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Inclou aquests noms: Jon. Breen, Jon L. Breen, L. Jon Breen


Obres de Jon L. Breen

The Gathering Place (1984) 30 exemplars
Touch of the Past (1988) 22 exemplars
Murder in Los Angeles (1987) 14 exemplars
Novel Verdicts (1984) 10 exemplars
Mystery: The Best of 2001 (2002) — Editor — 10 exemplars
Triple Crown (1985) 9 exemplars
A Shot Rang Out (2008) 7 exemplars
Mystery: The Best of 2002 (2003) — Editor — 7 exemplars
Eye of God (2006) 6 exemplars
Murder California Style (1987) 6 exemplars
Probable Claus (2009) 5 exemplars

Obres associades

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1976) — Col·laborador — 354 exemplars
Murder in Baker Street: New Tales of Sherlock Holmes (2001) — Col·laborador — 286 exemplars
100 Dastardly Little Detective Stories (1993) — Col·laborador — 207 exemplars
Holmes for the Holidays (1996) — Col·laborador — 200 exemplars
Sherlock Holmes in America (2009) — Col·laborador — 198 exemplars
Manhattan Mayhem: New Crime Stories from Mystery Writers of America (2015) — Col·laborador — 182 exemplars
Cat Crimes (1991) — Col·laborador — 161 exemplars
More Holmes for the Holidays (1999) — Col·laborador — 154 exemplars
The Blue Religion: New Stories about Cops, Criminals and the Chase (2008) — Col·laborador — 151 exemplars
Once Upon a Crime (1998) — Col·laborador — 125 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Roaring Twenties Whodunnits (2004) — Col·laborador — 116 exemplars
Murder, My Dear Watson: New Tales of Sherlock Holmes (2002) — Col·laborador — 113 exemplars
Malice Domestic 6 (1997) — Col·laborador — 92 exemplars
Great Tales of Mystery and Suspense (1981) — Col·laborador — 62 exemplars
A Century of British Mystery and Suspense (2000) — Pròleg — 57 exemplars
A Modern Treasury of Great Detective and Murder Mysteries (1994) — Introducció — 57 exemplars
Laughing Space: An Anthology of Science Fiction Humour (1982) — Col·laborador — 55 exemplars
Diagnosis Dead (1998) — Col·laborador — 54 exemplars
The Arbor House Treasury of Mystery and Suspense (1981) — Col·laborador — 52 exemplars
Cat Crimes for the Holidays (1997) — Col·laborador — 50 exemplars
Time Twisters (2007) — Col·laborador — 45 exemplars
The Ghosts in Baker Street : New Tales of Sherlock Holmes (2005) — Col·laborador — 45 exemplars
Murder on the Aisle (1987) — Col·laborador — 45 exemplars
Danger in D.C. (Anthology) (1993) — Col·laborador — 38 exemplars
Murder Most Celtic: Tall Tales of Irish Mayhem (2001) — Col·laborador — 35 exemplars
Cat Crimes Through Time (1999) — Col·laborador — 34 exemplars
Murder Most Feline: Cunning Tales of Cats and Crime (2001) — Col·laborador — 31 exemplars
Feline and Famous: Cat Crimes Goes Hollywood (1994) — Col·laborador — 27 exemplars
The Interrogator and Other Criminally Good Fiction (2012) — Introducció — 19 exemplars
Isaac Asimov's Aliens & Outworlders (1983) — Col·laborador — 19 exemplars
On Dangerous Ground: Stories of Western Noir (2011) — Autor — 16 exemplars
Specter! A Chrestomathy of Spookery (1982) — Col·laborador — 15 exemplars
Murder on Trial (1994) — Col·laborador — 14 exemplars
The Misadventures of Ellery Queen (2018) — Col·laborador — 14 exemplars
The Defective Detective: Mystery Parodies by the Great Humorists (1992) — Col·laborador — 14 exemplars
Show Business Is Murder (1983) — Col·laborador — 13 exemplars
Flesh & Blood: Dark Desires: Erotic Tales of Crime and Passion (2002) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars
Best Detective Stories 1981 (1981) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
Winter's Crimes 17 (1985) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
Ellery Queen's Aces of Mystery (1975) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine - 2004/03-04 — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Nom normalitzat
Breen, Jon L.
Data de naixement
Lloc de naixement
Montgomery, Alabama, USA
Llocs de residència
Fountain Valley, California, USA
University of Southern California
Biografia breu
Born in Montgomery, Alabama, I have lived all my life since the start of school in California. My parents were both educators, my father a librarian and my mother an English teacher at Santa Monica College. My own academic career followed them both, acting first as a librarian and in the last five years before retirement as Professor of English at a Southern California community college, in my case Rio Hondo College in Whittier. After graduating from USC with a library degree and putting in less than a year in the California State University, Long Beach, library, I was drafted. I was first published in 1966 with a quiz in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, followed the following year by my first short story, a parody of Ed McBain's 87th Precinct. Around a hundred short stories have followed, plus seven novels (with an eighth on the horizon), three story collections, several edited anthologies, three reference books on mystery fiction (two of them Edgar winners), and more book reviews and articles than I can count. In 1977, I became the proprietor of EQMM'S "Jury Box" column, which I have contributed ever since, save for a few years in the mid-'80s. I also contribute the "What About Murder?" column to Mystery Scene and have been an occasional strictly non-political contributor to The Weekly Standard. Retired since the dawn of 2000, I live happily with Rita in Fountain Valley, California.



