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The Best American Mystery Stories (Best American Mystery Stories)

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Publisher Comments:

Best-selling novelist Harlan Coben, a master of suspense and creator of the critically-acclaimed Myron Bolitar series, edits this latest collection of the must-reads in mysteries from the past year.

Review:

"The 11th volume in this consistently high-quality series features such household names as Joyce Carol Oates and Lawrence Block, but for the most part it's the lesser lights who shine brightest with superb short crime stories that evoke human passions and bring characters to life with a few well-chosen phrases or images. As series editor Otto Penzler again cautions in his foreword, few of the stories revolve on 'whodunit,' the 'why' having become more important in contemporary crime fiction. One of the best of the 20 selections is Chris Adrian's 'Stab,' a chilling tale of childish cruelty, as witnessed by an autistic child. Block himself weighs in with the masterful 'Keller's Double Dribble,' a story of double crosses, white-collar crime and basketball. Another standout is Brent Spencer's 'The True History,' a gripping account of brutality and revenge set during the Texas War of Independence. Cozy and Agatha Christie fans won't find much to suit their particular tastes, but lovers of good writing should be delighted." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The best-selling author Carl Hiaasen takes the reins for the eleventh edition of this series, featuring twenty of the past years most distinguished tales of mystery, crime, and suspense.

Laura Lippman introduces us to a suburban soccer mom who moonlights as a call girl and who has a fateful encounter with a former client at her sons soccer game. Ridley Pearson traces a famous author of horror tales who becomes trapped in a real one after his wife vanishes while jogging. Joyce Carol Oates travels to a New Jersey racetrack where the animals that break down are of the two-legged type. Lawrence Block tells the story of Keller, a hitman for hire who happens to live in Greenwich Village, loves spicy food, and collects stamps as a hobby. And Scott Wolven plunges us into the world of an ex-con who takes a job at a private and very illegal Nevada racetrack where each day millions are won and lost. Mostly lost.

As Carl Hiaasen notes in his introduction, “The stories in this collection would do honor to any anthology of short literature. More than transcending the genre of crime, they blow away its nebulous boundaries.” The Best American Mystery Stories 2007 is a powerful collection certain to delight mystery aficionados and all lovers of great fiction.

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Foreword • ix Introduction by Carl Hiaasen • xiii

Chris Adrian Stab • 1

Robert Andrews Solomons Alley • 22

Peter Blauner Going, Going, Gone • 33

Lawrence Block Kellers Double Dribble • 41

John Bond T-Bird • 69

James Lee Burke A Season of Regret • 88

John Dufresne The Timing of Unfelt Smiles • 106

Louise Erdrich Gleason • 121

Jim Fusilli Chellinis Solution • 135

William Gay Where Will You Go When Your SkinCannot Contain You? • 148

Robert Knightly Take the Mans Pay • 162

Laura Lippman One True Love • 173

David Means The Spot • 189

Kent Meyers Rodney Valens Second Life • 200

Joyce Carol Oates Meadowlands • 218

Jason Ockert Jakob Loomis • 241

Ridley Pearson Queeny • 257

John Sandford Lucy Had a List • 264

Brent Spencer The True History • 287

Scott Wolven Pinwheel • 304

Contributors Notes • 313 Other Distinguished Mystery Stories of 2006 • 324

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618812653
Author:
Hiaasen, Carl
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Editor:
Hiaasen, Carl; Penzler, Otto
Author:
Coben, Harlan
Author:
oben
Author:
Penzler, Otto
Author:
Harlan C
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Short Stories
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Anthologies
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories, American
Subject:
FIC022050
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Best American (TM)
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 352 pages Houghton Mifflin Company - English 9780618812653 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The 11th volume in this consistently high-quality series features such household names as Joyce Carol Oates and Lawrence Block, but for the most part it's the lesser lights who shine brightest with superb short crime stories that evoke human passions and bring characters to life with a few well-chosen phrases or images. As series editor Otto Penzler again cautions in his foreword, few of the stories revolve on 'whodunit,' the 'why' having become more important in contemporary crime fiction. One of the best of the 20 selections is Chris Adrian's 'Stab,' a chilling tale of childish cruelty, as witnessed by an autistic child. Block himself weighs in with the masterful 'Keller's Double Dribble,' a story of double crosses, white-collar crime and basketball. Another standout is Brent Spencer's 'The True History,' a gripping account of brutality and revenge set during the Texas War of Independence. Cozy and Agatha Christie fans won't find much to suit their particular tastes, but lovers of good writing should be delighted." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
The best-selling author Carl Hiaasen takes the reins for the eleventh edition of this series, featuring twenty of the past years most distinguished tales of mystery, crime, and suspense.

Laura Lippman introduces us to a suburban soccer mom who moonlights as a call girl and who has a fateful encounter with a former client at her sons soccer game. Ridley Pearson traces a famous author of horror tales who becomes trapped in a real one after his wife vanishes while jogging. Joyce Carol Oates travels to a New Jersey racetrack where the animals that break down are of the two-legged type. Lawrence Block tells the story of Keller, a hitman for hire who happens to live in Greenwich Village, loves spicy food, and collects stamps as a hobby. And Scott Wolven plunges us into the world of an ex-con who takes a job at a private and very illegal Nevada racetrack where each day millions are won and lost. Mostly lost.

As Carl Hiaasen notes in his introduction, “The stories in this collection would do honor to any anthology of short literature. More than transcending the genre of crime, they blow away its nebulous boundaries.” The Best American Mystery Stories 2007 is a powerful collection certain to delight mystery aficionados and all lovers of great fiction.

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