystery Novels"
[2002] Edited by Jim Huang

Crum Creek Press 8x5 pb [4/2002] for $10.40
Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction by Mike Ashley  "The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction" [2002]
by Mike Ashley

Carroll & Graf 7¾x5¼ pb [5/2002] for $9.71
Classic Era of Crime Fiction by Peter Haining  "The Classic Era of Crime Fiction" [2002]
by Peter Haining

Chicago Review Press 11¾x9 pb [9/2002] for $35.00
Women Mystery Writers by Jeffrey Marks  "Atomic Renaissance: Women Mystery Writers of The 1940s & 1950s" [2003]
by Jeffrey Marks

Delphi Books 9½x6 hardcover [9/2003] for $21.95
Write A Damn Good Myster by James N. Freyy  "How To Write A Damn Good Mystery: A Practical Step-by-Step Guide From Inspiration To Finished Manuscript" [2004] by James N. Frey
St. Martin 8½x5¾ hardcover [2/2004] for $15.61
Elements of Mystery Fiction by William G. Tapply  "The Elements of Mystery Fiction: Writing The Modern Whodunit" [2004]
by William G. Tapply

Poisoned Pen Press 8½x5½ pb [5/2004] for $11.53
Booze & the Private Eye by Rita Elizabeth Rippetoe  "Booze and The Private Eye: Alcohol In The Hard-Boiled Novel" [2004]
by Rita Elizabeth Rippetoe

McFarland & Co. 9x6 pb [8/2004] for $35.00
Detecting Men, Masculinity & the Hollywood Detective Film book by Philippa Gates  "Detecting Men: Masculinity and The Hollywood Detective Film" [2006]
by Philippa Gates

SUNY Press 8¾x6 pb [7/2006] for $30.95
SUNY Press 9x6¼ hardcover [7/2006] for $89.50
Talking About Detective Fiction book by P.D. James  "Talking About Detective Fiction" [2009]
by P.D. James

Penguin U.K. 8½x5¼ pb [10/2009] out of print/used
Knopf 7½x4¾ hardcover [12/2009] for $14.66
Detecting Women book by Philippa Gates  "Detecting Women: Gender and The Hollywood Detective Film" [2011]
by Philippa Gates

S.U.N.Y. Press 9x6 pb [4/2011] for $29.95
S.U.N.Y. Press 9x6¼ hardcover [4/2011] for $90.00
Invention of Murder book by Judith Flanders  "The Invention of Murder: How The Victorians Revelled In Death Detection and Created Modern Crime" [2011] by Judith Flanders
Kindle Edition from Thomas Dunne/Macmillan [7/2013] for $11.43
HarperCollins Publrs 7¾x5 pb [9/2011] out of print/used
Thomas Dunne Books 9¼x6 hardcover [7/2013] for $19.78
Race, Gender & Empire in American Detective Fiction book by John Cullen Gruesser   "Race, Gender and Empire In American Detective Fiction" [2013]
by John Cullen Gruesser

Kindle Edition from McFarland & Co. [8/2013] for $13.99
McFarland & Co. 9x6 pb [8/2013] for $38.00
Golden Age of Murder book by Martin Edwards  "The Golden Age of Murder: The Mystery of The Writers Who Invented The Modern Detective Story" [2015] by Martin Edwards
The Detection Club in England is the world’s most famous and most mysterious social network of crime writers; this first study of its history reveals the astonishing story of how members such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers reinvented detective fiction, producing a Golden Age of Mystery Literature.
Kindle Edition from HarperCollins Publrs [5/2015] for $1.99 {sic}
Collins Crime Club pb [DUE June 2016] for $15.99
HarperCollins 9¼x6¼ hardcover [5/2015] for $19.03

Mystery-Themed Cookbooks

A Taste of Murder / Diabolically Delicious Recipes cookbook edited by Jo Grossman & Robert Weibezahl  "A Taste of Murder: Diabolically Delicious Recipes From Contemporary Mystery Writers" [1999]
Edited by Jo Grossman & Robert Weibezahl

more than 150 recipes from contributors that include: Anthony Bourdain, Lilian Jackson Braun, Kate Charles (Quick Vegetarian Cassoulet), Bill Crider (Sausage-Cheese Appetizer), Sara Hoskins Frommer (Fred Lundquist's Sourdough Oatmeal Bread), Jonathan Gash (Parkin, a British cake), Leslie Glass (April Woo's Crispy Hacked Duck), Sue Grafton (Kinsey Millhone's Peanut Butter and Pickle Sandwich), Parnell Hall (Stanley's Head Pesto Pasta), Tony Hillerman, Cathie John (Cincinnati Chili), H.R.F. Keating (Carrot Haliva side dish), Carol O'Connell, Robert B. Parker, Anne Perry (Fish Pie), Peter Robinson (Warm Pear and Stilton Salad), L.L. Thrasher (Boiled Cookies), Penny Warner (Hangtown Fry), Donald E. Westlake, and many, many more
Poisoned Pen Press10½x7 hardcover [10/2003] out of print/many used
Dell 10x7½ hardcover [9/99] out of print/60+ used

