At your fingertips - facts and figures on all the well-known crime fiction writers and their work plus major TV series and films. This is the first of its kind, an accessible and comprehensive guide offering a detailed survey of the crime fiction genre from the 1950s to the present. Includes: A historical overview- the background and development of crime fiction from its earliest days to the present; Author A-Z containing 500 entries on the major writer in the field; Details of over 400 major TV series and films; Guide to terms and expressions, such as "hard boiled", "impossible crime", "police procedural" etc.; Appendices covering key characters, major magazines, award winners. An invaluable and unique reference work no fan of crime fiction will want to miss.