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The Lineup

The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives

by Otto Penzler (Editor)

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The Lineup by Otto Penzler (Editor)
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  • Published in USA  Nov 2009
    416 pages
    Genre: Short Stories/Essays

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A great recurring character in a series you love becomes an old friend. You learn about their strange quirks and their haunted pasts and root for them every time they face danger. But where do some of the most fascinating sleuths in the mystery and thriller world really come from?

What was the real-life location that inspired Michael Connelly to make Harry Bosch a Vietnam vet tunnel rat? Why is Jack Reacher a drifter? How did a brief encounter in Botswana inspire Alexander McCall Smith to create Precious Ramotswe? In The Lineup, some of the top mystery writers in the world tell about the genesis of their most beloved characters - or, in some cases, let their creations do the talking.

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"An all-star cast produces a mostly rewarding collection." - Kirkus Reviews

"Every mystery lover needs to get this book and savor it as the special experience with special individuals that it is. The Lineup belongs on the reference shelf of aspiring mystery writers working on creating new protagonists. Every one of these authors awaits spending time with you. ... Plan on many sleepless nights until you turn the last page. This is THAT good." - Armchair Interviews

"For any reader who loves the characters of crime fiction, this is what the PDR is to medicine – a revealing look into the psyches and evolution of some of our most beloved characters, and a realistic look at the authors who leaves themselves on every page. ... Superb reading." - The Review Broads

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Otto Penzler is the proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City, and the editor of many mystery anthologies, including The Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection, for which he won an Edgar Award. He lives in New York.

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