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50 Greatest Mysteries of All Time, the (1998) [Anthology]
by Frederick Irving Anderson Isaac Asimov Robert Barr Robert Bloch Lawrence Block Thomas Burke G. K. Chesterton Logan Clendening John Collier Wilkie Collins James Gould Cozzens C.P. Donnel, Jr. Arthur Conan Doyle Lord Dunsany Stanley Ellin Harlan Ellison James Ellroy Jacques Futrelle John E. Gardner Stephen Greenleaf Thomas Hardy Ernest Hemingway O. Henry Patricia Highsmith Edward D. Hoch E.W. Hornung Clark Howard Evan Hunter Aldous Huxley Harry Kemelman Stephen King Ring Lardner Elmore Leonard Jack London Charles McCarry A. A. Milne Ogden Nash Sara Paretsky Barry Perowne Edgar Allan Poe Melville Davisson Post Ellery Queen Ben Ray Redman Ruth Rendell Jack Ritchie Georges Simenon Mickey Spillane Vincent Starrett James Thurber Edith Wharton Rating: Weighted - 7.9 / Average - 8.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

Savor the delights in this fine collection, a must for every home library, in which multi-award winning mystery connoisseur Otto Penzler presents the fifty most exquisite tales of mystery and suspense from fifty master writers.

50 Greatest opens with the first genuine detective story, Edgar Allan Poe's The Purloined Letter, and climbs to chilling heights with Wilkie Collins' notorious A Terribly Strange Bed, Aldous Huxley's unique The Gioconda Smile, Ring Lardner's humorous and bleak Haircut, and Stephen King's dark fantasy Quitters, Inc., among others. These are tales told with unmatched skill by James Ellroy, John Gardner, Patricia Highsmith, Edith Wharton, O. Henry, Georges Simenon, James Thurber, Ernest Hemingway, Stanely Ellin, Sara Paretsky, Lawrence Block, and Harlan Ellison. Finally, staying true to the progressive modernity of this story collection, The 50 Greatest Mysteries of All Time closes with Elmore Leonard's very contemporary tale, Karen Makes Out.

Whether you are a passionate mystery lover or a devotee in the making, you will find much to entertain, surprise, and challenge you.


  • The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe
  • A Terribly Strange Bed by Wilkie Collins
  • The Three Strangers by Thomas Hardy
  • The Red-Headed League by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Corpus Delicti by Melville Davisson Post
  • Gentlemen and Players by E.W. Hornung
  • A Journey by Edith Wharton
  • The Leopard Man’s Story by Jack London
  • A Retrieved Reformation by O. Henry
  • The Problem of Cell 13 by Jacques Futrelle
  • The Absent-Minded Coterie by Robert Barr
  • The Invisible Man by G.K. Chesterton
  • The Infallible Godahl by Frederick Irving Anderson
  • The Adventure of the Unique “Hamlet” by Vincent Starrett
  • The Gioconda Smile by Aldous Huxley
  • Haircut by Ring Lardner
  • The Killers by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Hands of Mr. Ottermole by Thomas Burke
  • The Little House at Croix-Rousse by Georges Simenon
  • The Case of the Missing Patriarchs by Logan Clendening, M.D.
  • Clerical Error (“Foot in It”) by James Gould Cozzens
  • Two Bottles of Relish by Lord Dunsany
  • The Chaser by John Collier
  • The Perfect Crime by Ben Ray Redman
  • Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper by Robert Bloch
  • The Blind Spot by Barry Perowne
  • The Catbird Seat by James Thurber
  • Recipe for Murder by C.P. Donnel, Jr.
  • The Nine Mile Walk by Harry Kemelman
  • Kill or Be Killed (“The Other Mind Reader”) by Ogden Nash
  • The Specialty of the House by Stanley Ellin
  • Nearly Perfect by A.A. Milne
  • The Gettysburg Bugle (“As Simple as ABC”) by Ellery Queen
  • The Last Spin by Evan Hunter
  • Stand Up and Die! by Mickey Spillane
  • A New Leaf by Jack Ritchie
  • The Snail-Watcher by Patricia Highsmith
  • The Long Way Down by Edward D. Hoch
  • The Man Who Never Told a Lie by Isaac Asimov
  • I Have by John Gardner
  • Quitters, Inc. by Stephen King
  • Horn Man by Clark Howard
  • The New Girl Friend by Ruth Rendell
  • By the Dawn’s Early Light by Lawrence Block
  • Iris by Stephen Greenleaf
  • High Darktown by James Ellroy
  • The Case of the Pietro Andromache by Sara Paretsky
  • Soft Monkey by Harlan Ellison
  • The Hand of Carlos by Charles McCarry
  • Karen Makes Out by Elmore Leonard

Original title: The 50 Greatest Mysteries of All Time
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and DetectivesGeneral

The following works are contained within this one:
     Purloined Letter, the (1844) [Short Story]
      Author: Edgar Allan Poe
     Red-headed League, the (1891) [Short Story]
      Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
     Leopard Man’s Story, the (1903) [Short Story]
      Author: Jack London
     Invisible Man, the (1911) [Short Story]
      Author: G. K. Chesterton
     Hands of Mr. Ottermole, the (1929) [Novelette]
      Author: Thomas Burke
     Chaser, the (1940) [Short Story]
      Author: John Collier
     Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper (1943) [Short Story]
      Author: Robert Bloch
     Specialty of the House, the (1948) [Short Story]
      Author: Stanley Ellin
     Long Way Down, the (1965) [Short Story]
      Author: Edward D. Hoch
     Quitters, Inc. (1978) [Short Story]
      Author: Stephen King
     New Girl Friend, the (1983) [Short Story]
      Author: Ruth Rendell
     By the Dawn’s Early Light (1984) [Short Story]
      Author: Lawrence Block
     Case of the Pietro Andromache, the (1988) [Short Story]
      Author: Sara Paretsky

Edition #1: 50 Greatest Mysteries of All Time, the

50 Greatest Mysteries of All Time, the (1998)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Otto Penzler
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The 50 Greatest Mysteries of All Time (February 2003)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Beverly Hills, California
Publisher: New Millennium Press
ISBN: 9781893224414
Dimensions: 6.5 x 9.1 x 1.6
Pages: 567

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The 50 Greatest Mysteries of All Time (May 1998)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: Los Angeles, California
Publisher: Dove Books
ISBN: 9780787109639
Dimensions: 6.8 x 9.8 x 2 in
Pages: 567

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