It's not often that we recommend a movie book in this column, but "Mystery, Suspense, Film Noir and Detective Movies on DVD: A Guide to Best in Cinema Thrills" by John Howard Reid is something special.
In my boyhood days, I was a keen fan of the "Inner Sanctum" radio series and it always got under my skin that I was allegedly "too young" to see any of the radio show's spin-off movies. So imagine my delight when they were released on DVD!
As it turned out, that delight was misplaced. I was bitterly disappointed not only by the poor quality of the movies themselves but by the price I had to pay for a box set of six. Yes, six! There were actually seven movies in the series, and the movie I really wanted to see, "Inner Sanctum" itself, was not included in the expensive box!
True, I didn't check before I bought, However, if this book had been available at the time, I would have saved not only a great deal of money, but also that bitter disappointment. According to Mr Reid's book, the movie I really wanted was available then (and is still available now) for only a few dollars.
In other words, I would have saved the $24.50 price of this mammoth 468-page book by just one purchase (or rather, non-purchase).
"Mystery, Suspense, Fim Noir and Detective Movies on DVD" is most certainly an essential book for even the most casual, armchair movie fan.