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The big book of rogues and villains

Format: Print Book 2017
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Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Mystery M Big
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Northern Tier Regional Library Fiction FIC BIG
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Summary
The best mysteries--whether detective, historical, police procedural, cozy, or comedy--have one thing in common- a memorable perpetrator. For every Sherlock Holmes or Sam Spade in noble pursuit, there's a Count Dracula, a Lester Leith, or a Jimmy Valentine. These are the rogues and villains who haunt our imaginations--and who often have more in common with their heroic counterparts than we might expect. Now, for the first time ever, Otto Penzler gathers the iconic traitors, thieves, con men, sociopaths, and killers who have crept through the mystery canon over the past 150 years, captivating and horrifying readers in equal measure. The 72 handpicked stories in this collection introduce us to the most depraved of psyches, from iconic antiheroes like Maurice Leblanc's Ars ne Lupin and Sax Rohmer's Dr. Fu Manchu to contemporary delinquents like Lawrence Block's Ehrengraf and Donald Westlake's Dortmunder, and include unforgettable tales by Robert Louis Stevenson, Bram Stoker, Washington Irving, Jack London, H.G. Wells, Sinclair Lewis, O. Henry, Edgar Wallace, Leslie Charteris, Erle Stanley Gardner, Edward D. Hoch, Max Allan Collins, Loren D. Estleman, and many more.
Contents
At the edge of the crater / L.T. Meade & Robert Eustace
The episode of the Mexican seer / Grant Allen
The body snatcher / Robert Louis Stevenson
Dracula's guest / Bram Stoker
The narrative of Mr. James Rigby / Arthur Morrison
The ides of March / E.W. Hornung
The story of a young robber / Washington Irving
Moon-face / Jack London
The shadow of Quong Lung / C.W. Doyle
The fire of London / Arnold Bennett
Madame Sara / L.T. Meade & Robert Eustace
The affair of the man who called himself Hamilton Cleek / Thomas W. Hanshew
The mysterious railway passenger / Maurice Leblanc
An unposted letter / Newton MacTavish
The adventure of "The Brain" / Bertram Atkey
The kailyard novel / Clifford Ashdown
The parole of Gevil-hay / K. & Hesketh Prichard
The Hammerpond Park burlglary / H.G. Wells
The zayat kiss / Sax Rohmer
The infallible Godahl / Frederick Irving Anderson
The caballero's way / O. Henry
Conscience in art / O. Henry
The unpublishable memoirs / A.S.W. Rosenbach
The Universal Covered Carpet Tack Company / George Randolph Chester
Boston Blackie's code / Jack Boyle
The gray seal / Frank L. Packard
The dignity of honest labor / Percival Pollard
The eyes of the Countess Gerda / May Edginton
The willow walk / Sinclair Lewis
A retrieved reformation / O. Henry
The burglar / John Russell
Portrait of a Murderer / Q. Patrick
Karmesin and the big flea / Gerald Kersh
The very raffles-like episode of Castor and Pollux, diamonds de luxe / Harry Stephen Keeler
The most dangerous game / Richard Connell
Four Square Jane / Edgar Wallace
A fortune in tin / Edgar Wallace
The genuine old master / David Durham
The colonel gives a party / Everett Rhodes Castle
Footsteps of fear / Vincent Starrett
The signed masterpiece / Frederick Irving Anderson
The hands of Mr. Ottermole / Thomas Burke
"His lady" to the rescue / Bruce Graeme
On getting an introduction / Edgar Wallace
The fifteen murderers / Ben Hecht
The damsel in distress / Leslie Charteris
After-dinner story / William Irish
The mystery of the golden skull / Donald E. Keyhoe
We are all dead / Bruno Fischer
Horror insured / Paul Ernst
A shock for the countess / C.S. Montanye
A shabby millionaire / Christopher B. Booth
Crimson shackles / Frederick C. Davis
The adventures of the voodoo moon / Eugene Thomas
The copper bowl / George Fielding Eliot
The cat-woman / Erle Stanley Gardner
The kid stacks a deck / Erle Stanley Gardner
The theft from the empty room / Edward D. Hoch
The shill / Stephen Marlowe
The Dr. Sherrock commission / Frank McAuliffe
In round figures / Erle Stanley Gardner
The racket buster / Erle Stanley Gardner
Sweet music / Robert L. Fish
The Ehrengraf experience / Lawrence Block
Quarry's luck / Max Allan Collins
The partnership / David Morrell
Blackburn sins / Bradley Denton
The black spot / Loren D. Estleman
Car trouble / Jas. D. Petrin
Keller on the spot / Lawrence Block
Boudin noir / R.T. Lawton
Like a thief in the night / Lawrence Block
Too many crooks / Donald E. Westlake.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Veteran anthologist Penzler's survey of rogues and villains in crime fiction is structured chronologically, with sections covering the Victorians, nineteenth-century Americans, Edwardians, early twentieth-century Americans, Between the Wars, the pulp era, and the moderns. There are plenty of familiar faces, including Robert Louis Stevenson (The Body-Snatcher), Bram Stoker (Dracula's Guest), Richard Connell (The Most Dangerous Game), Maurice Leblanc (The Mysterious Railway Passenger), Loren D. Estleman (The Black Spot), and Donald E. Westlake (Too Many Crooks, a Dortmunder story). There is, Penzler tells us, a difference between rogues and villains rogues are thieves, swindlers, blackmailers, and forgers, while villains are murderers and psychopaths and the stories bear this distinction out, with the tales of roguery being generally lighter in tone than the villainous pieces. This anthology is a delight for crime-fiction fans; it's a chance to revisit some old favorites and to discover some new ones, like Bertram Atkey, creator of the likable crook Smiler Bunn, and George Fielding Eliot, a writer of military fiction and nonfiction who dabbled, quite successfully, in pulp fiction.--Pitt, David Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Edgar-winner Penzler's entertaining and wide-ranging seventh Big Book (after 2016's The Big Book of Jack the Ripper) offers 72 stories featuring out-and-out bad guys, such as Bram Stoker's Dracula, and others whose morality is more ambiguous, such as Leslie Charteris's the Saint. In addition to the many expected names (Donald Westlake, Edgar Wallace, Cornell Woolrich), Penzler resurrects such now-obscure writers as Everett Rhodes Castle, May Edginton, and George Randolph Chester. Chester weighs in with perhaps the most intriguing title, "The Universal Covered Carpet Tack Company," which centers on a clever and elaborate stock swindle. Bertram Atkey's gifted pickpocket "Smiler" Bunn demonstrates his "celebrated imitation of a gentleman pinching a blood-orange" at the start of "The Adventure of 'The Brain.'" Like many entries, this tale boasts a killer opening line. Another example is H.G. Wells's "The Hammerpond Park Burglary" ("It is a moot point whether burglary is to be considered as a sport, a trade, or an art"). The fruits of Penzler's decades of diligent study of the genre pay off handsomely in this fat volume. Agent: Nat Sobel, Sobel Weber. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Vintage crime/Black Lizard.
Subjects Villains in literature -- Fiction.
Criminals -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Short stories.
Publisher New York :2017
Other Titles Rogues and villains
Contributors Penzler, Otto, editor.
Language English
Notes "The most comprehensive collection of bad guys (and girls) ever assembled!"--Cover.
Description xv, 911 pages ; 24 cm.
ISBN 9780525432487
0525432485
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