Category List – Best Critical / Biographical Work

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2014 Best Critical / Biographical Work America is Elsewhere: The Noir Tradition in the Age of Consumer Culture Erik Dussere Oxford University Press
2014 Best Critical / Biographical Work Ian Fleming Andrew Lycett St. Martin's Press
2014 Best Critical / Biographical Work Maigret, Simenon and France: Social Dimensions of the Novels and Stories Bill Alder McFarland & Co.
2014 Best Critical / Biographical Work Middlebrow Feminism in Classic British Detective Fiction Melissa Schaub Palgrave Macmillan
2014 Best Critical / Biographical Work Pimping Fictions: African American Crime Literature and the Untold Story of Black Pulp Publishing Justin Gifford Temple University Press
2013 Best Critical / Biographical Work The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics James O'Brien Oxford University Press
2013 Best Critical / Biographical Work Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels Declan Burke, John Connolly Simon & Schuster - Aria Books/Emily Bestler Books
2013 Best Critical / Biographical Work In Pursuit of Spenser: Mystery Writers on Robert B. Parker and the Creation of and American Hero Otto Penzler Smart Pop
2013 Best Critical / Biographical Work Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe: The Hard-Boiled Detective Transformed John Paul Athanasourelis McFarland & Co.
2012 Best Critical / Biographical Work On Conan Doyle: Or, the Whole Art of Storytelling Michael Dirda Princeton University Press
2012 Best Critical / Biographical Work Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making John Curran HarperCollins
2012 Best Critical / Biographical Work Detecting Women: Gender and the Hollywood Detective Film Philippa Gates SUNY Press
2012 Best Critical / Biographical Work Scripting Hitchcock: Psycho, The Birds and Marnie Walter Raubicheck, Walter Srebnick University of Illinois Press
2012 Best Critical / Biographical Work The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of our Time Dan Burstein, Arne de Keijzer, John-Henri Holmberg St. Martin's Griffin
2011 Best Critical / Biographical Work Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and this Rendezvous with American History Yunte Huang W.W. Norton & Co.
2011 Best Critical / Biographical Work Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making John Curran HarperCollins
2011 Best Critical / Biographical Work Sherlock Holmes for Dummies David A. Crowder, Steven Doyle Wiley Publishing
2011 Best Critical / Biographical Work The Wire: Truth Be Told Rafael Alvarez Grove Atlantic - Grove Press
2011 Best Critical / Biographical Work Thrillers: 100 Must Reads David Morrell, Hank Wagner Oceanview Publishing
2010 Best Critical / Biographical Work The Lineup: The Worlds Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives Otto Penzler Little, Brown and Company Comment: Edited By Otto Penzler
2010 Best Critical / Biographical Work Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King Lisa Rogak Thomas Dunne Books
2010 Best Critical / Biographical Work Talking About Detective Fiction P.D. James Random House/Alfred A. Knopf
2010 Best Critical / Biographical Work The Stephen King Illustrated Companion Bev Vincent Fall River Press
2010 Best Critical / Biographical Work The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith Joan Schenkar St. Martin's Press
2009 Best Critical / Biographical Work Edgar Allan Poe: An Illustrated Companion to His Tell-Tale Stories Dr. Harry Lee Poe Sterling Publishing - Metro Books
2009 Best Critical / Biographical Work African American Mystery Writers: A Historical and Thematic Study Frankie Y. Bailey McFarland & Co.
2009 Best Critical / Biographical Work Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories Leonard Cassuto Columbia University Press
2009 Best Critical / Biographical Work Scene of the Crime: The Importance of Place in Crime and Mystery Fiction David Geherin McFarland & Co.
2009 Best Critical / Biographical Work The Rise of True Crime Jean Murley Greenwood Publishing - Praeger Publishers
2008 Best Critical / Biographical Work Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters Charles Foley, Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower The Penguin Press
2008 Best Critical / Biographical Work A Counter-History of Crime Fiction: Supernatural, Gothic, Sensational Maurizio Ascari Palgrave Macmillan
2008 Best Critical / Biographical Work Deviance in Contemporary Crime Fiction Christiana Gregoriou Palgrave Macmillan
2008 Best Critical / Biographical Work The Triumph of the Thriller: How Cops, Crooks and Cannibals Captured Popular Fiction Patrick Anderson Random House
2007 Best Critical / Biographical Work The Science of Sherlock Holmes: From Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear E.J. Wagner John Wiley & Sons
2007 Best Critical / Biographical Work Unless the Threat of Death is Behind Them: Hard-Boiled Fiction and Film Noir John T. Irwin Johns Hopkins University Press
2006 Best Critical / Biographical Work Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her Melanie Rehak Harcourt, Inc.
