If you like reading crime and detective fiction then most of the big names will be instantly familiar but this guide fills in some of the blanks.
Starting at the most logical starting point, with the literary reaction to the creation of the police force and detectives, this charts through the ages of crime fiction.
By halfway you have been introduced to Sherlock Holmes and the imagination of Edgar Allen Poe and James fills in very concisely the features and writers that constituted the 'golden age' between the wars.
this book has the feel of being a guide that will throw up inspiration for a while to come and will be re-read.
A review will follow on completion...