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Thieves, liars, killers, and conspirators—it's a criminal world out there, and someone has got to write about it. An eclectic collection of the year's best reportage, The Best American Crime Reporting 2007 brings together the murderers and muscle men, the masterminds, and the mysteries and missteps that make for brilliant stories, told by the aces of the true crime genre. This latest addition to the highly acclaimed series features guest editor Linda Fairstein, the bestselling crime novelist and former chief prosecutor of the Manhattan District Attorney's Office's pioneering Special Victims' Unit.

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"Fans of crime reporting will devour this diverse collection, featuring 15 of the year's best crime stories, written by noted journalists such as Tom Junod (Esquire magazine), Sean Flynn (GQ) and Steve Fishman (New York). Articles (and the crimes they detail) vary widely, one of the book's chief strengths; covering the darkest, most unspeakable crimes is not one of the entry qualifications (though they're certainly represented). One of the brightest pieces, by the Boston Globe Magazine's Neil Swidey, covers the astonishing embezzlement of nearly $9 million by a construction company temp. Several articles examine the possibility of reformation and redemption: Atlanta magazine's Steve Fennessy reports on the perpetrator of a horrifying kidnapping who is now a physician dedicated to helping the underserved, and the late-coming faith of David Berkowitz-the infamous Son of Sam-is cunningly but compassionately examined by Fishman. The uniform quality of research and writing in this collection is startling; stories are so fully fleshed and detail is so rich it's often hard to believe they're non-fiction. For example, Douglas Preston's article for The Atlantic Monthly catches the revealing moments of his subject ('The Monster of Florence') like a gem catching light: 'He sketched his thoughts-I later learned it was a habit of his-the pencil cutting and darting across the paper, making arrows and circles and boxes and dotted lines.' Fans of true crime will want to make this book last, but will likely have trouble putting it aside for even a moment." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Otto Penzler is the proprietor of the Mysterious Bookshop, the founder of the Mysterious Press, the creator of Otto Penzler Books, and the editor of many books and anthologies.

Thomas H. Cook is the author of twenty-three books, including The Chatham School Affair, which won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel, and, most recently, The Last Talk with Lola Faye.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060815530
Author:
Fairstein, Linda
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
Cook, Thoma
Author:
by Linda Fairstein and Otto Penzler
Author:
H S.
Author:
Penzler, Otto
Author:
Coo
Author:
Cook, Thomas H.
Author:
k, Thomas H.
Author:
Fairstein, Linda A.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Journalism
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
Crime
Subject:
United states
Subject:
General True Crime
Subject:
Crime -- United States.
Subject:
Crime in mass media.
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
Best American Crime Reporting
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
7.98x5.34x.91 in. .71 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Fans of crime reporting will devour this diverse collection, featuring 15 of the year's best crime stories, written by noted journalists such as Tom Junod (Esquire magazine), Sean Flynn (GQ) and Steve Fishman (New York). Articles (and the crimes they detail) vary widely, one of the book's chief strengths; covering the darkest, most unspeakable crimes is not one of the entry qualifications (though they're certainly represented). One of the brightest pieces, by the Boston Globe Magazine's Neil Swidey, covers the astonishing embezzlement of nearly $9 million by a construction company temp. Several articles examine the possibility of reformation and redemption: Atlanta magazine's Steve Fennessy reports on the perpetrator of a horrifying kidnapping who is now a physician dedicated to helping the underserved, and the late-coming faith of David Berkowitz-the infamous Son of Sam-is cunningly but compassionately examined by Fishman. The uniform quality of research and writing in this collection is startling; stories are so fully fleshed and detail is so rich it's often hard to believe they're non-fiction. For example, Douglas Preston's article for The Atlantic Monthly catches the revealing moments of his subject ('The Monster of Florence') like a gem catching light: 'He sketched his thoughts-I later learned it was a habit of his-the pencil cutting and darting across the paper, making arrows and circles and boxes and dotted lines.' Fans of true crime will want to make this book last, but will likely have trouble putting it aside for even a moment." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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