Folio Society publication. Small mark on illustrated end and slight wear to edges of slip-case, otherwise as new. Colour frontispiece and 10 b+w illustrations to each volume, pictorial front board. Quarter bound in cloth with blocked paper sides. 4 volume set: Early Escapades; Superior Sleuths; Police Procedures; Murderous Minds. These stories introduce many of crime fiction's finest heroes, including the crucial episodes that formed Ian Rankin's John Rebus and John Le Carré's spy–master George Smiley. Acclaimed masters of mystery such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Rex Stout and Edgar Wallace rub shoulders with less well known yet equally compelling writers like American mystery queen Anna Katharine Green and Cornell Woolrich, best known for 'Rear Window', famously immortalised in film by Alfred Hitchcock. Each story is introduced either by the authors themselves, by fellow crime writers, including Colin Dexter, Reginald Hill and Margaret Yorke, or by aficionados of the genre, like Patrick Marnham, Simon Brett and Marcel Berlins.