For more than a century, the mystery and detective story has been among the most popular forms of fiction in bookstores and libraries. Some writers (Edgar Allan Poe or Dashiell Hammett, for example) have attracted a considerable body of critical response; others have been the focus of less scrutiny. This bibliography is intended for the student, general reader, or mystery buff who needs some basic information about the mystery genre and its representative authors. Selective, rather than exhaustive, it serves as an introduction. Entries on the life and work of seventy-five writers from Margery Allingham, Raymond Chandler, and Amanda Cross to P.D. James, John D. MacDonald, Edgar Allan Poe, Ellery Queen, and Georges Simenon appear.
J.Randolph Cox is reference and government documents librarian with the rank of Associate Professor at Saint Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota. He has published widely in diverse periodicals. He is the editor of a collection of essays in honors of the twentieth anniversary of The Armchair Detective, called Tad-Schrift (Brownstone Books, 1987), and with William J. Scheik, he compiled H.G. Wells: A Reference Guide (G.K. Hall, 1988). He is a contributor to the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Twentieth Century Crime and Mystery Writers, and the Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection.