First published to great success in 1985 The Mammoth Book of Great Detectives is the best collection of detective stories ever produced. This giant and unique volume, collecting together all four of Herbert van Thal's popular books of great detective stories, features 35 of the best detective stories ever told. The stories range in style and setting from the mean streets of Raymond Chandler's New York to the classic English whodunnit by Agatha Christie. Includes such gems as Arnold Bennett's 'Murder!', Edgar Wallace's 'The Treasure Hunt', Ellergy Queen's 'The Black Cats Vanished', P D James' 'The Victim', E C Bentley's 'The Inoffensive Captain', H R F Keating's 'Inspector Ghote and the Miracle Baby', Agatha Christie's 'Sing a Song of Sixpence', G K Chesterton's 'The Eye of Apollo', Raymond Chandler's 'Goldfish' and Georges Simenon's 'The Evidence of the Altar-Boy'. The Mammoth Book of Great Detectives also includes contributions from such famous names as Leslie Charteris, E W Hornung, Dorothy L Sayers, Julian Symons, Roy Vickers, Wilkie Collins, Michael Innes, Baroness Orczy, Edmund Crispin, Freeman Willis Croft, Antonia Fraser and many more.
Herbert Van Thal was one of the world's most popular and successful anthologists and was best known for his collections of crime, horror and suspense stories, which sold millions of copies worldwide