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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Otto Penzler Narrator: John Allen Nelson, Justine Eyre, John Lee Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781400183609
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The most venerated and bestselling authors in the mystery world reveal how they created their most beloved serial characters.

A great recurring character in a series you love becomes an old friend. You learn about their strange quirks and their haunted pasts and root for them every time they face danger. But where do some of the most fascinating sleuths in the mystery and thriller world really come from? What was the real-life location that inspired Michael Connelly to make Harry Bosch a Vietnam vet tunnel rat? Why is Lee Child’s Jack Reacher a drifter? How did a brief encounter in Botswana inspire Alexander McCall Smith to create Precious Ramotswe? In The Lineup, some of the top mystery writers in the world tell about the genesis of their most beloved characters—or, in some cases, let their creations do the talking. The following characters (and their creators) are featured in this collection:

  1. Jack Taylor by Ken Bruen
  2. Jack Reacher by Lee Child
  3. Hieronymus Bosch by Michael Connelly
  4. Charlie Parker by John Connolly
  5. Elvis Cole and Joe Pike by Robert Crais
  6. Lincoln Rhyme by Jeffery Deaver
  7. Inspector Morse by Colin Dexter
  8. Charlie Resnick by John Harvey
  9. Bob Lee Swagger by Stephen Hunter
  10. Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus by Faye Kellerman
  11. Alex Delaware by Jonathan Kellerman
  12. Dismas Hardy by John Lescroart
  13. Tess Monaghan by Laura Lippman
  14. Rambo by David Morrell
  15. Mallory by Carol O’Connell
  16. Spenser by Robert B. Parker
  17. Lou Boldt by Ridley Pearson
  18. Charlotte and Thomas Pitt by Anne Perry
  19. Aloysius X. L. Pendergast by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  20. John Rebus by Ian Rankin
  21. Precious Ramotswe by Alexander McCall Smith
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Quotes & Awards

  • The Lineup [is] an exciting omnibus volume that has widespread appeal and adds up to much, much more than the sum of its parts.”

    New York Times

  • “An all-star cast produces a mostly rewarding collection.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • An Edgar Allan Poe Award Winner
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About the Author
Author Otto Penzler

Otto Penzler is the proprietor of the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. He was publisher of The Armchair Detective, the founder of the Mysterious Press and the Armchair Detective Library, and created the publishing firm Otto Penzler Books. He is a two-time Edgar Award–winner and the recipient of the Ellery Queen Award. A New York Times bestselling editor of numerous anthologies, his work includes Murder for LoveMurder for RevengeMurder and ObsessionThe 50 Greatest Mysteries of All Time, and The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century. He lives in New York City.

About the Narrators

John Allen Nelson’s critically acclaimed roles on television’s 24 and Vanished are among the highlights of his twenty-five-plus years as an actor, screenwriter, and film producer. As a narrator, he won an AudioFile Earphones Award for his reading of Zoo Story by Thomas French.

Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated dozens of audiobooks and has a prestigious Audie Award and seven AudioFile Earphones Awards under her belt. Eyre is multilingual and known for her great facility with accents. She has appeared on stage, with leading roles in King Lear and The Crucible, and has had starring roles in four films on the indie circuit. Her television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.

John Lee has narrated more than 100 audiobooks. His work has garnered multiple Earphones Awards and won AudioFile‘s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics in both 2008 and 2009. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and co-produced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.