Author(s): P.D. James
From the birth of crime writing with Wilkie Collins and Dostoevsky, through Conan Doyle to the golden age of crime, with the rise of Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh and Margery Allingham, P.D. James brings a lifetime of reading and writing crime fiction to bear on this personal history of the genre. There are chapters on great American crime writers - the likes of Patricia Highsmith, Raymond Carver, and Dashiel Hammett. James also discusses many of her favourite detectives, from Sherlock Holmes to Philip Marlowe.