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Acknowledgments  ......................................................................................ix
Introduction...     .  .   .................................................................................. xi
            An Overview of This Book..................................................xi
            Developing an Interest in Readers' Advisory....................................xii
            The Sub-Genres of Mystery Fiction .................................................xiii
            The Appeal of a Series Character......................................................xiv
            Additional Appeals of the Mystery Series .........................................xv

Part 1: Introduction to Mystery Fiction
    Chapter 1: Advising the Mystery Reader ........................................................3
        How Can My Reference Staff Become Readers' Advisory Librarians? ..........3
        Is There a Readers' Advisory Interview Like the Reference Interview?........4
        What Is It About Mystery Fiction That Appeals to Readers? ......................6
        What Is the Goal for a Good Readers' Advisory Contact? ........................10
        What Reference Tools Are Available to Help a Librarian? .......................11
        How Can a Library Train Its Staff to Be Better Readers' Advisory Librarians? ...............................12
        Book Discussions.......................................................................................13
    Chapter 2: Collection Development and Preservation .................................15
        Building the Mystery Collection................................................................15
        Maintaining the Mystery Collection ..........................................................16
        Weeding the Mystery Collection ............................................................... 16
        Awards......................................................        17
        Critics' Choices..........................................................................................20

    Chapter 3: The History of the Mystery ..........................................................21
        The Origins  (1845).....................................................................................21
        The Developmental Years (1887-1920) ....................................................22
        The Golden Age of Mystery Fiction (1920-1947) ....................................22
        The Quiet Years (1947-1970) ...................................................................23
        The Second Golden Age (1970-1990) ......................................................24
        The Money Years (1990-2000) .................................................................26
        The Promise of the Future Is a Third Golden Age (2001 and Beyond).....27

Part 2: The Literature
    Chapter 4: Amateur Detectives.......................................................................31
        Traditional Classic Detectives ............................................................................31
        The Historical Founding Members ............................................................32
        Eccentric Detectives ........................................   ......................................37

                                          




    Chapter 4: Amateur Detectives (cont.)
         The Historical Founding Members............................................................37
         The Golden Agers and Beyond..................................................................54
         Amateur Detectives............................................................................................64
         The Historical Founding Members............................................................64
         The Golden Agers and Beyond..................................................................77
         The Modem Practitioners..........................................................................92
    Chapter 5: Public Detectives ......................................................................... 141
        Police Detectives..............................................................................................143
         The Historical Founding Members..........................................................143
         The Golden Agersand Beyond................................................................146
         The Modern Practitioners........................................................................192
        Lone Wolf Police .............................................................................................251
         The Historical Founding Members.................................................251
         Beyond the Golden Agers ........................................................................257
         The Modem Practitioners........................................................................259
        Detectives Who Support the Police.................................................................276
         The Historical Founding Members..........................................................276
         The Modem Practitioners........................................................................279
        Lawyer Detectives ...........................................................................................289
         The Historical Founding Members..........................................................289
         The Golden Agers and Beyond................................................................290
         The Modem Practitioners ........................................................................298
    Chapter 6: Private Detectives........................................................................311
        Private Detectives.........................................................................................313
         The Historical Founding Members..........................................................313
         The Golden Agers and Beyond...............................................................319
         The Modem Practitioners ........................................................................360
        Crime Specialist Detectives .............................................................................402
         The Historical Founding Members..........................................................402
         The Modem Practitioners.......................................................................409
        Ex-Cop Detectives ...........................................................................................420
         The Historical Founding Members..........................................................420
         The Golden Agers and Beyond................................................................431
         The Modem  Practitioners........................................................................435
        Rogue Detectives ............................................................................................440
         The Historical Founding Members..........................................................440
         The Golden Agers and Beyond................................................................443
         The Modem Practitioners ........................................................................461
         Appendix..................................................................................................473
         Author Index              ............................................................................................489
         Title Index ..........................................................................................493
         Character Index ........................................................................................545
         Subject Index              ...........................................................................................549
         Locations Index........................................................................................577





Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Detective and mystery stories Bibliography, Detective and mystery stories Stories, plots, etc