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Death Sentences
05 Sep 2019 * PAPERBACK * £12 * 9781789545326

An anthology of 20 original stories about deadly books from the world's best crime writers.

Fiction / FF (Crime Fiction)
Extent: 784 pages  Format: 198 x 129 mm
Exclusive: GB AU NZ IN ZA SG   Not for sale: CA US
Best Crime Stories of the Year
Also by Otto Penzler
Death Sentences: Stories of Deathly Books, Murderous Booksellers and Lethal Literatureedited by Otto Penzler, introduction by Ian Rankin

'What treats you have in store!' IAN RANKIN.

Who knew literature could be so lethal? Here are 20 specially commissioned stories about deadly books from the world's best crime writers. By turns hair-raising and playful, packed with twists and turns, literary references and bookish conundrums, this is a treasure chest of bloodthirsty bibliophilia.

Death Sentences has stories to die for from:

Ian Rankin,
Jeffery Deaver,
Denise Mina,
C.J. Box,
Anne Perry,
Peter Robinson,
Stephen Hunter,
Ken Bruen,
Laura Lippman,
F. Paul Wilson,
Mickey Spillane & Max Allan Collins,
Joyce Carol Oates,
Peter Lovesey,
Megan Abbott,
R. L. Stine,
Andrew Taylor,
Joe R. Lansdale,
John Connolly,
Christopher Fowler and
Nelson DeMille.

Series editor Otto Penzler is the founder of the Mysterious Press (1975), Mysterious Press.com (2011) and New York City’s Mysterious Bookshop (1979). He has won a Raven, the Ellery Queen Award, two Edgars and lifetime achievement awards from Noircon and The Strand Magazine. He has edited more than 70 anthologies and written extensively about crime fiction.

Introduction by Ian Rankin.

Includes Ian Rankin's THE TRAVELLING COMPANION.

Also includes stories from Jeffery Deaver, Nelson DeMille, John Connolly, Andrew Taylor, C.J. Box.

MARKET: Crime fiction readers; collectable crime like British Library Crime Classics.


A treasure chest of bloodthirsty bibliophilia... A delightful, ingenious, specially commissioned anthology, both hair-raising and playful, packed with baffling plots, unlikely characters, literary references and bookish conundrums' Good Book Guide

'We tend to imagine book lovers, librarians and bibliophiles of all stripes as quiet, gentle folk. In Death Sentences, however, book lovers are bludgeoned to death by their precious tomes, crushed by falling bookshelves, shoved down library stairs, or blown to death by a bomb smuggled into their private library' Irish Examiner

'One of the finest multi-author collections in a long time' Sunday Herald

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