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Best American Mystery Stories Paperback – 4 October 2011

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  • Paperback : 412 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 054755396X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0547553962
  • Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.74 x 21.59 cm
  • Publisher : Mariner Books; 2011th edition (4 October 2011)
  • Language: : English
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The excellent 15th edition of this best of series, edited by myster 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. --STARRED Publishers Weekly

Ranging from homespun to lush and tropical, this year's crop of 20 stories offers a variety of tastes and textures.

But exotic doesn't always mean compelling. Charles McCarry's The End of the String, set in Africa, lumbers like an elephant toward a conclusion as momentous as a mouse. Diamond Alley, Dennis McFadden's quiet tale of small-town teens confronting the murder of a popular classmate, packs a far greater punch. Family stories are equally powerful. In Christopher Merkner's chilling Last Cottage, a young couple tries to outlast a neighbor determined to oust them from their waterfront home. Across cultures, mothers protect. In Richard Lange's Baby Killer, Blanca struggles with an acting-out granddaughter. And although embarrassed by her profession, a Chinese mother helps her detective daughter in S.J. Rozan's Chin Yong-Yun Takes a Case. An absentee father's return challenges a wife who's moved on in Joe R. Lansdale's The Stars Are Falling. But Chris F. Holm shows in The Hitter that sometimes the greatest threat is to the dads themselves. Families don't always grow through birth or marriage, as Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin reveal in What His Hands Had Been Waiting For. And of course, some families are just plain toxic, as Lawrence Block's Clean Slate and Loren D. Estleman's Sometimes a Hyena aptly demonstrate. But nasty behavior isn't just a family affair. Eric Barnes shows teenagers wreaking havoc for no particular reason in his slow-moving Something Pretty, Something Beautiful. And in A Long Time Dead, Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins show that evil can turn up where it's least expected.       

It has its highs and lows, but the best of Coben's Best is really first-rate.

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From the Back Cover

The Best American Series(r)
First, Best, and Best-Selling
The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume s 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
Harlan Coben, editor, is the New York Times best-selling author of twenty novels, including Live Wire, Caught, Long Lost, Hold Tight, and Tell No One, as well as the popular Myron Bolitar series. The winner of Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony awards, Coben lives in New Jersey.
Look for the other best-selling titles in the Best American series:
THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS
THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS
THE BEST AMERICAN NOREQUIRED READING
THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE AND NATURE WRITING
THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES
THE BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING
THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING

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5.0 out of 5 stars Every story is good in this collection
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting short stories
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fine Short Stories, But Hardly "Mysteries"
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3.0 out of 5 stars ... my taste but some of the stories I thoroughly enjoyed. If you like passing time reading short stories ...
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