Mortal Consequences: A History From the Detective Story to the Crime Novel


by Phoebe Adams

by Julian Symons. Harper & Row, $6.95. Himself a writer of clever mysteries, Mr. Symons knows the field from pre-Poe to the present. He is a sharp-witted critic with interesting ideas and a knack with useful quotations, and he is so thorough that his work demands of the amateur reader an interest equal to that of the professional author.