The Times Online published a review a day or so ago of a new reference work, British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia edited by Barry Forshaw. We rarely review reference material, so we appreciate reviewer Marcel Berlins' take on this new book.
Somewhat to his surprise, he finds "no inexplicable gaps nor entries criminally excluded." He notes that most of the 800-plus pages over two volumes deal with individual authors, but other entries analyze the history and development of the genre, and is particularly impressive in its wide range of associated issues.
Berlins praises the editor, Barry Forshaw, for his depth of knowledge on the subject and also the excellence and expertise of the contributors he has chosen, among which are academics and commentators who are themselves successful crime writers.
Already available in the UK, British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia is scheduled for release here in the US in late February and may be pre-ordered from Amazon.com.
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