http://www.bostonathenaeum.org/events/4733/big-book-rogues-and-villains Boston Athenæum
10 ½ Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
$Free with admission
< 21, Lectures & Conferences, Meetup
Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler's new anthology brings together the most cunning, ruthless, and brilliant criminals in mystery fiction, for the biggest compendium of villains ever assembled. Join us on Halloween for his spooky book talk.
Penzler gathers the iconic traitors, thieves, con men, sociopaths, and killers who have crept through the mystery canon over the past 150 years, captivating and horrifying readers in equal measure. The 72 handpicked stories in this collection introduce us to the most depraved of psyches, from iconic antiheroes like Maurice Leblanc's Arsène Lupin and Sax Rohmer's Dr. Fu Manchu to contemporary delinquents like Lawrence Block's Ehrengraf and Donald Westlake's Dortmunder.
Otto Penzler is the editor of fifteen Vintage Crime/Black Lizard anthologies, including "The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries," "The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories," and, most recently, "The Big Book of Jack the Ripper." He lives in New York City, where he is the proprietor of the Mysterious Bookshop.
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