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The Best American Mystery Stories (Best American Mystery Stories)

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Publisher Comments:

The Best American Series®

First, Best, and Best-Selling

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the countrys finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volumes series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected—and most popular—of its kind.

The Best American Mystery Stories 2011 includes

Lawrence Block, Brendan DuBois, Loren D. Estleman,

Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin, Ed Gorman, Richard Lange, S. J. Rozan,

Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins, and others

Review:

"The excellent 15th edition of this 'best of' series, edited by mystery maven Otto Penzler, contains 20 winning short stories, many by relative unknowns. Among the standouts are Brendan Dubois's 'Ride-Along,' in which a veteran cop and a freelance reporter get involved in a robbery, and Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin's 'What His Hands Had Been Waiting For,' in which the struggle for survival in the Mississippi Delta during the terrible 1927 flood takes a strange turn. In Ed Gorman's memorable 'Flying Solo,' two old men dying of cancer make the most of their last days. As in previous volumes, it's hard to find lighter fare, but S.J. Rozan's clever 'Chin Yong-Yun Takes a Case' is a beautifully crafted and satisfying tale of amateur detection. Other contributors include such pros as Lawrence Block, Loren D. Estleman, and Mickey Spillane and Max Collins." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

“A must-read for anyone who cares about crime stories.”—Booklist

The award-winning author and Emmy-nominated television writer George Pelecanos serves as editor of the twelfth installment of this genre-expanding anthology, featuring twenty of the past years most enthralling, suspenseful, and slyly illuminating mystery stories.

A cut-and-dried case for a wily crime-scene reconstructionist is turned on its head in Michael Connellys “Mulholland Dive.” A terrible secret shared between two childhood friends resurfaces decades later as one of them lies on her deathbed in Alice Munros masterful “Childs Play.” James Lee Burke tells the haunting tale of a Hurricane Katrina evacuee who unexpectedly finds comfort from an unimaginable loss in “Mist.” And in Holly Goddard Joness “Proof of God,” a young mans car is repeatedly vandalized as proof that someone knows about the truths hed never willingly reveal.

As Pelecanos notes in his introduction, the twenty “original and unique voices” in this collection pay homage to the genres forebears by taking crime fiction into a thrilling new direction. “But make no mistake,” he says, “we are all standing on the shoulders of writers who came before us and left an indelible mark on literature through craftsmanship, care, and the desire to leave something of worth behind.”

Synopsis:

A collection of the best mystery writing published in 2009 culled from a variety of sources.

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.

Synopsis:

Best-selling novelist Jeffery Deaver edits this latest collection of the genre's finest from the past year. Featuring "gritty tales told with panache," this is a "must-read for anybody who cares about crime stories" (Booklist).

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Harlan Coben's last three consecutive novels CaughtLong Lost, and Hold Tight all debuted  at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and lists around the world. He is a winner of the Edgar Award, the Shamus Award, and the Anthony Award.
OTTO PENZLER is a renowned mystery editor, publisher, columnist, and owner of New York's The Mysterious Bookshop, the oldest and largest bookstores solely dedicated to mystery fiction. He  has edited more than fifty crime-fiction anthologies.

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:
9780547553962
Author:
Coben, Harlan
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
oben
Author:
Deaver, Jeffery
Author:
Harlan C
Author:
Child, Lee
Author:
Penzler, Otto
Author:
Hiaasen, Carl
Author:
Pelecanos, George
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Best American (TM)
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The excellent 15th edition of this 'best of' series, edited by mystery maven Otto Penzler, contains 20 winning short stories, many by relative unknowns. Among the standouts are Brendan Dubois's 'Ride-Along,' in which a veteran cop and a freelance reporter get involved in a robbery, and Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin's 'What His Hands Had Been Waiting For,' in which the struggle for survival in the Mississippi Delta during the terrible 1927 flood takes a strange turn. In Ed Gorman's memorable 'Flying Solo,' two old men dying of cancer make the most of their last days. As in previous volumes, it's hard to find lighter fare, but S.J. Rozan's clever 'Chin Yong-Yun Takes a Case' is a beautifully crafted and satisfying tale of amateur detection. Other contributors include such pros as Lawrence Block, Loren D. Estleman, and Mickey Spillane and Max Collins." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
“A must-read for anyone who cares about crime stories.”—Booklist

The award-winning author and Emmy-nominated television writer George Pelecanos serves as editor of the twelfth installment of this genre-expanding anthology, featuring twenty of the past years most enthralling, suspenseful, and slyly illuminating mystery stories.

A cut-and-dried case for a wily crime-scene reconstructionist is turned on its head in Michael Connellys “Mulholland Dive.” A terrible secret shared between two childhood friends resurfaces decades later as one of them lies on her deathbed in Alice Munros masterful “Childs Play.” James Lee Burke tells the haunting tale of a Hurricane Katrina evacuee who unexpectedly finds comfort from an unimaginable loss in “Mist.” And in Holly Goddard Joness “Proof of God,” a young mans car is repeatedly vandalized as proof that someone knows about the truths hed never willingly reveal.

As Pelecanos notes in his introduction, the twenty “original and unique voices” in this collection pay homage to the genres forebears by taking crime fiction into a thrilling new direction. “But make no mistake,” he says, “we are all standing on the shoulders of writers who came before us and left an indelible mark on literature through craftsmanship, care, and the desire to leave something of worth behind.”

"Synopsis" by ,
A collection of the best mystery writing published in 2009 culled from a variety of sources.
"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.

"Synopsis" by ,
Best-selling novelist Jeffery Deaver edits this latest collection of the genre's finest from the past year. Featuring "gritty tales told with panache," this is a "must-read for anybody who cares about crime stories" (Booklist).
"Synopsis" by ,
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.
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