Books to Die For Title: Books to Die For
Release: October 2, 2012


Books to Die For is a unique, must-have anthology for any fan of the mystery genre, featuring personal essays from 120 of the world’s most beloved and renowned crime writers on the mysteries and thrillers that they most admire, edited by two of their own—John Connolly and Declan Burke.

Tana French on The Secret History by Donna Tartt; Jo Nesbø on Jim Thompson’s Pop. 1280; Kathy Reichs on The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris; Michael Connelly on Raymond Chandler’s The Little Sister, and Charlaine Harris on Geoffrey Household’s Rogue Male: these are just a few of the 120 internationally bestselling mystery writers showcased in this collection—a book every reader of crime fiction should own.

In the most ambitious anthology of its kind ever compiled, each author pays a deeply personal tribute to one mystery that means the most to them, explaining why that book affects them and how it has influenced their own work. This collection presents a treasure trove of works in the mystery genre by the people who know it best, and is an essential guide for all readers and writers.

Including Max Allan Collins on Mickey Spillane's I, the Jury.

Reviews “A delectable treat for mystery lovers.”

The Telegraph: “Indispensable.”

Huntington News: “Get your hands on this book and devour it.”

The News Tribune: “A sumptuous exploration of some of the best mystery authors of our time . . . Books to Die For is a resource readers will want to keep for decades."

Irish Examiner: “Books to Die For will thrill the individual mystery lover as much as it will prove an essential reference for the shelves of lending libraries. A vast, comprehensive undertaking, it is that rare breed of anthology of interest to both the initiated and the newcomer. Indeed, like the ideal mystery novel itself, this is a page-turner with an addictive quality.”


2013 Edgar Nominee, Best Critical/Biographical

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