Thursday, December 2, 2010

Night Forms by Francis M. Nevins

Perfect Crime Books presents another fine offering with this anthology of twenty-eight Francis M. Nevins short stories that first appeared in publications such as Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. A two time Edgar winner, Mr. Nevins has been delivering top-notch tales for more than forty years featuring series characters like lawyer Loren Mensing, cop Gene Holt, and, my personal favorite, criminal Milo Turner.

A big highlight of this omnibus is Mr. Nevins' introduction in which he writes about his friendship with Frederic Dannay, one-half of the famous Ellery Queen team. A fan of mystery and suspense tales shouldn't miss this one.

8 comments:

Chad said...

He also wrote the authoritive study of Cornell Woolrich--First You Dream, Then You Die. It's an impressive book, if you like Woolrich at all it's more than worth checking out.

David Cranmer said...

I'm a big fan of Woolrich's writing and didn't know about this book. Thanks, Chad.

James Reasoner said...

I'm reading NIGHT FORMS now and enjoying it a lot. I second your recommendation of it.

pattinase (abbott) said...

A name I knew well once but had forgotten. Thanks for the reminder.

Chad said...

You're welcome. Hope you dig it.

I could be mistaken but I think he's also...I don't know how to describe, the person in charge of administering the rights to Woolrich's work.

David Cranmer said...

James, Perfect Crime is on one heck of a roll.

Patti, A worthwhile reunion this collection is.

Chad, I just realized that speaking of Woolrich, one of my sisters swiped a copy of FRIGHT before I finished it!

Jodi MacArthur said...

This sounds fantastic. I've subscribed to AHMM for years. And Ellery Queen on and off. His name doesn't ring a bell, but I'm sure I've read his work. Thanks for the heads up!

Dave King said...

Does sound too good to miss!