Contributors and their subjects include Donald E. Westlake on Peter Rabe, Loren D. Estleman on Donald Hamilton, Bill Crider on Harry Whittington, Marvin Lachman on Ed Lacy, Max Allan Collins on Jim Thompson, Jon L. Breen on Vin Packer, George Kelley on Marvin H. Albert, Ed Gorman on Charles Williams, Will Murray on Don Pendleton and the Executioner series, and Dick Lochte on Warren Murphy. Each essay concludes with a checklist of the book titles discussed.
Jon L. Breen, Professor / Librarian at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, CA, is the author of four novels, most recently Touch of the Past (Walker, 1988), and a double Edgar winner in the biographical / critical category for What About Murder? and Novel Verdicts (Scarecrow, 1981, 1984). Martin Harry Greenberg, Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, is the editor of hundreds of short story anthologies, most of them in the science fiction or mystery fields.