A Second Helping of Murder / Diabolically Delicious Recipes cookbook edited by Jo Grossman & Robert Weibezahl  "A Second Helping of Murder: More Diabolically Delicious Recipes From Contemporary Mystery Writers" [2007] Edited by Jo Grossman & Robert Weibezahl
more than 130 recipes from contributors that include: Donna Andrews, Linda Barnes, Robert Barnard, Claudia Bishop, Nero Blanc {recipe + crossword puzzle}, Kent Braithwaite, Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, Roald Dahl, David Dodge, Dick Francis, Dale Furutani, Elizabeth George, John Harvey, L.C. Hayden, Joan Hess, Irene Marcuse, Marilyn Meredith, Jeremiah Healy, George Pelecanos, Elizabeth Peters, Twist Phelan, Edgar Allan Poe, Susan Slater, Alexander McCall Smith, William G. Tapply, Elaine Viets, K.J.A. Wishnia, and many, many more
Poisoned Pen Press 10½x7¼ hardcover [10/2003] out of print/many used
Mystery Writers of America Cookbook edited by Kate White  "The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals and Desserts To Die For" [2015]
Edited by Kate White

more than 100 recipes from M.W.A. members/contributors that include: Frankie Y. Bailey, Alastair Burke, Lorenzo Carcaterra, Lee Child, Mary Higgins Clark, Harlan Coben, Thomas H. Cook, Diane Mott Davidson, Nelson DeMille, Hallie Ephron, Linda Fairstein, Lyndsay Faye, Joseph Finder, Gillian Flynn, Sue Grafton, Charlaine Harris, Carolyn Hart, Peter James, J.A. Jance, Laurie R. King, Laura Lippman, Margaret Maron, Brad Meltzer, David Morrell, Marcia Muller, Katherine Hall Page, Sara Paretsky, James Patterson, Louise Penny, Kathy Reichs, Lisa Scottoline, Karin Slaughter, Wendy Corsi Staub, Scott Turow, Lisa Unger, Jacqueline Winspear, Ben Winters &Mdash; 'and other acclaimed plot-stirrers'
Kindle Edition from Quirk Books [3/2015] for $14.49
Quirk Books 9¼x7¾ hardcover [3/2015] for $16.96

Technical  Books  &  True  Crime

How To Be A Detective book by F.H. Tillotson  "How To Be A Detective: A Complete Text Book of The Methods and Practices Used By The Best Detectives In Dealing With The Criminal, Together With A Criminal Vocabulary"
[1909] by F.H. Tillotson (an old detective of twenty-five years experience)

Hailman Printing Co. hardcover [1909] long out of print/very rare
Homicide Investigation by Dr. Lemoyne Snyder  "Homicide Investigation: Practical Information For Coroners, Police Officers & Other Investigators" [orig 1944] by Dr. Lemoyne Snyder
recommended many times by Erle Stanley Gardner
Charles C. Thomas 3rd edition pb [9/77] for $52.95
Charles C. Thomas 3rd edition hardcover [9/77] out of print/used
The Complete Detective book by Rupert Hughes  "The Complete Detective: Being The Life and Strange & Exciting Cases of Raymond Schindler, Master Detective" [1950] by Rupert Hughes
recommended by Erle Stanley Gardner
Sheridan House 8½x6 hardcover [1950] out of print/used
History of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency book by Frank Morn  "The Eye That Never Sleeps": A History of The Pinkerton National Detective Agency"
[1982] by Frank Morn

Indiana Univ Press 9¼x6½ hardcover [4/1982] out of print/used
Indiana Univ Press 9¼x6½ hardcover [4/1982] out of print/used

see also Pinkerton Agency entry at Wikipedia

The Evidence Never Lies book by Alfred Allan Lewis & Herbert Leon MacDonell  "The Evidence Never Lies: The Casebook of A Modern Sherlock Holmes" [1984]
by Alfred Allan Lewis, with Herbert Leon MacDonell

