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The Speciality of the House

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27th September 2012

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781409103790

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‘Ellin consistently wrote the best mystery stories of his time’ Lawrence Block

Stanley Ellin’s first short story, ‘The Specialty of the House’, about a New York restaurant with a special gourmet menu, was published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine in 1948 and caused an immediate sensation, winning him a special Ellery Queen Award. ‘The House Party’ and ‘The Blessington Method’ subsequently both won Edgar Awards. Stanley Ellin, who was made a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America in 1980, is acknowledged as one of the great masters of the 20th-century short story, and this volume brings together the best of his work in the genre.

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Dilys Winn
Ellin is clear, dark and chilling. What's more, he is one of the few writers who has something to say to hard-boiled fans as well as classicists
Lawrence Block
Ellin consistently wrote the best mystery stories of his time'
America's master craftsman of the mystery short story
A skill and passion that made him one of the top American writers of this century, regardless of genre
Julian Symons
The great talent he has brought back to the crime story is imagination ... his work is a landmark in the history of the crime short story
A macabre little tale about an unusual restaurant in Manhattan and its lonely patrons, it displayed both a debt to Edgar Allan Poe and an acute understanding of human nature that is the key to the success of his work