Synopses & Reviews
Now in its eighth year, this perennially popular anthology holds something for every reader. Encompassing all aspects of the genre, this series can be counted on to showcase the best of mainstream mystery and crime fiction” (Booklist). Stephen King blurs the line between reality and dream. Joyce Carol Oates follows a young girl who preys on her sexual predators. Jeff Abbott enters the high-stakes world of Las Vegas and the trap of a beautiful redhead. Scott Wolven brings boxing and murder to a small town in Vermont. Assembled by best-selling suspense author Nelson DeMille, The Best American Mystery Stories 2004 promises to be the most thrilling volume yet.
Since its inception in 1915, the Best American series has become the premier annual showcase for the countrys finest short fiction and nonfiction. For each volume, a series editor reads pieces from hundreds of periodicals, then selects between fifty and a hundred outstanding works. That selection is pared down to twenty or so very best pieces by a guest editor who is widely recognized as a leading writer in his or her field. This unique system has helped make the Best American series the most respected and most popular of its kind.
Assembled by best-selling suspense author Nelson DeMille, The Best American Mystery Stories 2004 contains a spectacular array of stories by mystery veterans and talented newcomers. Follow a chain reaction that saves a womans life, visit a house haunted by a husbands violent killing spree, enter the high-stakes world of Las Vegas gambling, watch the line between reality and dream blur, travel with a bored salesman driven to crime, and much more. Encompassing all aspects of the genre, this years selections are sure to quicken pulses, send chills down the spine, and keep readers continually guessing.
The eighth installment of the best-selling series once again features pulse-quickening stories from all reaches of the genre.
About the Author
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
Introduction by Nelson DeMille xii
jeff abbott Bet on Red 1
jeffrey robert bowman Stonewalls 20
william j. carroll, jr.
Height Advantage 34
benjamin cavell Evolution 69
christopher coake All Through the House 110
patrick michael finn Where Beautiful Ladies Dance for You 151
rob kantner How Wendy Tudhope Was Saved from Sure and Certain Death 172
jonathon king Snake Eyes 195
stephen king Harveys Dream 216
michael knight Smash and Grab 226
richard lange Bank of America 238
tom larsen Lids 260
dick lochte Low Tide 280
richard a. lupoff The Incident of the Impecunious Chevalier 300
joyce carol oates Doll: A Romance of the Mississippi 322
jack oconnell The Swag from Doc Hawthornes 341
frederick waterman Best Man Wins 362
timothy williams Something About Teddy 374
scott wolven El Rey 387
angela zeman Green Heat 400
Contributors Notes 421
Other Distinguished Mystery Stories of 2003 431