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Private Eyes: One Hundred and One Knights
A Survey of American Detective Fiction 1922–1984
Robert A. Baker and Michael T. Nietzel

Popular Culture

The private eye story, that acclaimed (and sometimes unfairly vilified) sub-genre of crime fiction, is important for the contributions of its best writers and for its influences on other aspects of popular culture (films, radio and television drama). The P.I.'s antecedents may be traced all the way back to Sherlock Holmes, himself a "private inquiry agent." These stories explore this sub-genre, and enlighten the reader to the vast influence of the private investigator novel.

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Cover features several hand-gripped revolvers pointing foreward with a shield in the middle.

Published 1985
LC: 85-070857 PS
394 pp.  6 x 9
6 b/w photos, 2 b/w illus.

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Paper $18.95 t
ISBN 978-0-87972-330-9
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