The Leavenworth Case

By Anna Katharine Green; Michael Sims (Introduction by)
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143106128, 326pp.)

Publication Date: April 27, 2010

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Description
The classic genre-defining whodunit, by the mother of the detective novel
Introducing the first American series detective, Ebenezer Gryce, "The Leavenworth Case" was published nine years before the debut of Sherlock Holmes, and made author Anna Katharine Green an enormously popular and influential writer who changed the mystery genre forever. Showcasing Green's verve and style, "The Leavenworth Case" opens with the shocking murder of Horatio Leavenworth, a wealthy New York merchant, philanthropist, and well-known member of the community. His favorite niece, Mary, is to inherit his fortune, and all of the evidence seems to implicate her or her sister. Yet surprises greet Gryce at every turn-even before the second murder.



About the Author
Anna Katharine Green (1846 1935) was a well-reviewed and commercially successful author of detective novels. She wrote thirty-four novels and four collections of stories. Catherine Ross Nickerson is Associate Professor of English at Emory University. She is the author of The Web of Iniquity: Early Detective Fiction by American Women, also published by Duke University Press.

Michael Sims is the author of four nonfiction books: Darwin's Orchestra, Adam's Navel, Apollo's Fire, and a companion book to the National Geographic Channel series In the Womb: Animals. His three previous literary collections include The Annotated Archy and Mehitabel, The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime, and Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Thief. His writing has appeared in many periodicals in the U.S. and abroad, including New Statesman, Washington Post, Orion, American Archaeology, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and many others. He speaks often at colleges and other institutions and has appeared on many TV and radio programs, from CBS's Early Show and Inside Edition to a BBC Radio series about the human body. His Web site is www.michaelsimsbooks.com.
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