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Editor Otto Penzler-- proprietor of one of the oldest and largest mystery specialist bookstores in the country, New York's "The Mysterious Bookshop", and renowned mystery fiction editor whose credits include series editor for the Best American Crime Writing and Best American Mystery Stories, among many others and about whom Robert B. Parker himself once wrote, "Otto Penzler knows more about crime fiction than most people know about anything".

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In Pursuit of 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.

Year: 2012     Genre: Biographyon Writing

The Big Book of Adventure Stories

Everyone loves adventure, and Otto Penzler has collected the best adventure stories of all time into one mammoth volume. With stories by Jack London, O. Henry, H. Rider Haggard, Alastair MacLean, Talbot Mundy, Cornell Woolrich, and many others, this wide-reaching and fascinating volume contains some of the best characters from the most thrilling adventure tales, including The Cisco Kid; Sheena, Queen of the Jungle; Bulldog Drummond; Tarzan; The Scarlet Pimpernel; Conan the Barbarian; Hopalong Cassidy; King Kong; Zorro; and The Spider.

Year: 2011     Genre: Adventure

The Big Book of Female Detectives

For the first time ever, Otto Penzler gathers the most iconic women of the detective canon over the past 150 years, captivating and surprising readers in equal measure. The 74 handpicked stories in this collection introduce us to the most determined of gumshoe gals, from debutant detectives to spinster sleuths, from groundbreaking female cops to contemporary crime-fighting P.I.s, and include indelible tales from Agatha Christie, Carolyn Wells, Edgar Wallace, L. T. Meade and Robert Eustace, Sara Paretsky, Nevada Barr, Linda Barnes, Laura Lippman, and many more.

Year: 2018     Genre: Detective Fiction

The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories

Otto Penzler collects eighty-three wonderful stories about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, published over a span of more than a hundred years. Featuring pitch-perfect cases by acclaimed modern-day Sherlockians Leslie S. Klinger, Laurie R. King, Lyndsay Faye and Daniel Stashower; pastiches by literary luminaries both classic (P. G. Wodehouse, Dorothy B. Hughes, Kingsley Amis) and current (Anne Perry, Stephen King, Colin Dexter); and parodies by Conan Doyle's contemporaries A. A. Milne, James M. Barrie, and O. Henry, not to mention genre-bending cases by science-fiction greats Poul Anderson and Michael Moorcock.

Year: 2015     Genre: Detective Fiction

The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories

An unstoppable anthology of crime stories culled from Black Mask magazine the legendary publication that turned a pulp phenomenon into literary mainstream. Black Mask was the apotheosis of noir. It was the magazine where the first hardboiled detective story, which was written by Carroll John Daly appeared. It was the slum in which such American literary titans like Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler got their start, and it was the home of stories with titles like "Murder Is Bad Luck," "Ten Carets of Lead," and "Drop Dead Twice."

Year: 2010     Genre: Detective Fiction

The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries

The Most Complete Collection of Impossible Crime Stories Ever Assembled, with puzzling mysteries by Stephen King, Dashiell Hammett, Lawrence Block, Agatha Christie, Georges Simenon, Dorothy L. Sayers, P. G. Wodehouse, Erle Stanley Gardner, and many, many more

Year: 2014     Genre: Detective FictionLocked Room

The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps

Weighing in at over a thousand pages, containing over forty-seven stories and two novels, this book is big baby, bigger and more powerful than a freight train--a bullet couldn't pass through it. Here are the best stories and every major writer who ever appeared in celebrated Pulps like Black Mask, Dime Detective, Detective Fiction Weekly, and more. These are the classic tales that created the genre and gave birth to hard-hitting detectives.

Year: 2007     Genre: Crime Fiction

Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!

Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! is the darkest, the living-deadliest, scariest--and dare we say most tasteful--collection of zombie stories ever assembled. It's so good, it's a no-brainer.

Year: 2011     Genre: HorrorZombies

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Want ItGot ItRead ItYearTitle

2007The Black Lizard Big Book of PulpsCrime Fiction
2010The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask StoriesDetective Fiction
2011The Big Book of Adventure StoriesAdventure
2011Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!Horror, Zombies
2012In Pursuit of Spenser
Mystery Writers on Robert B. Parker and the Creation of an American Hero
Biography, on Writing, Spenser, Non-Fiction
2014The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room MysteriesDetective Fiction, Locked Room
2015The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes StoriesDetective Fiction, Short Stories
2018The Big Book of Female DetectivesDetective Fiction, Short Stories




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