LACHMAN'S 
ONE HUNDRED NOTABLE 
AMERICAN NOVELS OF DETECTION


 
 

PERRY MASON

In his A Reader's Guide to the American Novel of Detection (1993), Marvin Lachman includes a list of "One Hundred Notable Novels of Detection." He writes: "Though I did consider historical importance, my primary concern was quality... The detective plot and the ingenuity and fairness of the solution are also basic to the detective story, so certain writers of the Golden Age of Detection (Queen, Carr and Stout) appear frequently. Yet also included are many more recent writers, people who have substituted regional insights, humor and exploration of social problems for sheer brilliance of puzzle. Though this list is, of course, subjective, it is based on 50 years of reading mysteries and 25 years of reviewing them."

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Anthony Abbot The Shudders
Earl Derr Biggers Charlie Chan Carries On
Herbert Brean Wilders Walk Away
Herbert Brean  Hardly a Man Is Stll Alive
Jon I. Breen Triple Crown
Robert Campbell The Junkyard Dog
John Dickson Carr Hag's Nook
John Dickson Carr The Three Coffins
Jojn Dickson Carr The Crooked Hinge
John Dickson Carr The Case of the Constant Suicides
John Dickson Carr Patrick Butler for the Defense
John Dickson Carr The Burning Court
Max Allan Collins Kill Your Darlings
Amanda Cross The James Joyce Murder
Amanda Cross Death in a Tenured Position
Barbara D'Amato The Hands of Healing Murder
Dorothy Salisbury Davis A Gentle Murder
Carter Dickson The Judas Window
Carter Dickson The Reader Is Warned
Carter Dickson The Gilded Man
Carter Dickson She Died a Lady
Carter Dickson He Wouldn't Kill Patience
Carter Dickson Fear Is the Same
Doris Miles Disney Method in Madness
Doris Miles Disney Who Rides a Tiger
Aaron Elkins Old Bones
Helen Eustis The Horizontal Man
Erle Stanley Gardner The Case of the Howling Dog
Erle Stanley Gardner The Case of the Counterfeit Eye
Erle Stanley Gardner The Case of the Lame Canary
Erle Stanley Gardner The Case of the Perjured Parrot
Erle Stanley Gardner The Case of the Crooked Candle
Erle Stanley Gardner The Case of the Black-Eyed Blonde
Alan Green What a Body!
Anna Katharine Green The Leavenworth Case
Frances Noyes Hart The Bellamy Trial
Matthew Head The Devil in the Bush
Tony Hillerman The Fly on the Wall
H. H. Holmes Nine Times Nine
H. H. Holmes Rocket to the Morgue
Jeffrey Hudson A Case of Need
Harry Kemelman Friday the Rabbi Slept Late
Harry Kemelman Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry
C. Daly King Obelists Fly High
Jane Langton Emily Dickinson Is Dead
Emma Lathen Banking on Death
Emma Lathen Accounting for Murder
Emma Lathen Murder Makes the Wheels Go Round
Emma Lathen Murder Against the Grain
Emma Lathen When in Greece
Frances & Richard Lockridge The Norths Meet Murder
Frances & Richard Lockridge Murder Out of Turn
Frances & Richard Lockridge The Dishonest Murder
Helen McCloy Through a Glass, Darkly
Pat McGerr Pick Your Victim
Charlotte MacLeod Rest You Merry
Lynn Meyer Paperback Thriller
Margaret Millar The Iron Gates
Margaret Millar Ask for Me Tomorrow
Margaret Millar Vanish in an Instant
Margaret Millar Beast in View
Richard A. Moore Death in the Past
Haughton Murphy Murder for Lunch
Francis M. Nevins, Jr. The 120-Hour Clock
Katherine Hall Page The Body in the Belfry
Stuart Palmer The Puzzle of the Blue Banderilla
Hugh Pentecost Remember to Kill Me
Nancy Pickard Generous Death
Nancy Pickard No Body
Marissa Piesman Unorthodox Practices
Ellery Queen The Roman Hat Mystery
Ellery Queen The French Powder Mystery
Ellery Queen The Greek Coffin Mystery
Ellery Queen The Egyptian Cross Mystery
Ellery Queen The Chinese Orange Mystery
Ellery Queen Calamity Town
Ellery Queen Cat of Many Tails
Patrick Quentin Puzzle for Puppets
Clayton Rawson Death from a Top Hat
Herbert Resnicow The Gold Gamble
Craig Rice 8 Faces at 3
Richard D. Rosen Strike Three You're Dead
Barnaby Ross The Tragedy of X
Barnaby Ross The Tragedy of Y
Henry Slesar The Gray Flannel Shroud
Charles Merrill Smith Reverand Randollph and the Wages of Sin
Jim Stinson Double Exposure
David Stout Carolina Skeletons
Rex Stout Fer-de-Lance
Rex Stout The Rubber Band
Rex Stout Too Many Cooks
Rex Stout Some Buried Caesar
Rex Stout The Silent Speaker
Rex Stout In the Best Families
Rex Stout  The Black Mountain
Rex Stout The Doorbell Rang
Rex Stout A Family Affair
Hake Talbot Rim of the Pit
Alice Tilton The Cut Direct
S. S. Van Dine The Greene Murder Case

 
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