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The Best American Mystery Stories 2013 (Best American)

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Publisher Comments:

A best-selling novelist and Edgar Award winner, Lisa Scottoline brings her mastery of the thriller genre as well as her wit and heart to this collection of the must-reads in mysteries. 

Review:

"Twenty stories — remarkable in their diversity — comprise this 17th installment of Penzler's annual anthology of the best American mystery stories. The plots and settings are more varied than a reader might expect, but what surprises is how literary many of these stories are, like the opening entry, 'Smothered and Covered,' by Tom Barlow, about a down-and-out guy who sees a young girl just before her mysterious death, an encounter that prompts reflection on the loss of his own daughter. The most literary of the bunch is Randall Silvis's 'The Indian,' about a small-town vendetta between a lowlife and his teenage best friend, though it's much too long. Michael Connelly supplies a terrific Harry Bosch story, 'A Fine Mist of Blood,' which reminds the reader of just how great a character Bosch can be — and the author's storytelling prowess. In 'Drifter,' Emily St. John Mandel tells the bizarre but compelling story of a young widow traveling in the wake of her husband's death, from the Arctic Circle to Venice, Italy, where she meets a very mysterious stranger. O'Neil De Noux, a New Orleans writer, offers an intriguing 'AK' ('after Katrina') tale, 'Misprision of Felony,' about an investigation into the murder of a shopkeeper — a terrific setting, great prose, and an artful look at the sociology of crime. Hannah Tinti's 'Bullet Number Two' is a noirish story set in the middle of nowhere in the southwest — a powerful and shocking narrative. The only element that's missing from the volume is a sense of what this selection says about the state of crime fiction in America. In his foreword, Penzler focuses on the changes that have occurred in the publishing world over the past 17 years, and guest editor Scottoline supplies a breezy, personal introduction, but neither offers much in the way of analysis or insight about the themes of contemporary crime fiction or where it might go in the future. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

A collection of the best mystery writing published in 2012 culled from a variety of sources.

About the Author

OTTO PENZLER is the founder of the Mysterious Bookshop and Mysterious Press.

LISA SCOTTOLINE is the New York Times best-selling author and Edgar award-winning author of nineteen novels, including her latest, Come Home, and she is President of Mystery Writers of America.

Table of Contents

Foreword • ix

Introduction • xiii

TOM BARLOW

   Smothered and Covered • 1

MICHAEL CONNELLY

   A Fine Mist of Blood • 14

ONEIL DE NOUX

   Misprision of Felony • 29

EILEEN DREYER

   The Sailor in the Picture • 46

DAVID EDGERLEY GATES

   The Devil to Pay • 61

CLARK HOWARD

   The Street Ends at the Cemetery • 91

ANDRE KOCSIS

   Crossing • 126

KEVIN LEAHY

   Remora, IL • 158

NICK MAMATAS

   Thy Shiny Car in the Night • 172

EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL

   Drifter • 180

DENNIS MCFADDEN

   The Ring of Kerry • 194

MICAH NATHAN

   Quarry • 211

JOYCE CAROL OATES

   So Near Any Time Always • 225

NANCY PICKARD

   Light Bulb • 263

BILL PRONZINI

   Gunpowder Alley • 277

PATRICIA SMITH

   When They Are Done with Us • 300

RANDALL SILVIS

   The Indian • 316

BEN STROUD

   The Dons Cinnamon • 366

HANNAH TINTI

   Bullet Number Two • 381

MAURINE DALLAS WATKINS

   Bound • 392

Contributors Notes • 406

Other Distinguished Mystery Stories of 2012 • 418

Product Details

ISBN:
9780544034600
Author:
Penzler, Otto
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
Scottoline, Lisa
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Best American Series
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Twenty stories — remarkable in their diversity — comprise this 17th installment of Penzler's annual anthology of the best American mystery stories. The plots and settings are more varied than a reader might expect, but what surprises is how literary many of these stories are, like the opening entry, 'Smothered and Covered,' by Tom Barlow, about a down-and-out guy who sees a young girl just before her mysterious death, an encounter that prompts reflection on the loss of his own daughter. The most literary of the bunch is Randall Silvis's 'The Indian,' about a small-town vendetta between a lowlife and his teenage best friend, though it's much too long. Michael Connelly supplies a terrific Harry Bosch story, 'A Fine Mist of Blood,' which reminds the reader of just how great a character Bosch can be — and the author's storytelling prowess. In 'Drifter,' Emily St. John Mandel tells the bizarre but compelling story of a young widow traveling in the wake of her husband's death, from the Arctic Circle to Venice, Italy, where she meets a very mysterious stranger. O'Neil De Noux, a New Orleans writer, offers an intriguing 'AK' ('after Katrina') tale, 'Misprision of Felony,' about an investigation into the murder of a shopkeeper — a terrific setting, great prose, and an artful look at the sociology of crime. Hannah Tinti's 'Bullet Number Two' is a noirish story set in the middle of nowhere in the southwest — a powerful and shocking narrative. The only element that's missing from the volume is a sense of what this selection says about the state of crime fiction in America. In his foreword, Penzler focuses on the changes that have occurred in the publishing world over the past 17 years, and guest editor Scottoline supplies a breezy, personal introduction, but neither offers much in the way of analysis or insight about the themes of contemporary crime fiction or where it might go in the future. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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