From Otto Penzler: By the Book – The New York Times

What book might people be surprised to find on your shelves?

I have virtually all the books written by Ayn Rand, several read more than once. She was the first person to have articulated so many of the things that I knew but hadn’t fully clarified.

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Who is your favorite fictional hero or heroine? Your favorite antihero or villain?

The hero has to be Howard Roark from “The Fountainhead,” who has been a source of courage for me through the years. Tied for second would be Sherlock Holmes and Philip Marlowe. And Lassie deserves a mention. Antihero is Raffles, the gentleman jewel thief created by Arthur Conan Doyle’s brother-in-law, E. W. Hornung.

A great interview with one of today’s popular mystery writers.