About this book
A celebration of the best in crime writing through the ages from the world's pre-eminent crime writer, P.D. James. Traces the genre from its birth with writers such as Wilkie Collins and Dostoevsky, through Conan Doyle to the golden age with the rise of Agatha Christie. There are also chapters on great American crime writers.
Presents crime fiction to bear on this personal history of the genre, from the birth of the detective story, through Wilkie Collins and Conan Doyle, to the golden age of crime and the rise of Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers, Ngaio Marsh and Margery Allingham.
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