The Lineup: The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of their Detectivesby Penzler, Otto
The Lineup is a collection of essays from twenty-one of the most popular contemporary crime writers. Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Alexander McCall Smith, Anne Perry, and many other authors speak intimately of their fictional creations. Did you ever wonder how John Rambo (First Blood by David Morrell) or Jack Reacher (The Killing Floor by Lee Child) got their names? Many fascinating details are revealed as each author is given a chapter to describe their process for writing or provide background information on their beloved characters. Several of the writers describe how they began their careers and detail the peaks and valleys they have encountered in becoming best-selling authors.
This book is a must read for fans of the mystery/crime writing genre. It is enjoyable to read how some of the most popular characters in crime fiction were created. If you are a fan of Harry Bosch, Alex Delaware, Lincoln Rhyme, Tess Monaghan, or Elvis Cole, you can learn how these intriguing personalities were formed and found their way onto the page. One can also use this book discover new authors and characters that may become a future staple of their reading repertoire.
Reviewed by bb, 07/10. Other reviews by bb. Have you read this book? Tell us what you think!