2006 Best Critical / Biographical Work Behind the Mystery: Top Mystery Writers Interviewed Stuart M. Kaminsky Hot House Press Comment: photos by Laurie Roberts
2006 Best Critical / Biographical Work Discovering the Maltese Falcon and Sam Spade: The Evolution of Dashiell Hammett's Masterpiece Richard Layman Vince Emery Productions Comment: Including John Huston's Movie with Humphrey Bogart
2006 Best Critical / Biographical Work The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Novels Leslie S. Klinger W.W. Norton & Co.
2006 Best Critical / Biographical Work Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel: How to Knock 'em Dead with Style Hallie Ephron Writer's Digest Books
2005 Best Critical / Biographical Work The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories Leslie S. Klinger W.W. Norton & Co.
2005 Best Critical / Biographical Work Booze and the Private Eye: Alcohol in the Hard-Boiled Novel Rita Elizabeth Rippetoe McFarland & Co.
2005 Best Critical / Biographical Work Latin American Mystery Writers: An A-to-Z Guide Darrell B. Lockhart Greenwood Press
2005 Best Critical / Biographical Work The Life of Graham Greene Norman Sherry Viking Volume: Vol. 3: 1956-1991
2004 Best Critical / Biographical Work Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith Andrew Wilson Bloomsbury
2004 Best Critical / Biographical Work Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light Patrick McGilligan HarperCollins
2004 Best Critical / Biographical Work Amelia Peabody's Egypt: A Compendium Elizabeth Peters, Kristen Whitbread Wm. Morrow
2004 Best Critical / Biographical Work Mystery Women, Volume 3 Colleen Barnett Poisoned Pen Press
2004 Best Critical / Biographical Work The American Police Novel: A History Leroy Lad Panek McFarland
2003 Best Critical / Biographical Work Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction Mike Ashley Carroll & Graf
2003 Best Critical / Biographical Work Art of Noir Eddie Muller Overlook Press
2003 Best Critical / Biographical Work Classic Era of Crime Fiction Peter Haining Chicago Review Press
2003 Best Critical / Biographical Work Crime Films Thomas Leitch Cambridge University Press
2002 Best Critical / Biographical Work Edgar Allan Poe: A to Z Dawn B. Sova Checkmark Books
2002 Best Critical / Biographical Work Dashiell Hammett: A Daughter Remembers Jo Hammett Carroll & Graff/An Otto Penzler Book
2002 Best Critical / Biographical Work My Name's Friday Michael J. Hayde Cumberland House
2002 Best Critical / Biographical Work Selected Letters of Dashiell Hammett: 1921-1960 Richard Layman, Julie M Rivett Counterpoint
2002 Best Critical / Biographical Work The History of Mystery Max Allan Collins Collectors Press
2002 Best Critical / Biographical Work Who Was That Lady? Jeffrey Marks Delphi Books
2001 Best Critical / Biographical Work Conundrums for the Long Week-End Ethan Lewis, Robert Kuhn McGregor Kent State University Press
2001 Best Critical / Biographical Work The Doctor & The Detective: A Biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Martin Booth Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press/Minotaur
2001 Best Critical / Biographical Work The Red-Hot Typewriter: The Life & Times of John D. Macdonald Hugh Merrill Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press/Minotaur
2001 Best Critical / Biographical Work Women of Mystery: The Lives & Works of Notable Women Crime Novelists Martha Hailey Dubose, Margaret Caldwell Thomas St. Martin's Press/Minotaur
2000 Best Critical / Biographical Work Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle Daniel Stashower Henry Holt & Sons
2000 Best Critical / Biographical Work A Suitable Job for a Woman Val McDermid Poisoned Pen Press
2000 Best Critical / Biographical Work Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing Rosemary Herbert Oxford University Press
2000 Best Critical / Biographical Work Ross Macdonald Tom Nolan Scribners
