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The Library of Congress Crime Classics series features some of the finest American crime writing from the 1860s to the 1960s. Drawn from the Library’s unequalled collections, series editor and mystery expert Leslie S. Klinger has selected scarce and lesser known titles that represent a range of genres, from “cozies” to police procedurals. Priced and formatted for wide readership and classrooms, each volume includes the original text, as well as a contextual introduction, brief biography of the author, notes, recommendations for further reading, and suggested discussion questions. Crime Classics are published by Poisoned Pen Press, an imprint of Sourcebooks, in association with the Library of Congress.

The Metropolitan Opera Murders

The Conjure-Man Dies
By Rudolph Fisher
Published by Poisoned Pen Press, in association with the Library of Congress
$14.99 Paperback, 5 ½ x 8 ½ inches, 320 pages
ISBN: 9781464215964
This groundbreaking mystery is the first ever to feature a Black detective and all Black characters. N'Gana Frimbo, an African conjure-man, is discovered blugeoned in his consultation room. Perry Dart, one of Harlem's few Black police detectives, is called in to investigate. Together with Dr Archer, a physician from across the street, Dart is determined to solve the baffling mystery, helped and hindered by Bubber Brown and Jinx Jenkins, local boys keen to clear themselves of suspicion of murder, who undertake their own investigations.

The Metropolitan Opera Murders

The Metropolitan Opera Murders
By Helen Traubel
Published by Poisoned Pen Press, in association with the Library of Congress
$14.99 Paperback, 5 ½ x 8 ½ inches, 208 pages
ISBN: 9781464215902
After prompter Rudolf Salz dies during a performance at the Metropolitan Opera, Detective-Lieutenant Sam Quentin believes soprano Elsa Vaughn might have been the intended victim. Several attempts had been made recently to harm the soprano. Was this the work of her understudy, the very ambitious Miss Hilda Semple? When a second murder takes place, Vaughn can no longer deny that she may be a target. Author Helen Traubel was herself the leading soprano at the Met for many years, and here provides readers an insider's look at the glamorous world of opera.

The The Silent Bullet

Jim Hanvey, Detective
By Octavus Roy Cohen
Published by Poisoned Pen Press, in association with the Library of Congress
$14.99 Paperback, 5 ½ x 8 ½ inches, 256 pages
ISBN: 9781464215032
Badly dressed, uncouth, with a common drawl and a habit of blinking so slowly and deliberately that the act appears more of an “ocular yawn,” Jim Hanvey is both admired and feared by the crooks and con men he calls friends. He works principally on behalf of insurance companies looking to recover stolen jewels or cash. In this entertaining collection set all around the country, he often manages to thwart the thieves before they are even able to commit their crimes, much to their displeasure—and begrudging respect.

The The Silent Bullet

The Dead Letter
By Seeley Regester
Published by Poisoned Pen Press, in association with the Library of Congress
$14.99 Paperback, 5 ½ x 8 ½ inches, 336 pages
ISBN: 9781464214974
When Henry Moreland is found dead, Richard Redfield, an old family friend, vows to bring Henry’s killer to justice. Together with a legendary detective named Mr. Burton, he embarks on a mission to find the murderer. When suspicion turns to Richard himself, he leaves to work in the Dead Letter Office in Washington, DC. Then a mysterious letter from the past turns up, and a new hunt begins. This 1860s twisting tale is the first full-length American detective novel.

The The Silent Bullet

The Silent Bullet
By Arthur B. Reeve
Published by Poisoned Pen Press, in association with the Library of Congress
$14.99 Paperback, 5 ½ x 8 ½ inches, 336 pages
ISBN: 9781464215001
This short story collection features Craig Kennedy, a university professor who uses science to help catch criminals. The crimes themselves are highly imaginative, featuring deaths by apparent-but-inexplicable means, including asphyxiation, spontaneous combustion, and vengeful spirits, along with less fatal crimes involving kidnapping, safecracking, stolen wills, and a missing fortune in diamonds. Kennedy’s use of cutting-edge technology of the day makes his investigations both unorthodox and entertaining.

The Rat Began to Gnaw the Rope

Last Seen Wearing
By Hillary Waugh
Published by Poisoned Pen Press, in association with the Library of Congress
$15.99 Paperback, 5 ½ x 8 ½ inches, 240 pages
ISBN: 9781464213052
Lowell Mitchell is at her perfectly ordinary university in Massachusetts. She goes to class, chats with friends, and retires to her dorm room. Everything is normal until suddenly it's not―in the blink of an eye, Lowell is gone. Considered one of the first-ever police procedurals and hailed as a milestone, Last Seen Wearing—based on a true story—is riveting in its accurate portrayal of an official police investigation.

The Rat Began to Gnaw the Rope

Final Proof
By Rodrigues Ottolengui
Published by Poisoned Pen Press, in association with the Library of Congress
$14.99 Paperback, 5 ½ x 8 ½ inches, 320 pages
ISBN: 9781464214875
This collection features short stories which chronicle the spirited yet friendly rivalry between detective Jack Barnes and Robert Leroy Mitchel, "the gentleman who imagines himself to be able to outdo detectives in their own line of work," which originated in the mystery novel An Artist in Crime, published six years earlier in 1892. Many of the stories center around jewel heists, as well as tales of kidnapping, forgery, and "The Promissory Note," a locked room mystery with a surprising twist.

The Rat Began to Gnaw the Rope

Case Pending
By Dell Shannon
Published by Poisoned Pen Press, in association with the Library of Congress
$14.99 Paperback, 5 ½ x 8 ½ inches, 240 pages
ISBN: 9781464213014
Hers was the kind of casual homicide that occurred every week in a city like Los Angeles in the sixties. Beaten, robbed, and left in an abandoned lot, Elena Ramirez’s death was like many others… in fact, nearly identical to a murder that happened six months earlier—a case that Detective Luis Mendoza was never able to solve.

The Rat Began to Gnaw the Rope

The Rat Began to Gnaw the Rope
By C. W. Grafton
Published by Poisoned Pen Press, in association with the Library of Congress
$14.99 Paperback, 5 ½ x 8 ½ inches, 304 pages

ISBN: 9781464212987
A young lawyer hired by a pretty young woman to investigate the motives behind a proposed stock buy-back cheats death repeatedly as he painstakingly uncovers secrets that executives at Harper Products don’t want revealed.

That Affair Next Door

That Affair Next Door
By Anna Katharine Green
Published by Poisoned Pen Press, in association with the Library of Congress
$18.99 Paperback, 5 ½ x 8 ½ inches, 300 pages
ISBN: 9781464212956
The first book in the new mystery series Crime Classics from the Library of Congress, That Affair Next Door follows Miss Amelia Butterworth, an inquisitive single woman who becomes involved in a murder investigation, after the woman next door turns up dead.

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