The Best American Mystery Stories Paperback – 2 Oct 2012
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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 2012 includes
Peter S. Beagle, Kathleen Ford, Mary Gaitskill, Lou Manfredo, Thomas McGuane,
Gina Paoli, T. Jefferson Parker, Kristine Kathryn Rusch,
Charles Todd, Daniel Woodrell, and others
[INSERT AUTHOR PHOTO] ROBERT CRAIS, editor, is the 2006 recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award. The author of many New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Sentry and Taken, he lives in Los Angeles.
Look for the other best-selling titles in the Best American series:
THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS
THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS
THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE AND NATURE WRITING
THE BEST AMERICAN NOREQUIRED READING
THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES
THE BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING
THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING
About the Author
OTTO PENZLER is a renowned mysteryeditor, publisher, columnist, and owner ofNew York's The Mysterious Bookshop, the oldest and largest bookstore solely dedicated to mystery fiction.He has edited more than fifty crime-fiction anthologies.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I find the book to hold my interest very well and I some times forget the time when I am reading on of the stories.
I wonder if I'm out of touch with what a short story is these days.
I was schooled on the short stories of Saki (H. H. Munro) and Chekhov and O. Henry (William Porter), stories that had a clear point, often a twist (but not always), and which were, well, SHORT. You could tell that you were reading a short story, even if you didn't know the word count, solely on the compactness of the writing. In this and other anthologies I've read lately, a good number of the stories seem to be written with the pace of a novel, and the stories stretch out for ten, twenty, thirty pages.
Certainly the short stories of my youth weren't this way. The "Year's Best S-F" collections, author collections, work by Bradbury, Bloch, Matheson, Vonnegut...they didn't go on and on and then leave you wondering, "What was that about?"
Not every story in this anthology fits this description, and as I said, it's a pretty good collection. I would expect to be blown away by an anthology with such a pedigree, however, and I wasn't. This is one of those cases when I'd like a "3.5 stars" rating.