New York, D. Appleton, 1941. Reading copy with wear and staining to boards, binding cracked at title page, dampstaining throughout, and previous owner's name inkstamped to front endpaper. Haycraft's pioneering study of detective fiction, a detailed look at the noteworthy writers from the beginning up to 1941, including some quite obscure today. Best known for the Haycraft-Queen list of indispensable titles, this book is a must for the devout mystery buff and even a newcomer to the world of mystery will find numerous new authors and titles to explore and enjoy. $15.00.