Publication: Penzler Publishers, 2023, New York
First edition. Signed by the editor on the title page. As new, unread copy in dust jacket. A nice introduction by Otto Penzler and fourteen wonderful bibliomysteries from the Golden Age of the mystery genre (the decades between the two World Wars). These are stories that involve crimes set, somehow, in the world of books - stories that feature a book scout as a sleuth, for example, or that find a literary heir killing to preserve an estate. Perhaps because it deals with a subject that authors know well, this type of plot comes up throughout the history of the genre. This volume collects the finest of such stories written by American authors during the Golden Age of mystery. It includes works by household names such as Ellery Queen, Cornell Woolrich, Carolyn Wells and John Dickson Carr, and less-remembered writers such as James Gould Cozzens, Frederick Irving Anderson, Lillian De La Torre and Lawrence Blochman.
Inventory Number: 51243