MWA Grand Master and Noted Editor,
Writer for the Ellery Queen Magazine
passed away on January 17, 2008.
Ed Hoch has always been a friend and a welcome presence for us and for our publishing company. When we published our first book "Corsage" by Rex Stout in 1977 Ed Hoch was the first mystery book reviewer to write us and request a review copy and in 2007 he wrote an extremely gracious foreword for our latest non-fiction mystery related book, Mystery Writing in A Nutshell by Professors John and Andrew McAleer. We will miss his stories and his gracious presence.
(The World’s Most Concise Guide to Crime and Suspense Writing)
by MWA "Edgar" Award Winner John McAleer
& Andrew McAleer, Professor of Crime Fiction at Boston College
Foreword by MWA Grand Master Edward D. Hoch
Includes an eclectic foursome of short interviews on mystery writing techniques and tips with:
MARGARET McLEAN, ROBERT B. PARKER, REX STOUT, AND WILLIAM G. TAPPLY
ISBN: 978-1-59663-505-0, xviii+100pp, 5"x8" Trade Paper. $9.95
After all these years, I still learned a few things myself from these pages. I’m sure you will too — from the Foreword by Edward D. Hoch,
A new books from Edgar Allan Poe Award winner, Pulitzer Prize nominee, and best-selling author John McAleer, Ph.D. (Harvard), who taught crime fiction at Boston College for nearly four decades, nurturing authors like George V. Higgins (The Friends of Eddie Coyle), Chuck Hogan (The Standoff), Margaret McLean (Under Oath), James Devlin (Elmore Leonard), and Ted Murphy (the Belltown mysteries). Now, in Mystery Writing in a Nutshell, he and his son, Andrew McAleer—also a mystery author and Professor of Crime Fiction at Boston College—share with aspiring mystery and suspense novelists the secrets, techniques, and art of crafting the mystery novel. Mystery Writing in a Nutshell is an invaluable resource, which, step by step, takes the writer through the mystery writing process from creating suspense and strategizing plot twists, to hiding clues, and enriching character development, and much, much more. With this most precise guide yet to mystery writing, it is only a matter of time before your novel is afoot!
About the Authors:
John McAleer, Ph.D. is the Edgar Allan Poe Award-winning author of Rex Stout: A Biography and abest-selling author of fifteen other books, including the critically-acclaimed mystery, Coign of Vantage. A professor of English literature at Harvard and then Boston College for more than half a century, Professor McAleer was also a former editor with The Armchair Detective, served as a vice president of the Mystery Writers of America, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
Andrew McAleer is the author of three mystery novels and serves as the president of America’s oldest continuing literary society, the Boston Authors Club. He teaches crime fiction at Boston College, is a member of the Private Eye Writers of America, the editor of the award-winning Crimestalker Casebook, and a recipient of the Speckled Band’s Sherlock Holmes Revere Bowl Award.
Edward D. Hoch (Foreword) Edward D. Hoch is one of the most honored mystery writers of all time. Author of over 800 short stories, Ed Hoch won the Edgar Allan Poe Award in 1968 for his story, “The Oblong Room.” In addition to being named a Grand Master in 2001 by the Mystery Writers of America he has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America (2000) and an Anthony Award (1998) and a Lifetime Achievement Award (2001) from the Bouchercon
Historical note: We came across our first correspondence with Edward D, Hoch. which was on May 21, 1977, a response to Mr. Hoch's request for a review copy of our then newly published limited edition of Rex Stout's Corsage: A Bouquet of Rex Stout and Nero Wolfe. We replied: "Dear Mr. Hoch: While the current edition is quite limited we are sending you a review copy"