The Art of Mystery & Detective Stories

by Peter Haining

Chartwell Books, Inc., Secaucus, New Jersey. 1977. Oversized hardcover (8 X 10) in dust jacket. Slick cover is identical to the jacket. 176 pages. Profusely illustrated in B&W.

The book covers a myriad of illustrations that have graced mystery and detective fiction for over a century. Many early book illustrations. Some magazine cover illustrations reproduced in black & white, with only a few pages in color. Various types of interior B&W art work, much of it very dramatic, in publications from the penny-dreadfuls through the pulp era. The book ends its one-hundred year study in the 1940's, at the height of Black Mask and Dick Tracy.