2000 Best Critical / Biographical Work The Web of Inquity: Early Detective Fiction by American Women Catherine Ross Nickerson Duke University Press
1999 Best Critical / Biographical Work Mystery and Suspense Writers Maureen Corrigan, Robin W. Winks Scribners Comment: associate editor, editor in chief
1999 Best Critical / Biographical Work Cordially Yours, Brother Cadfael K. Anne Kaler Bowling Green Popular Press Comment: editor
1999 Best Critical / Biographical Work Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir Eddie Muller St. Martin's Press
1999 Best Critical / Biographical Work Midnight Dreary: The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe John Evangelist Walsh Rutgers University Press
1999 Best Critical / Biographical Work The Seven Deadly Sins in the Work of Dorothy L. Sayers Janice Brown The Kent State University Press
1998 Best Critical / Biographical Work G is for Grafton: The World of Kinsey Millhone Natalie Hevener Kaufman, Carol McGinnis Kay Henry Holt
1998 Best Critical / Biographical Work AZ Murder Goes...Classic Susan Malling, Barbara Peters The Poisoned Pen Press
1998 Best Critical / Biographical Work Crime Fiction and Film in the Sunshine State: Florida Noir Steve Glassman, Maurice O'Sullivan Popular Press
1998 Best Critical / Biographical Work Deadly Women: The Woman Mystery Readers' Indispensable Companion Jan Grape, Dean James, Ellen Nehr Carroll & Graf
1998 Best Critical / Biographical Work The Reader and the Detective Story George M. Dove Popular Press
1997 Best Critical / Biographical Work The Secret Marriage of Sherlock Holmes Michael Atkinson University of Michigan Press
1997 Best Critical / Biographical Work Agatha Christie: A to Z Dawn B. Sova Facts on File, Inc.
1997 Best Critical / Biographical Work Detecting Women 2: A Reader's Guide and Checklist for Mystery Series Written by Women Willetta L. Heising Purple Moon Press
1997 Best Critical / Biographical Work Elusion Aforethought: The Life and Writing of Anthony Berkeley Cox Malcolm J. Turnbull Bowling Green Popular Press
1997 Best Critical / Biographical Work The Blues Detective: A Study of African-American Detective Fiction Stephen F. Soitos University of Massachusetts Press
1996 Best Critical / Biographical Work Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson Robert Polito Knopf
1996 Best Critical / Biographical Work John Dickson Carr: The Man Who Explained Miracles Douglas G. Greene Otto Penzler Books
1996 Best Critical / Biographical Work The Cadfael Companion: The World of Brother Cadfael Robin Whiteman Mysterious/Warner
1996 Best Critical / Biographical Work The Life of Graham Greene Norman Sherry Viking Volume: Volume II: 1939-1955
1995 Best Critical / Biographical Work Encyclopedia Mysteriosa William L. DeAndrea Prentice-Hall
1995 Best Critical / Biographical Work By a Woman's Hand Dean James, Jean Swanson Berkley
1995 Best Critical / Biographical Work Dick Tracey and American Culture Garyn G. Roberts McFarland
1995 Best Critical / Biographical Work Great Women Mystery Writers Kathleen Gregory Klein Greenwood Press
1995 Best Critical / Biographical Work The Tony Hillerman Companion Martin Greenberg HarperCollins
1994 Best Critical / Biographical Work The Saint: A Complete History Burl Barer McFarland & Co.
1994 Best Critical / Biographical Work A Reader's Guide to the American Novel of Detection Marvin Lachman G. K. Hall
1994 Best Critical / Biographical Work Dorothy L. Sayers: Her Life and Soul Barbara Reynolds St. Martin's Press
1994 Best Critical / Biographical Work The Fine Art of Murder Jon L. Breen, Ed Gorman, Martin Greenberg, Larry Segriff Carroll & Graf
1994 Best Critical / Biographical Work The Man Who Wasn't Maigret Patrick Marnham Farrar, Straus, Giroux
1993 Best Critical / Biographical Work Alias S. S. Van Dine John Loughery Scribners
1993 Best Critical / Biographical Work Dorothy L. Sayers: A Careless Rage for Life David Coomes Lion Publishing
1993 Best Critical / Biographical Work Doubleday Crime Club Compendium Ellen Nehr Offspring Press Volume: 1928-1991