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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (192 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:
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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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 2/14/2014

    " I read about the detectives I normally read about: Lincoln Rhyme, Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, Alex Delaware, Lou Boldt & Aloysius X. Pendergast. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne Keehne | 2/7/2014

    " Good overview of greatest crime writers; interesting; gave me ideas re:who I would like to read more of in the future; American, British and Scotch authors, male & female. Interesting, but a little long. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/2/2014

    " I enjoy reading about my favorite leading characters from the mystery series that I read. I read the chapters first for the series I read and later went back to read about other characters I am not familiar with. I now have a list of new authors to try. There were a couple of chapters that I didn't finish because I didn't like the writer's style and now I know I wouldn't want to read one of their books. Very interesting because each author wrote their chapter however they wanted. Some were stories, others were like interviews with the character, and some were straight from the author about what inspired the series and their writing career. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 1/24/2014

    " Not quite what I was expecting (thought it'd be stories, and not insights on how author's came up with their ideas) but still enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesliebasney | 1/15/2014

    " This book has authors tell how they came up with their heros/antiheros. VERY interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jerrle Gericke | 1/9/2014

    " a collection of some famous and not-so-famous crime writers describing their main protagnonists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faith Wallis | 1/2/2014

    " So far, I have found at least 4 if not more authors that I want to explore that I've never read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 12/10/2013

    " Fascinating insights into the stories and background behind the characters in some of my favorite Mystery novels. John Connelly, Robert Crais, Lee Child and Ken Bruen's chapters were particularly interesting to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 11/11/2013

    " Want to know where Elvis Cole,Spenser,Jack Reacher,Harry Bosch or Joe Pike came from? In this collection of stories & interviews tell the inside story behind their greatest detectives. This is a must have for any fan of detective fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 10/11/2013

    " A very interesting book for the mystery/thriller junkie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronica | 9/23/2013

    " Some of the sections were better than others, of course, but overall I really enjoyed hearing the backstory of so many of my favorite mystery characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rex Fuller | 8/28/2013

    " Really enjoyed getting a direct, author's description of how they came to write their well-known series from Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Stephen Hunter and many others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ange | 7/8/2013

    " I only read the authors I knew, such as Ian Rankin, Alexander McCall Smith, and Michael Connoly. Enjoyed that part. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wren Kiluk | 7/5/2013

    " Some interesting essays but nothing too revealing. Only gets two stars because there are no surprises. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 6/10/2013

    " I did not read all the authors, but of what I did read, this book was well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 meghan | 10/4/2012

    " Super interesting to get sort of a behind-the-scenes look at how some of these authors came up with their hero (or antihero as the case may be). I now have even more mystery writers to look into - and at least one who I now know to avoid. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 3/17/2012

    " I am a big fan of mystery series and this book is a fantastic look into the world of some of my favorite authors. It is very interesting to hear how some of my favorite characters have been developed. I also have a couple new series that I will be checking out now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leo | 1/12/2012

    " Short biogrphys by different crime writing authors give you an insite of how they started and you also get to know how they came about with name of the main characters like Jack Reacher, Hieronimous Bosch, Elvis Cole, Joe Pike etc,,, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 11/22/2011

    " A must read for any mystery fan. It was fascinating to learn how certain characters came to be. Not only did I learn about several favorites but also have created a list of new mysteries to try based on the intriguing stories of their development "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jed Lamprey | 11/2/2011

    " A good compilation of detective writers and their creations. Some of them write about their character(s), and some actually write short stories starring them, to show what kind of characters they are. Gave me a lot of places to look for new books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 7/19/2011

    " What a great book! 20 mystery writers talk about their most famous characters. Really loved Anne Perry's and Laura Lippman's stories, and can't wait to read many of these authors for the first time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 4/29/2011

    " Really interesting book about fictional detectives told by their creators "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 12/18/2010

    " Really interesting book about fictional detectives told by their creators "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 10/22/2010

    " Want to know where Elvis Cole,Spenser,Jack Reacher,Harry Bosch or Joe Pike came from? In this collection of stories & interviews tell the inside story behind their greatest detectives. This is a must have for any fan of detective fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 7/14/2010

    " A must read for any mystery fan. It was fascinating to learn how certain characters came to be. Not only did I learn about several favorites but also have created a list of new mysteries to try based on the intriguing stories of their development "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 7/6/2010

    " Not quite what I was expecting (thought it'd be stories, and not insights on how author's came up with their ideas) but still enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/26/2010

    " Fascinating insights into the stories and background behind the characters in some of my favorite Mystery novels. John Connelly, Robert Crais, Lee Child and Ken Bruen's chapters were particularly interesting to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 2/20/2010

    " I am a big fan of mystery series and this book is a fantastic look into the world of some of my favorite authors. It is very interesting to hear how some of my favorite characters have been developed. I also have a couple new series that I will be checking out now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 12/21/2009

    " Good overview of greatest crime writers; interesting; gave me ideas re:who I would like to read more of in the future; American, British and Scotch authors, male & female. Interesting, but a little long. "

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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.