Annal: 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Award® for Best Critical/Biographical Work

Results of the Edgar Allan Poe Award® in the year 2013.

Book:The Scientific Sherlock Holmes

The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics

James O'Brien

One of the most popular and widely known characters in all of fiction, Sherlock Holmes has an enduring appeal based largely on his uncanny ability to make the most remarkable deductions from the most mundane facts. The very first words that Sherlock Holmes ever says to Dr. Watson are, “How are you? You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive.” Watson responds, “How on earth did you know that?” And so a crime-solving legend is born.

In The Scientific Sherlock Holmes, James O’Brien provides an in-depth look at Holmes’s use of science in his investigations. Indeed, one reason for Holmes’s appeal is his frequent use of the scientific method and the vast scientific knowledge which he drew upon to solve mysteries. For instance, in heart of the book, the author reveals that Holmes was a pioneer of forensic science, making use of fingerprinting well before Scotland Yard itself had adopted the method. One of the more appealing…[more]

Book:Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers

Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels

John Connolly, Declan Burke

The world’s greatest mystery writers on the world’s greatest mystery novels:

  • Michael Connelly on The Little Sister
  • Kathy Reichs on The Silence of the Lambs…
  • Mark Billingham on The Maltese Falcon…
  • Ian Rankin on I Was Dora Suarez…

With so many mystery novels to choose among, and so many new titles appearing each year, where should a reader start? What are the classics of the genre? Which are the hidden gems?

In the most ambitious anthology of its kind yet attempted, the world’s leading mystery writers have come together to…[more]

Book:In Pursuit of Spenser

In Pursuit of Spenser: Mystery Writers on Robert B. Parker and the Creation of an American Hero

Otto Penzler

A Tribute to Robert B. Parker and His Greatest Creation: Spenser.

Join award-winning mystery editor Otto Penzler and a first-rate lineup of mystery writers as they go in pursuit of Spenser and the man who created him, Robert B. Parker. These are the writers who knew Parker best professionally and personally, sharing memories of the man, reflections on his impact on the genre, and insights into what makes Spenser so beloved.

Ace Atkins, the author chosen to take up Parker’s pen and continue the Spenser series, relates the formative impact Spenser had on him as a young man; gourmet cook Lyndsay Faye describes the pleasures of Spenser’s dinner table; Lawrence Block explains the irresistibility of Parker’s literary voice; and more. In Pursuit of Spenser pays tribute to Spenser, and Parker, with affection, humor, and a deep appreciation for what both have left behind. …[more]

Book:Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe

Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe: The Hard-Boiled Detective Transformed

John Paul Athanasourelis

Since their inception, detective novels have been a wildly successful genre of American fiction, featuring a uniquely American belief in rugged individualism. This book focuses on Raymond Chandler’s creation of Philip Marlowe, a detective whose feeling for community and willingness to compromise radically changed the genre’s vigilantism and violence. It compares Chandler’s work to early and mid-20th century American detective novels, particularly those by John Carroll Daly, Mickey Spillane, Dashiell Hammett and Ross Macdonald, as well as contemporary British detective fiction, highlighting Chandler’s contribution to the American genre.

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