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The Most Complete Collection of Impossible Crime Stories Ever Assembled, with puzzling mysteries byStephen King, Dashiell Hammett, Lawrence Block, Agatha Christie, Georges Simenon, Dorothy L. Sayers, P. G. Wodehouse, Erle Stanley Gardner, and many, many more
THE BLACK LIZARD BIG BOOK OF LOCKED-ROOM MYSTERIES: An empty desert, a lonely ski slope, a gentleman s study, an elevator car nowhere is a crime completely impossible.
Edgar Award winning editor Otto Penzler has collected sixty-eight of the all-time best impossible-crime stories from almost two hundred years of the genre. In addition to the many classic examples of the form a case of murder in a locked room or otherwise inaccessible place, solved by a brilliant sleuth this collection expands the definition of the locked room to include tales of unbelievable thefts and incredible disappearances. Among these pages you ll find stories with evocative titles like The Flying Death, The Man From Nowhere, A Terribly Strange Bed, and The Theft of the Bermuda Penny, not to mention appearances by some of the cleverest characters in all of crime, including Arthur Conan Doyle s Sherlock Holmes, Georges Simenon s Jules Maigret, Agatha Christie s Hercule Poirot, Dashiell Hammett s Continental Op, and many more.
Featuring
Unconventional means of murder
Pilfered jewels
Shocking solutions
Includes
Edgar Allan Poe s The Murders in the Rue Morgue, the first detective story and the first locked-room mystery
Masters of the short story form: Edward D. Hoch, Ellery Queen, Carter Dickson, and Stanley Ellin
A VINTAGE CRIME/BLACK LIZARD ORIGINAL"

"A wide-ranging collection of the impossible. . . . This intelligently assembled anthology of 68 short stories will be catnip for fair play fans. . . . The real treat is in the revelations of the gifts at misdirection from undeservedly obscure authors such as Julian Hawthorne (Nathaniel's son), J.E. Gurdon, Augustus Muir, and Vincent Cornier, whose ingenious work is less likely to be encountered in other anthologies."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "Connoisseurs of this eccentric, demanding form will find this an indispensable resource, a pearl beyond price." --"Kirkus Reviews""Unparalleled. . . . This is the ideal bedside book for mystery fans: packed with short, challenging tales of murder and deduction, easily consumed before the eyes flicker. . . . Many of the stories are classics (and worth reading again), but there are a number of writers here whose stories aren't well known, so there's much to discover." --"Shelf Awareness" "A wide-ranging collection of the impossible. . . . This intelligently assembled anthology of 68 short stories will be catnip for fair play fans. . . . The real treat is in the revelations of the gifts at misdirection from undeservedly obscure authors such as Julian Hawthorne (Nathaniel's son), J.E. Gurdon, Augustus Muir, and Vincent Cornier, whose ingenious work is less likely to be encountered in other anthologies."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "Connoisseurs of this eccentric, demanding form will find this an indispensable resource, a pearl beyond price." --"Kirkus Reviews""The best gift ever for the fan of mysteries impossible to solve. . . . Penzler, an acclaimed mystery writer, has a gift for bringing back talented writers from historical obscurity." --"The Seattle Times" "This collection delivers more than 900 pages of wonderful reading. . . . Every fan of old-time detection will want this book." --"The Washington Post" "Unparalleled. . . . This is the ideal bedside book for mystery fans: packed with short, challenging tales of murder and deduction, easily consumed before the eyes flicker. . . . Many of the stories are classics (and worth reading again), but there are a number of writers here whose stories aren't well known, so there's much to discover." --"Shelf Awareness" "A wide-ranging collection of the impossible. . . . This intelligently assembled anthology of 68 short stories will be catnip for fair play fans. . . . The real treat is in the revelations of the gifts at misdirection from undeservedly obscure authors such as Julian Hawthorne (Nathaniel's son), J.E. Gurdon, Augustus Muir, and Vincent Cornier, whose ingenious work is less likely to be encountered in other anthologies."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "Connoisseurs of this eccentric, demanding form will find this an indispensable resource, a pearl beyond price." --"Kirkus Reviews"The best gift ever for the fan of mysteries impossible to solve. . . . Penzler, an acclaimed mystery writer, has a gift for bringing back talented writers from historical obscurity."The Seattle Times" "This collection delivers more than 900 pages of wonderful reading. . . . Every fan of old-time detection will want this book." --"The Washington Post"Unparalleled. . . . This is the ideal bedside book for mystery fans: packed with short, challenging tales of murder and deduction, easily consumed before the eyes flicker. . . . Many of the stories are classics (and worth reading again), but there are a number of writers here whose stories aren't well known, so there's much to discover."Shelf Awareness" "Awide-ranging collection of the impossible. . . .This intelligently assembled anthology of 68 short stories will be catnip for fair play fans. . . . The real treat is in the revelations of the gifts at misdirection from undeservedly obscure authors such as Julian Hawthorne (Nathaniel s son), J.E. Gurdon, Augustus Muir, and Vincent Cornier, whose ingenious work is less likely to be encountered in other anthologies."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "Connoisseurs of this eccentric, demanding form will find this an indispensable resource, a pearl beyond price." --"Kirkus Reviews""