Any collection of stories is bound to be a mixture of hits and misses for the reader. Even given that caveat, I am hard pressed to understand the logic behind this collection of the best "mysteries" of 2002. While the batting average of about 50% isn't bad I suppose for a rather finicky reader, some of the clunkers were truly clunkers--could not even drive them off the lot let alone around town. TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING by Michael Collins puts unbelievable people in unbelievable situations, BLESS ME FATHER FOR I HAVE SINNED by Ed Gorman was predictable from word one and irritating, THE PAINTED LADY by Deloris Stanton Forbes took a ridiculous square peg plot and forced it into a round whole genre and MOM LIGHTS A CANDLE by James Yaffe is a mystery but that cutesy kind where a detective's mother solves his crimes for him--blech. A few others I will excuse as mediocre and spare myself remembering them enough to write about. TO LIVE AND DIE IN MIDLAND TEXAS by Clark Howard (which starts out the collection with a bang) and MOODY'S BLUES by Hal Charles are both more pulp crime stories than mystery though they both do tease the title genre somewhat. Both have sharply drawn characters in convincingly desperate straits and you are drawn to their endings like a bad child being pulled across the yard to that tree with the best switches. I also enjoyed THE DEAD THEIR EYES IMPLORE US by George Pelecanos, though it felt more like a writing exercise at times than a mystery. Ultimately a well done jazz riff on a down and outer amidst a well hewed urban crime setting. The prize for me amidst this collection was IF ALL IS DARK by Mat Coward. You only realize at the end of the story that you have indeed been reading a mystery and have been sifting the clues almost unconsciously so that by the end you are surprised but not shocked. Told with ease and snarky wit, the story lives and breathes around three characters who should not really be together but who's coexistence feels natural and somehow unavoidable. The one story that immediately drove me to the web to find out more about the author. I will be reading more from him. Writing this has revealed that the batting average was closer to 66% than fifty so I guess there was more mystery about it than I gave it credit for. On the whole, worthwhile. Especially if you skip the first four stories I mentioned.… (més)
KurtWombat | Sep 15, 2019 |
A great source for finding courtroom fiction, with lengthy, helpful annotations.
NinieB | May 24, 2018 |
Breen is best known as the long-time reviewer for Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. A respected reviewer. Most writers reluctantly agree with his negative points and he openly qualifies up front when a personal bias or preference affects his reaction to a work--positive or negative.

Here I have to do the same. I was expecting too much. There was too much advance praise. There are good things here. Set in the late 90’s a private detective, Al Hasp, is blindsided when his partner can no long reconcile his profession with his growing relationship with God. At the same time a famous televangelist is being betrayed by someone in his inner circle. Hasp hopes that sending his partner in undercover will open his eyes because obviously all televangelist are con men. It doesn’t work out that way. There are a couple of murders, some interesting characters, and the solution is fair. My problem, mainly, was Hasp seemed only interested in the preservation of his agency and he was not particularly likable in going about it. I found it a grating contrast to the tone of the rest of the novel. But, as stated, it may be my issue.… (més)
JohnWCuluris | Jun 25, 2016 |
A fairly low bibliofactor-- murder victim is a 1930s mystery writer who gave up writing and was killed 50 years later. Amateur sleuth is a bookshop owner who meets victim because he wants to sell some books. Apparently this is a book in a series, and I'm not familiar with it, and there were a few allusions to previous things that didn't quite make sense-- or rather characters were sensitive to issues that I didn't know the background on.
benjclark | Aug 30, 2011 |



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