The third volume in this "indispensable" (Publishers Weekly) series offers more of our favorite fictional detectives' inaugural cases--and includes two never-before-published stories! From classic to contemporary, from hard-boiled to cozy, this wide-ranging collection includes a tale for every taste.
Praise for the First Cases series:
"[A] smashing concept." -- Mystery News
"A mystery fan's fantasy."-- St. Louis Dispatch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful: Excellent Overview of Contemporary Mysteries, January 5, 2002 Reviewer: Kent Braithwaite from Palm Desert, CA Robert Randisi has succeeded masterfully in pulling together a single volume of works that provides his reader with a brief, thorough, and excellent overview of contemporary mysteries. The stories in this collection feature the "first" cases of many of today's leading sleuths. Unlike many short story anthologies, there is a great range in tone and subject matter in this FIRST CASES volume. Some stories are cozies while others are hardboiled. All fit somewhere across our genre's spectrum. I was pointed to this short story collection by my favorite mystery bookseller. I told her I needed a fresh text for this upcoming semester's course on writing mystery short stories that I regularly teach in the California State University system. Students in that class usually have a wide range of writing interests, and FIRST CASES--VOLUME 3 provides models that can apply to their varying literary efforts. It features stories by Tony Hillerman, Gar Anthony Haywood, Laura Lippman, Lawrence Block, Maxine O'Callaghan, and Anne Perry, among others. There is even a Talmage Powell story dating from the mystery genre's pulp fiction years. I am quite pleased with this collection, and it is now among my course's required texts when this semester's course begins soon. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title