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AMERICAN DETECTIVE, The ~ An Illustrated History

SIEGEL, Jeff

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ISBN 10: 0878338292 / ISBN 13: 9780878338290
Published by Taylor Publishing, TX, 1993
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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FINE condition in FINE dust jacket. HARDCOVER. 1993. FIRST EDITION. AS NEW, bound in gunmetal cloth and purple endpapers with Gumshoe Timeline printed in silver, wrapped in black and beige pictorial dust jacket. Square and tight, UNREAD, original price intact. Dust jacket has light lift to laminant bottom corner front, else FINE. '150 Years of Gumshoes, Snoops, and Private Eyes ~ From Archer to Nero Wolfe, here's everything you ever wanted to know about the American Detective.' Photographs and illustrations throughout. Bibliographical references, index. Bookseller Inventory # 000826

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Title: AMERICAN DETECTIVE, The ~ An Illustrated ...

Publisher: Taylor Publishing, TX

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Published by Taylor Publishing Co., Box 597, Dallas, TX 75221. A brief history with some 300 color and b&w illustrations of covers, posters, publicity shots of detective and spy stories, TV, and cinema. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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In the realms of literature and film, the only uniquely original American characters are the Wild West cowboy and the hard-boiled private investigator. Unfortunately, those native sons have received frivolous treatment, having been relegated mainly to B movies and penny dreadfuls. Siegel ( The Casablanca Companion , LJ 5/1/92) contends that the American detective as personified by Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade, Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe, and a few others is as worthy of respect as Huck Finn or Jay Gatsby. The text, complemented by over 300 illustrations (not seen), cover 150 years' worth of PIs, cops, lawyers, spies, and other assorted snoops and peepers from print, film, and TV whom Siegel believes fit the hard- and soft-boiled profile. Siegel delivers his information in a smart-alecky, I-don't-care-if-you-believe-me tone gumshoe fans will appreciate. Though several heavy-duty literary criticisms on the genre are available, Siegel's thorough and accessible examination helps pull the hard-boiled American detective out of the shadows and into the light. Recommended for public libraries and academic libraries supporting popular culture studies.
- Michael Rogers, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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