Synopses & Reviews
This years worth of the most powerful, the most startling, the smartest and most astute, in short, the best crime journalism. Scouring hundreds of publications, Otto Penzler and Thomas H. Cook have created a remarkable compilation containing the best examples of the most current and vibrant of our literary traditions: crime reporting.
Included in this volume are Maximillian Potters “The Body Farm” from GQ, a portrait of Murray Marks, who collects dead bodies and strews them around two acres of the University of Tennessee campus to study their decomposition in order to help solve crime; Jay Kirks
“My Undertaker, My Pimp,” from Harpers, in which Mack Moore and his wife, Angel, switch from run-ning crooked funeral parlors to establishing a brothel; Skip Hollandsworths “The Day Treva Throneberry Disappeared” from Texas Monthly, about the sudden disappearence of a teenager and the strange place she turned up; Lawrence Wrights “The Counterterrorist” from The New Yorker, the story of John ONeill, the FBI agent who tracked Osama bin Laden for a decade—until he was killed when the World Trade Center collapsed. Intriguing, entertaining, and compelling reading, Best American Crime Writing has established itself as a much-anticipated annual.
About the Author
Thomas H. Cook is the author of eighteen books, including two works of true crime. His novels have been nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Macavity Award and the Dashiell Hammett Prize. The Chatham School Affair
won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel in 1996. His true crime book, Blood Echoes
, was nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award in 1992, and his story “Fatherhood” won the Herodotus Prize in 1998 and was included in Best Mystery Stories of 1998, edited by Otto Penzler and Ed McBain. His works have been translated into fifteen languages.
Otto Penzler is the proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. He was publisher of The Armchair Detective, the founder of the Mysterious Press and the Armchair Detective Library, and created the publishing firm Otto Penzler Books. He is a recipient of an Edgar Award for The Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection and the Ellery Queen Award by the Mystery Writers of America for his many contributions to the field. He is the series editor of The Best American Mystery Stories of the Year. His other anthologies include Murder for Love, Murder for Revenge, Murder and Obsession, The 50 Greatest Mysteries of All Time, and The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century. He wrote 101 Greatest Movies of Mystery & Suspense. He lives in New York City.
John Berendt is the author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil which spent four years on the New York Times Bestseller list. He has been the editor of New York magazine and an Esquire columnist. He lives in New York.
Table of Contents
Big shot / Peter Richmond (GQ) -- The day Treva Throneberry disappeared / Skip Hollandsworth (Texas monthly) -- Sex, lies, and video cameras / Rene Chun (Details) -- The counterterrorist / Lawrence Wright (The New Yorker) -- The boy who loved transit / Jeff Tietz (Harper's magazine) -- The body farm / Maximillian Potter (GQ) -- How two lives met in death / Joshua Hammer (Newsweek) -- The accused / Paige Williams (Atlanta magazine) -- Mad dogs and lawyers / Evan Wright (Rolling stone) -- The journalist and the terrorist / Robert Sam Anson (Vanity fair) -- The terrible boy / Tom Junod (Esquire) -- The bully of Toulon / Robert Kurson (Chicago) -- The last ride of Jesse James Hollywood / Jesse Katz (Los Angeles magazine) -- My undertaker, my pimp / Jay Kirk (Harper's magazine) -- The Enron wars / Marie Brenner (Vanity fair) -- Dirty little secret / Doug Most (Boston magazine) -- Slaves of the brothel / Sebastian Junger (Vanity fair) -- The Keystone Kommandos / Gary Cohen (The Atlantic monthly) -- Murder on the Amazon / Devin Friedman (Men's journal) -- A woman's work / Peter Landesman (The New York times magazine).