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BARZUN AND TAYLOR'S CLASSIC CRIME NOVELS


Jacques Barzun and Wendell Hertig Taylor in their A Catalogue of Crime (Rev. & Enl. Edition, 1989) include descriptions of works the authors consider Classics of Crime, 1900-1975. Ninety novels are selected by them and are listed below. In the Preface to their indispensable book, the authors write:"...the novice eager to explore can by browsing through our pages discover examples of the type of story he might like. The brief comments give a glimpse of contents and quality, and by stressing certain points help to develop a critical taste. As for the collector who regularly scans dealers' catalogues, he can, by consulting the index and the entry, ascertain facts to guide his purchases. Finally, students of the literature - a growing body inside and outside the academy - will find here a storehouse of materials usable in teaching and research."

The Big Clock, Harcourt

Kenneth Fearing novel 1980
Never Pick Up Hitch Hikers

Ellis Peters 1976
The Man Who Liked To Look At Himself

K. C. Constantine 1973
The Night Hunters

John Miles 1973
Finding Maubee

A.H.Z. Carr 1971
The Fly On The Wall

Tony Hillerman 1971
High Tide

P. M. Hubbard 1970
On The Shady Side

Frank Swinnerton 1970
Swift To Its Close

Simon Troy 1969
Just What The Doctor Ordered

Colin Watson 1969
Gideons River

John Creasey (J. J. Marric) 1968
The Crayfish Dinner Or The Elusive Epicure

Carlton Keith 1966
Murder Makes The Wheels Go Round

Emma Lathen 1966
Salt Is Leaving

J.B. Priestley 1966
Johnny Under Ground

Patricia Moyes 1965
In The Last Analysis

Amanda Cross 1964
A Sad Song Singing

Thomas Blanchard Dewey 1963
Dead Cert

Dick Francis 1962
The Bronze Perseus Or The Tender Killer

S.B. Hough 1962
Cover Her Face Faber and Faber

P. D. James novel 1962
Killed By Scandal

Simon Nash 1962
Death Finds A Foothold

Glun Carr 1961
The Dead Past

Jean Scholey 1961
Furious Old Women

Leo Bruce 1960
Swan Song Or The Chinese Goose

Helen Robertson 1960
Suffer A Witch

Nigel Fitzgerald 1958
Too Much Of Water

Bruce Hamilton 1958
Murder Of A Wife

Henry Kuttner 1958
The Second Man

Edward Grierson 1956
The Pub Crawler

Maurice Proctor 1956
Exit Charlie

Alex H. Atkinson 1955
Stone Cold Dead In The Market

Christopher Landon 1955
The Hammersmith Maggot Or Small Venom

William Mole 1955
The Narrowing Circle

Julian Symons 1954
Such Friends Are Dangerous

Walter Tyrer 1954
The Missing Man

Hillary Waugh 1954
Dead Low Tide

John MacDonald 1953
The Singing Sands

Josephine Tey novels 1953
The Deep End

Fredric Brown novel 1952
The Body In The Beck

Joanna Cannan 1952
The Key To Nicholas Street

Stanley Ellin 1952
Oneman Show

Michael Innes 1952
A Banner For Pegasus Or Not In The Script

John & Emery Bonett 1951
Death And Letters

Elizabeth Daly 1950
No Tears For Hilda

Andrew Garve 1950
The Congo Venus

Matthew Head 1950
Smallbone Deceased

Michael Gilbert novels 1950
The Drowning Pool

Ross Macdonald Lew Archer novels 1950
The Dark River

Philip Clark 1949
Buried for Pleasure

Edmund Crispin novel 1949

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