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Oxford Book of American Detective Stories (1996) [Anthology]
by Linda Barnes Robert Leslie Bellem Anthony Boucher John Dickson Carr Raymond Chandler Carroll John Daly Dorothy Salisbury Davis Mignon G. Eberhart William Faulkner Jacques Futrelle Erle Stanley Gardner William Campbell Gault Susan Glaspell Sue Grafton Anna Katharine Green Bret Harte Tony Hillerman Edward D. Hoch Ross MacDonald Ed McBain Marcia Muller Edgar Allan Poe Melville Davisson Post Bill Pronzini Ellery Queen Clayton Rawson Arthur B. Reeve Mary Roberts Rinehart Richard Sale Clinton H. Stagg Rex Stout T.S. Stribling Cornell Woolrich Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Series: Oxford Books of Prose

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Edited by: Tony Hillerman and Rosemary Herbert

Edgar Allan Poe's "Murders in the Rue Morgue" launched the detective story in 1841. The genre began as a highbrow form of entertainment, a puzzle to be solved by a rational sifting of clues. In Britain, the stories became decidedly upper crust: the crime often committed in a world of manor homes and formal gardens, the blood on the Persian carpet usually blue. But from the beginning, American writers worked important changes on Poe's basic formula, especially in use of language and locale.

In The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories, Tony Hillerman and Rosemary Herbert bring together thirty-three tales that illuminate both the evolution of crime fiction in the United States and America's unique contribution to this highly popular genre. From elegant "locked room" mysteries, to the hard-boiled realism of the '30s and '40s, to the great range of styles seen today, this superb collection includes the finest crime writers, including Erle Stanley Gardner, Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, Rex Stout, Ellery Queen, Ed McBain, Sue Grafton, and Hillerman, a best-selling crime writer himself. And we sample a wide variety of styles, from tales with a strongly regional flavor, to hard-edged pulp fiction, to stories with a feminist perspective.

Throughout, the editors provide highly knowledgeable introductions to each piece, written from the perspective of fellow writers and reflecting a life-long interest--not to say love--of this quintessentially American genre. Hillerman and Herbert bring us a gold mine of glorious stories that can be read for sheer pleasure, but that also illuminate how the crime story evolved from the drawing room to the back alley, and how it came to explore every corner of our nation and every facet of our lives.


  • The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841) by Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Stolen Cigar Case (1900) by Bret Harte
  • The Problem of Cell 13 (1905) by Jacques Futrelle
  • The Doomdorf Mystery (1914) by Melville Davisson Post
  • Missing: Page Thirteen (1915) by Anna Katharine Green
  • The Beauty Mask (1917) by Arthur B. Reeve
  • A Jury of Her Peers (1917) by Susan Glaspell
  • The False Burton Combs (1922) by Carroll John Daly
  • The Keyboard of Silence (1923) by Clinton H. Stagg
  • A Nose for News (1934) by Richard Sale
  • Spider (1934) by Mignon G. Eberhart
  • Leg Man (1938) by Erle Stanley Gardner
  • I’ll Be Waiting (1939) by Raymond Chandler
  • The Footprint in the Sky (“Clue in the Snow”, 1940) by John Dickson Carr, writing as Carter Dickson
  • Rear Window (“It Had to Be Murder”, 1942) by Cornell Woolrich, writing as William Irish
  • The Lipstick (1942) by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Homicide Highball (1943) by Robert Leslie Bellem
  • An Error in Chemistry (1946) by William Faulkner
  • From Another World (1948) by Clayton Rawson
  • A Daylight Adventure (1950) by T.S. Stribling
  • See No Evil (“See No Murder”, 1950) by William Campbell Gault
  • Crime Must Have a Stop (1951) by Anthony Boucher
  • Small Homicide (1953) by Ed McBain
  • Guilt-Edged Blonde (1954) by Ross Macdonald, writing as John Ross Macdonald
  • Christmas Party (“The Christmas Party Murder”, 1957) by Rex Stout
  • A Matter of Public Notice (1957) by Dorothy Salisbury Davis
  • The Adventure of Abraham Lincoln’s Clue (1965) by Ellery Queen
  • Words Do Not a Book Make (1968) by Bill Pronzini
  • Christmas Is for Cops (1970) by Edward D. Hoch
  • Lucky Penny (1985) by Linda Barnes
  • The Parker Shotgun (1986) by Sue Grafton
  • Chee’s Witch (1986) by Tony Hillerman
  • Benny’s Space (1991) by Marcia Muller

Original title: Oxford Book of American Detective Stories
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and DetectivesGeneral

The following works are contained within this one:
     Murders in the Rue Morgue, the (1841) [Short Story]
      Author: Edgar Allan Poe
     Stolen Cigar-Case, the (1900) [Short Story]
      Author: Bret Harte
     Rear Window (1942) [Novelette]
      Author: Cornell Woolrich
     Matter of Public Notice, a (1957) [Short Story]
      Author: Dorothy Salisbury Davis
     Christmas Is for Cops (1970) [Short Story]
      Author: Edward D. Hoch
     Lucky Penny (1985) [Short Story]
      Author: Linda Barnes
     Benny's Space (1991) [Short Story]
      Author: Marcia Muller

Edition #1: Oxford Book of American Detective Stories

Oxford Book of American Detective Stories (1996)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "The big names of American mystery are here in this excellent collection...but so are some likely to surprise." The Dallas Morning News
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ISBN: 0195117921

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