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  • Otto Penzler(Editor)
  • Vintage (28 Oct. 2014)
  • English
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  • Crime, Thrillers & Mystery

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  • By bubbobz on 24 October 2015

    This is a great book of short locked-room mysteries. I'm a fan of the genre - and a few i had read before, but most were new to me. A fine, wide-ranging selection and an enjoyable read over a couple of weeks.

  • By NJ on 28 October 2014

    Otto Penzler isn't messing around; alongside the slightly shopworn classics of the genre you'll find a fairly devastating range of what's been achieved in the history of impossible crime short fiction. Included in this compendium are the following 68 stories arranged into the following groupsThe Murders in the Rue Morgue – Edgar Allan PoeThe Problem of Cell 13 – Jacques FutrelleA Terribly Strange Bed – Wilkie CollinsThe Two Bottles of Relish – Lord DunsanyThe Invisible Man – G. K. ChestertonThe Doomdorf Mystery – Melville Davisson PostThe Adventure of the Speckled Band – Arthur Conan DoyleThe Wrong Problem – John Dickson CarrThe Thing invisible – William Hope HodgsonDepartment of Impossible Crimes – James YaffeThe Aluminium Dagger – R. Austin FreemanThe Crewel Needle – Gerald KershThe Doctor’s Case – Stephen KingA Knife Between Brothers – Manly Wade WellmanThe Glass Gravestone – Joseph CommingsThe Tea Leaf – Edgar Jepson & Robert EustaceThe Flung-Back Lid – Peter GodfreyThe Crooked Picture – John LutzBlind Man’s Hood – Carter DicksonThe Man from Nowhere – Edward D. HochThe Laughing Butcher – Frederic BrownThe Sands of Time – Michael InnesThe Flying Death – Samuel Hopkins AdamsThe Flying Corpse – A. E. MartinThe Flying Hat – Vincent CornierThe Day the Children Vanished – Hugh PentecostThe Twelfth Statue – Stanley EllinAll at Once, No Alice – William IrishBeware of the Trains – Edmund CrispinThe Locked Bathroom – H. R. F. KeatingMike, Alec, and Rufus – Dashiell HammettThe Episode of the 'Torment IV' – C. Daly KingGreaves’ Disappearance – Julian HawthorneThe House of Haunts – Ellery QueenThe Monkey Trick – J. E. GurdonThe Ordinary Hairpins – E. C. BentleyThe Phantom Motor – Jacques FutrelleThe Theft of the Bermuda Penny – Edward D. HochRoom Number 23 – Judson PhilipsThe Burglar Who Smelled Smoke – Lynne Wood Block & Laurence BlockThe Kestar Diamond Case – Augustus MuirThe Odour of Sanctity – Kate EllisThe Problem of the Old Oak Tree – Edward D. HochThe Invisible Weapon – Nicholas OldeThe Confession of Rosa Vitelli – Ray CummingsThe Locked Room to End Locked Rooms – Stephen BarrNothing is Impossible – Clayton RawsonWhere Have You Gone, Sam Spade? – Bill PronziniIn a Telephone Cabinet – G. D. H Cole & M. I. ColeDeath Out of Thin Air – Stuart TowneThe Dream – Agatha ChristieThe Border-Line Case – Margery AllinghamThe Broadmoor Murder – Melville Davisson PostThe Man Who Liked Toys – Leslie CharterisThe Ashcomb Poor Case – Hulbert FootnerThe Little House at Croix-Rousse – Georges SimenonThe Bird in the Hand – Erle Stanley GardnerThe Gulverbury Diamonds – David DurhamThe Fifth Tube – Frederick Irving AndersonThe Strange Case of Steinkelwintz – MacKinlay CantorArsene Lupin in Prison – Maurice LeblancThe Mystery of the Strong Room – L. T. Meade & Robert EustaceNo Way Out – Dennis LyndsThe Episode of the Codex Curse – C. Daly KingThe Poisoned Dow ’08 – Dorothy L. SayersA Traveller’s Tale – Margaret FrazerDeath at the Excelsior – P. G. WodehouseWaiting for Godstow – Martin EdwardsSomething for everyone in there, and if the quality of the stories isn't uniformly 5-star then the fact of this book's existence - giving connoisseurs and newbies alike something to pore over - more than merits the rating.Enjoy!

  • By valerie gundle on 25 February 2015

    great collection of unusual and intriguing stories

  • By Dean Howard on 5 February 2015

    Arrived promptly. It was a gift for my wife - she likes it.


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