The Lineup: The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives

The Lineup: The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives

by Otto Penzler

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Overview

A great recurring character in a series you love becomes an old friend. You learn about their strange quirks and their haunted pasts and root for them every time they face danger. But where do some of the most fascinating sleuths in the mystery and thriller world really come from?

What was the real-life location that inspired Michael Connelly to make Harry Bosch a Vietnam vet tunnel rat? Why is Jack Reacher a drifter? How did a brief encounter in Botswana inspire Alexander McCall Smith to create Precious Ramotswe? In THE LINEUP, some of the top mystery writers in the world tell about the genesis of their most beloved characters--or, in some cases, let their creations do the talking.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316071826
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 11/10/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 651 KB

About the Author

Otto Penzler is the proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City, the editor of many mystery anthologies, and co-author of The Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection, for which he won an Edgar Award. He lives in New York.

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"An all-star cast produces a mostly rewarding collection." —-Kirkus

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The Lineup: The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
4cebwu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book for me was a introduction for me to some writers I have not read. It was good to get some insight into the creative process and fun to compare. Many of the writers are boomers like me so the dream of getting published someday still lives. This book underscored for me that I will never be able to read all the books I would like to read in my lifetime. This is a blow to the kid who wanted to read every book in the library. I started this book being guilty that I was not familiar with a lot of this authors, but I finished the book with renewed respect for the writing process and the sacrifices writers make for their art. I walk away with a list of books and authors I want to read, which is all any editor wants. Like any group of creative people each author's approach was different and some were more successful than others, but overall it was interesting. Three stars.
zhoud2005 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not so impressive. Reading works from those authors are far more interesting.
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Violetta-Verdi More than 1 year ago
The Lineup is a fascinating insight into the minds of many of the finest mystery and crime writers at work today. I hope that Otto Penzler receives the publicity and promotion that he deserves for collecting these essays. Each is imaginative and reveals the quest for suspense, plot, and discovery presented by each of these major authors. Please promote it! I may have purchased all the copies for sale in Dallas to give to fellow detective story fans. Please promote this book on your entry tables! Most people don't brouse for hidden treasures and need prodding!
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