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John Connolly; Declan Burke
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Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's. Books to Die for: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's.

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John Connolly signing a copy of The Black Angel, 2005. The seventh book in the Charlie Parker series, The Reapers, was published in 2008.

In Books to Die For more than 120 crime fiction writers, including many star names, write an essay on a crime . Choices are frequently and interestingly unexpected

In Books to Die For more than 120 crime fiction writers, including many star names, write an essay on a crime novel that they greatly admire or have been most influenced by. Choices are frequently and interestingly unexpected. So, for instance, John Banville plugs a Mickey Spillane and Jeffery Deaver praises Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Tough purveyors of violent noir plump for gentle cosies and there are many authors lauded who, to my embarrassment, I have never read (Scott Smith and Daniel Woodrell are just two of them)

In this book, Connolly and Burke ask several esteemed authors to reveal the writers who have influenced them.

It's certainly a broad church, and as with any book like this, there will be inclusions and omissions that raise eyebrows. What is particularly good about this collection though is that the essays are short, easy to read and devoid of pretentious critical twaddle. In this book, Connolly and Burke ask several esteemed authors to reveal the writers who have influenced them. Writers like Ellroy who as Connolly noted, will not be around forever, explain their choces of the books that made them want to write.

ABOUT JOHN CONOLLY and DECLAN BURKE. This brings us to the second purpose of this book. Index of contributing and subject authors. Because of the personal nature of the attachment that the contributors have to their chosen books, you will, in many cases, learn something about the contributor as well as the subject, and not a little about the art and craft of writing along the way.

John Connolly, Declan Burke

John Connolly, Declan Burke. With so many mystery novels to choose from and so many new titles appearing each year, where should the 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 champion the greatest mystery novels ever written

Books to Die For book.

Books to Die For book. Shelves: non-fiction, mcpl-book, reference, 19, books-about-books, crime-fiction. The subtitle for Books to Die For (2012) by John Connolly & Declan Burke is The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels.

Winner of the 2013 Agatha, Anthony and the Macavity Awards for Best Crime Non-Fiction. by John Connolly, Declan Burke. You are in the South Africa store.

Uk 1st Edition hardback book. smoke free home. Never read.
  • Arith
Excellent collection of essays. I would highly recommend this book to any reader looking for a new crime writer or crime novel. The contributors come from all over the world and the books go all the way back to the 19th century and go forward for over a hundred years. Interesting read. Michael Connelly on Raymond Chandler is especially thoughtful.
  • Llallayue
I suspect I will be returning to this book often as I work my way through the mystery novel genre. The essays are short and sweet, as all mystery novels should be. the authors of the essays briefly sets up the plotline of each of the books and then dives in quickly and ,of course, stylishly into the reason why they chose to write about that specific author and that specific book. The essays are enjoyable because the essay writers are delving into an area of their passion and they are telling you, the reader, WHY they feel this particular book is representative of the best of that author. Brilliant.
  • Enone
This is not a mystery but authors writing about other authors' mystery novels. A great idea; a clever title.
1. Authors provide great insight, and some fun, each one examining their favorite work by some other mystery writer.
2. I discovered some new authors whose books I'd indeed die for.
  • Rigiot
I found this book extremely informative and enjoyable. Some of the authors were new to me and others were like meeting old friends after a long absence. I will use this book as reference in the future to sample writers unknown to me,and to re-read old favorites. I would highly recommend this book. I found it best to read just a few reviews at a time. Anyone who loves mysteries will love this book
  • Linn
The world's leading mystery writers have, in their inimitable way, dissected some of the greatest mystery novels ever written. In a series of short essays that often reveal as much about themselves, their own work, often how they were influenced by a particular book they are still passionate about. Fascinating that these people felt so strongly about a book they read, to some it was a life changing experience. Find a writer or a book you admire and travel a little journey with them or discover how another writer found that book or person. Books to Die For is the most ambitious anthology of its kind.
  • Lightwind
Great reference for the crime/mystery genre - I liked the mix of well known works with the fairly obscure. While you may not actually read all the works reviewed, the fan will probably enjoy reading the essays about them
  • Kelerius
Maybe first thing necessary when dealing with 560 pages of essays involving critique and commentary of famous authors and their particular crime novels is to get to the nitty-gritty of working at a quickened pace. To my way of thinking you do that by speed-reading through chapters deemed uninteresting from the git-go.

Essays of personal favored authors and their stories included: Charles Willford, Elmore Leonard, Richard Stark, Ed McBain, Ross MacDonald, George V. Higgens, and James Crumley. Then there was Geoffrey Household and Jean-Patrick Manchette. Next in line more or less (since I was jumping all over the place) was Dame Agatha Christie, Edgar Allan Poe, Wilkie Collins, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, Raymond Chandler, Patricia Highsmith, John D. MacDonald, Thomas Harris, James Sallis, Scott Smith, James Ellroy, Scott Phillips, and the master lyricist of them all... James Lee Burke.

I'm not saying I ignored the rest of the authors or their works... just saying how I deal with full coverage of the material.

I might add at this point that my all time personal favorite crime novel is Day of the Jackal (and I might add the novel is well represented by the editors). One thing I wished is that the editors included Robert McCammon and Dean Koontz. Mine by Robert McCammon features a tale concerning a 6' tall female former hippie and delusional sociopath killer with a penchant for stealing babies. And that novel is a classic of the genre. Then of course there is Dean Koontz and the intensity of his character: Edgler Foreman Vess.

But when all is said and done, and despite the aforementioned possibly offbeat exclusions, the effort expended by the editors (and authors providing the essays) is well presented and achieved. And so far as I'm concerned, as a whole, the reading time was well spent.

I thoroughly enjoyed every page of Books To Die For and each selection of story or author chosen and each comment made.
The title says it all: 119 authors from 20 countries share the one mystery that is the most important one they've read. With this many authors represented, there's a wide range of books being shared, and one of the joys of reading a book like this is agreeing-- or disagreeing-- with each author's choice.

Each essay also tells us a bit about the author writing it, and as I read, I also found myself learning not only about the authors and the books chosen, but about the history and evolution of crime fiction as well. Books to Die For is a feast on many levels.

For me, this wasn't a book that I started reading at page one and worked my way steadily through to the end. No, I had two lines of attack. One was to find my favorite authors to see what their favorite books were. Louise Penny? Josephine Tey's The Franchise Affair. Deborah Crombie? P.D. James' Cover Her Face. Ann Cleeves? Henning Mankell's The Man Who Smiled. And the list goes on.

My second line of attack was to find one of my favorite books to see which author recommended it above all others. Peter Temple's The Broken Shore? John Harvey. Charles Dickens' Bleak House? Sara Paretsky. And so it goes. The reasoning behind each choice was often fascinating and illuminating.

One thing that I can guarantee about reading this book is that your own reading lists will expand. I was intrigued by authors and books I'd never heard of as well as by lesser known books by authors I was very familiar with. Read Books to Die For at your own peril for you will be consumed by the hunt for more mysteries to read!