Annal: 2002 Anthony Award for Best Critical Work

Results of the Anthony Award in the year 2002.

Book:Seldom Disappointed

Seldom Disappointed: A Memoir

Tony Hillerman

When Tony Hillerman looks back at seventy-six years spent getting from hardtimes farm boy to bestselling author, he sees lots of evidence that Providence was poking him along. For example, when an absentminded Army clerk left him off the hospital ship taking the wounded home from France, the mishap put him on a collision course with a curing ceremony held for two Navajo Marines, thereby providing the grist for a writing career that now sees his books published in sixteen languages around the world and often on bestseller lists. Or, for example, when his agent told him his first novel was so bad that it would hurt both of their reputations, he nonetheless sent it to an editor, and that editor happened to like the Navajo stuff.

In this wry and whimsical memoir, Hillerman offers frequent backward glances at where he found ideas for plots of his books and the characters that inhabit them. He takes us with him to death row, where he interviews a man about to die in the gas chamber…[more]

Book:Dashiell Hammett: A Daughter Remembers

Dashiell Hammett: A Daughter Remembers

Josephine Hammett, Richard Laymon, Julie M. Rivett

For more than forty years, since the day her illustrious father died, Jo Hammett has kept her silence. Now, for the first time, with uncompromising candor and profound admiration, she tells the story of Dashiell Hammett—Hollywood screenwriter and high-flying author of The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man—as she knew him. In Jo Hammett’s earliest recollections, although her already famous father exists outside the sphere of the daily life she shares with her mother and sister, he writes to Jo frequently and visits when he can. Jo’s memories of him are golden: She recalls a trip to the Santa Anita racetrack in a chauffeur-driven limousine, where Hammett plays more on the horses than he can afford; she recalls a Depression-era excursion to Beverly Hills and a splurge that would have supported an entire family for a month—on a riding outfit. With more ambivalence, she remembers the 1950s, when she assumes her responsibility as the sole designated correspondent with her blacklisted, imprisoned father and her…[more]

Book:The History of Mystery

The History of Mystery

Max Allan Collins

Footprints, a smoking revolver, broken glass . . . Whodunit? Get to the bottom of things with Max Allan Collins, who puts the enigmatic, endlessly fascinating world of the mystery genre under the magnifying glass in The History of Mystery. Starting with Edgar Allan Poe’s fictional detective Dupin, Collins tracks the modern detective story from its birth in Allan Pinkerton’s Memoirs to its fullest flowering in the fiction of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Ross MacDonald. Collins widens his scope to explore the rich narrative and visual history of detective comics and the legacy of mystery in radio, television, and film noir. This stunning volume presents a magical selection of pulp and dime-novel covers of the thirties and forties, gats-and-gals paperback covers of the fifties and sixties, the Sunday strips’ yellow-trenchcoat-clad Dick Tracy, and portraits of the terribly proper and totally astute television dynamos Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Jessica Fletcher. En route, Collins reveals…[more]

Book:Who Was That Lady? Craig Rice: The Queen of Screwball Mystery

Who Was That Lady? Craig Rice: The Queen of Screwball Mystery

Jeffrey Marks

Craig Rice, the author of fourteen novels, countless short stories, and a number of true crime pieces, once rivaled Agatha Christie in sales. She was on the cover of Time Magazine in 1946. However, the past fifty years have seen her fall into relative obscurity. Rice made for an interesting subject for a biography because nearly every identification point about the author was in dispute: her birth, her real name, her number of marriages, number of children, her canon of fiction, and the cause of her early death. Marks had to wade through years of research to come up with the answers to those questions. Following a trail that went from Venice, Italy to Venice Beach, CA, he talked to a number of her contemporaries, her family, and friends to come up with an engaging book that reminds readers why Rice remains the undisputed queen of the comedic mystery.

Book:Writing the Mystery

Writing the Mystery: A Start to Finish Guide for Both Novice and Professional

G. Miki Hayden

Acclaimed mystery and science fiction writer G. Miki Hayden brings her experience and reverence for the craft to readers in this authoritative guide to creating a compelling and commercially viable mystery.

Writing the Mystery begins with a thorough exploration of the genre, and then proceeds to take the reader step-by-step through the writing process, starting with character and plot development, the nitty-gritty of word choice, grammar, and sentence structure, maintaining pace, revealing killers, and tying up loose ends. G. Miki then goes one step further in guiding the reader through the post-writing process, explaining manuscript preparation, cover letters, acquiring an agent, and methods of successful promotion.

Writing the Mystery concludes each section with in-depth exercises, putting the lessons of the chapter into practice.…[more]

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