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Dennis Lynds
Dennis at his desk in his book-filled office, 2000s.

Selected Articles & Interviews

The mystery community pays its respects, from Thrilling Detective

A Score’s Worth of PI Dan Fortune, from Mystery File

Dive deep into Dennis Lynds’ work with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion

The Dennis Lynds Shadow Books, written in the 1960s

Selected Reviews

“[Lynds] strips back the surface of mankind and shows us raw humanity…. His writing not only tests but breaks the bounds of detective fiction.” — Mystery Scene magazine

“[Lynds’s books are] filled with as much closely observed incident and detail as John O’Hara short stories.” — Wall Street Journal

“He is a novelist as well as a writer of whodunits, with real insight into his characters and the ability to construct logical, coherent plots. His prose is lean and unpretentious, without the flights of self-pitying fancy that sometimes mar books even as well-written as the Ross Macdonald mysteries.” – New York Times

“One of the most important private detective writers in America.” — Otto Penzler, Mysterious Press

“No one could accuse [Lynds] of reworking the same turf in his novels featuring one-armed private detective Dan Fortune. His last several books have pushed the private-eye form into some fascinating new shapes.” — The Wall Street Journal

“[Lynds] manages to build both sympathy and suspense, using an intricate pattern of flashbacks and various narrators until the reader is trapped like a fly in a web. He is not slick and market-driven (F is for Formula). He writes with pain and savagery and realism. If, on occasion, his message is too blunt, and we feel uncomfortable, perhaps it is because he has us in the sights of Fortune’s Sig Sauer, and we know his aim is true.” — Santa Barbara News-Press

Where To Read More…

  • Encyclopedia Mysteriosa, William L. DeAndrea, Prentiss Hall, 1994.
  • A Reader’s Guide To The Private Eye Novel, Gary Warren Niebuhr, G. K. Hall and. Company, New York, 1993.
  • Twentieth Century Crime and Mystery Writers, Third Edition, Ed. Lesley Henderson, St. James Press, Chicago and London, 1991.
  • Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series, Vol. 22, Gale Research Co., Detroit, MI, 1988.
  • 1001 Midnights: The Afficionado’s Guide To Mystery And Detective Fiction. Marcia Muller & Bill Pronzini, Arbor House, New York, 1986.
  • Öga Mot Öga, Carlssons Bokförlag, Stockholm, Sweden, 1986.
  • Panorama des maitres du polar etranger, L’Instant, Paris, France, 1986.
  • The American Private Eye, David Geherin, Frederick Unger Publishing Co., New York, 1985.
  • Private Eyes: 101 Knights: A survey of American Detective Fiction 1922-1984, Robert A. Baker and Michael T, Nietzel, Bowling Green State University Popular Press, Bowling Green, OH, 1985.
  • Clues: A Journal of Detection, Popular Culture Center, Bowling Green, OH, Spring-Summer, 1984.
  • Encyclopedia Of Mystery And Detection, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1976.