23 September 2010

Forgotten Book: THE CRIME OF MY LIFE, Brian Garfield (edit)

This week's contribution to Pattinase's Friday's Forgotten Books is a perfect illustration of the fact that I have always enjoyed short stories.
THE CRIME OF MY LIFE: Favorite Stories by Presidents of the Mystery Writers of America (1984) was an anthology.

MWA is of course the sponsor of the Edgar Awards.
However their records of their anthologies only go back to 2000, so I haven't been successful in finding a copy of the cover for THE CRIME OF MY LIFE.

I have however tracked the anthology's editor, Brian Garfield, down.
In 1976 he won the Edgar for Best Novel with HOPSCOTCH.
According to his website, there are 19 films, including HOPSCOTCH, based on his works.

He has indeed been a very prolific writer, just check the huge list of novels at Fantastic Fiction.
His pseudonyms are John Ives, Drew Mallory, Frank O'Brian.
He has written quite a range of genres: thrillers, Westerns, crime fiction, and even some historical fiction. His first published book was written when he was 18. He is publishing another thriller this year.


Anonymous said...

Kerrie - Thanks for this. I like short stories very much, too.

George said...

I liked all of Brian Garfield's novels. And, he edited some wonderful short story collections, too. The only effort that missed for me was his collaboration with Donald E. Westlake, GANGWAY.

Evan Lewis said...

Garfield's westerns (and there are a lot of them) are great too!


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