Book lovers know Vince Emery as a literary detective. He delights readers by sharing unseen treasures written by beloved authors and unknown stories about them.
For mystery fans, Emery found 21 long-lost stories by Dashiell Hammett, the creator of The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man, and told how each story shaped Hammett's life. The book Lost Stories was chosen as a featured alternate selection of both the Book of the Month Club and the Mystery Guild. Booklist said: "Emery does a fantastic job of bringing Hammett the accomplished writer and Hammett the struggling writer alive." Emery then published three additional books about Hammett and his works.
For readers inspired by human rights hero Harvey Milk, Emery published Double Play: The Hidden Passions Behind the Double Assassination of George Moscone and Harvey Milk by Mike Weiss. Emery then edited The Harvey Milk Interviews: In His Own Words. Reviewers cheered that book. Lambda Literary Review said: "Angry, intelligent, and wickedly funny, Milk comes to glorious life."
Emery restored Babes in the Wood: The Lost Stone-Age Sequel to Jack London's Before Adam, written by London's best friend George Sterling and lost for more than a century. He then edited Jack London's Before Adam Battles: The Media Frenzy Over His "Most Unfortunate Book", which revealed the never-before-told story (by turns surprising, hilarious, and heartbreaking) behind the worldwide media uproar over London's provocative book.
Emery also wrote How to Grow Your Business on the Internet, the first book written by someone who'd done business on the Internet telling nontechnical people how to do it. Much to his surprise, the book became a bestseller, won awards, and was printed in eight languages.
Emery and his Scottish wife Rita live near San Francisco, close to many of their favorite wineries and his favorite research libraries.
Books edited or written by Vince Emery
- Editor, Jack London's Before Adam Battles: The Media Frenzy Over His "Most Unfortunate Book" (2021)
- Editor, George Sterling, Babes in the Wood: The Lost Stone-Age Sequel to Jack London's Before Adam (2020)
- Editor, Harvey Milk, The Harvey Milk Interviews: In His Own Words (2012; second edition 2017)
- Editor, Mike Weiss, Double Play: The Hidden Passions Behind the Double Assassination of George Moscone and Harvey Milk (2010)
- Editor, George J. "Rhino" Thompson, Hammett's Moral Vision: The Most Influential Investigation of Dashiell Hammett's Novels (2007)
- Editor, Dashiell Hammett, Lost Stories (2005)
- Author, Strategic Technologies for Internet Commerce (1997)
- Author with Mary Jo Fahey and Jeffrey Brown, All-in-One Internet Business Success Pack (1996)
- Author with Patrick Vincent, Free Business Stuff from the Internet (1996)
- Author, How to Grow Your Business on the Internet (1995; second edition 1996; third edition 1997)
- Korean: 인터넷에서 사업에 성공하는 방법 / Intŏnet esŏ saŏp e sŏnggong hanŭn pangbŏp (Seoul, 1995)
- German: Karl Obermayer, Internet im Unternehmen: Praxis und Strategien (Heidelberg, 1996)
- Japanese: Nobutoshi Kohara and Satoru Doi, 成功するためのインターネットビジネスバイブル / Seikōsuru tameno intānetto bijinesu baiburu (Tokyo, 1996)
- French: Gaétan Gladu, Faire des affairs sur Internet (Québec, 1997)
- Spanish: Marcos Sagrado and Carlos Anaya, Negocios en Internet: Expansion y crecimiento (Madrid, 1998; second edition, 2000)
- Russian: unknown translator, Как поднять ваш бизнес с помощью INTERNET (Kiev, 1998}
- Chinese: Aimoli, 网上经商指南 / Wang shang jing shang zhi nan (Beijing, 1999)
- Author, Guide to Nonstop Fun at Walt Disney World (1986)
Screenplay by Vince Emery
with Mike Weiss, Double Play Companion DVD