Dell mass pb [5/89] out of print/40+ used
Laurel Books 8½x5¾ pb [12/86] out of print/many used
Holt Rinehart & Winston 8½x5½ hardcover [10/84] out of print/50+ used
Criminal Poisoning book by John Harris Trestrail III  "Criminal Poisoning: Investigational Guide For Law Enforcement, Toxicologists, Forensic Scientists & Attorneys" [2000] by John Harris Trestrail III
Humana Press 2nd edition 9x6 pb [4/2007] for $44.95
Humana Press 2nd edition 9x6 hardcover [4/2007] for $89.95
Humana Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [2/2000] out of print/used
Complete Idiot's Guide to Criminal Investigation book by Alan Axelrod & Guy Antinozzi   "The Complete Idiot's Guide To Criminal Investigation" [2002]
by Alan Axelrod & Guy Antinozzi

Alpha Books 9x7¼ pb [7/2002] out of print/used
Complete Idiot's Guide to Forensics book by Alan Axelrod & Guy Antinozzi  "The Complete Idiot's Guide To Forensics: Discover How Crimes Are Solved Through Science & Detection" [2003] by Alan Axelrod & Guy Antinozzi
Alpha Books 2nd edition 9x7¼ pb [9/2007] out of print/used
Forensics For Dummies  "Forensics For Dummies" [2004] by Douglas P. Lyle, MD
nominated for an Edgar Award
Kindle Edition from For Dummies [3/2011] for $10.99
For Dummies 9¼x7¼ pb [4/2004] for $13.59
Scene of the Crime  "Scene of the Crime: Photographs From The L.A.P.D. Archive" [2004] Essay by Tim B. Wride; Foreword by L.A.P.D. Chief William J. Bratton, Introduction by James Ellroy
Harry N. Abrams 13½x8¼ hardcover [10/2004] out of print/used
Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation textbook by Barry A.J. Fisher & David Fisher  "Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation" [orig 1949, rev 2012]
by Barry A.J. Fisher & David R. Fisher

longtime standard textbook; Barry Fisher retired from Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. in 2009; his son David Fisher is based in New York City
Kindle Edition from C.R.C. Press [8/2012] for $76.40 {sic}
C.R.C. Press 8th Edition 10x7 hardcover [6/2012] for $80.42
CRC Press 7th edition 10¼x7¼ hardcover [9/2003] out of print/used
"Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation, 7th Edition, Interactive CD-ROM"
CRC Press CD-ROM [6/2004] for $113.35
Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation, First International Edition book by William Tilstone, Michael Hastrup & Camilla Hald  
"Fisher's Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation, First International Edition" [2012] by William J. Tilstone, Michael L. Hastrup & Camilla Hald
Routledge/Auerbach 10x7¼ hardcover [8/2012] for $94.95
The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable book by Carol Baxter  "The Peculiar Case of The Electric Constable: A True Tale of Passion, Poison, and Pursuit" [2013] by Carol Baxter
The true story of an 1845 murder that was solved with the help of the newfangled telegraph (a wire was sent to London to arrest a man arriving on the train), with new developments in forensic science helping convict the murderer in a widely-followed sensational trial.
Kindle Edition from Oneworld Publns [9/2013] for $12.88
Oneworld Publns 8½x5½ pb [10/2013] for $13.56
The Skeleton Crew / Amateur Sleuths book by Deborah Halber  "The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America's Coldest Cases"
[2014] by Deborah Halber

Kindle Edition from Simon & Schuster Digital Sales [7/2014] for $10.99
Simon & Schuster 9x6 hardcover [7/2014] for $17.45
New Yorker Reader True Crime single-issue magazine  "New Yorker Reader: True Crime - Classic Tales of Murder, Mayhem & The Law"
The New Yorker Magazine single-issue pb [2015] out of print/scarce
contents include articles by Jo Ann Beard, Truman Capote (1965 classic "In Cold Blood"), Joan Didion ("Trouble In Lakewood"), Philip Gourevitch ("A Cold Case"), David Grann, Patrick Radden Keefe ("A Loaded Gun"), and Calvin Trillin
Forensics book by Val McDermid   "Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime" [2015]
by Val McDermid

Kindle Edition from Grove Press [7/2015] for $11.99
Grove Press 8¼x5½ pb [DUE July 2016] for $16.00
Profile Books, Ltd. 9¾x6 pb [7/2015] out of print/used
Profile Books, Ltd. 7¾x5 pb [7/2015] out of print/used
Grove Press 9x6 hardcover [7/2015] for $15.57
Profile Books, Ltd. 9½x6½ hardcover [7/2015] out of print/used
Blood, Bullets & Bones / Forensic Science book by Bridget Heos  
"Blood, Bullets, and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science From Sherlock Holmes To DNA" [2016] by Bridget Heos
Kindle Edition from Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins [10/2016] for $9.99
Balzer + Bray 9x6 hardcover [10/2016] for $16.80

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