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The Best American Mystery Stories 2003 (The Best American Series) (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Otto Penzler (Editor), Michael Connelly (Editor)

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Title:The Best American Mystery Stories 2003 (The Best American Series)
Authors:Otto Penzler
Other authors:Michael Connelly (Editor)
Info:Mariner Books (2003), Paperback, 352 pages
Collections:12 in 12 Challenge (inactive)
Tags:12 in 12, In Short, Finished November 2012

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The Best American Mystery Series are all excellent collections of Mysteries in the short story form.. a difficult art form where each sentence, each plot line has to be close to perfect or it stands out like Wall Street financiers in a soup line. Each year has a different working editor who winnows down the list of nominees to the twenty or so who make the cut.. in 2003, the editor is Michael Connelly. Each year may have one or at the most two stories that are simply not quite as excellent as the rest.. a matter of preference. Among this years authors are the well knowns such as James Crumley, Elmore Leonard and Scott Phillips as well as relative lesser lights who are still capable of minor masterpieces in this demanding craft. ( )
  jastbrown | Dec 25, 2011 |
This set of short story mysteries is better described as a collection of crime short stories. There was very little mystery involved. There's a good collection of hard-core and less cozy of the genre. At times, I felt as though I was reading more pornography than mystery (see Sockdolager by Scott Phillips) without any mystery involvement. There are two good stories of mention Richard's Children by Brendan DuBois, a mystery involving the conspiracy theories behind JFK and RFK's murders linked to Richard the 3rd of England's murderous notoriety and War Can Be Murder by Mike Doogan, a short story involving Dashiell Hammett's time in the US army in Alaska during WWII. Two of the stories can be considered "good", one fair and the other poor. This certainly can't be the "Best Mystery Shorts"! ( )
  FMRox | Feb 24, 2010 |
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Connelly, MichaelEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Penzler, OttoSeries Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Allyn, DougContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chambers, ChristopherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cook, ChristopherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cooke, John PeytonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crumley, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dexter, PeteContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dilts, TylerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doogan, MikeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dubois, BrendanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leonard, ElmoreContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McKee, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mosley, WalterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Noux, O'Neil DeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oates, Joyce CarolContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pelecanos, George P.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Phillips, ScottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stashower, DanielContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tinti, HannahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wolven, ScottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wood, MonicaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

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Since its inception in 1915, the Best American series has become the premier annual showcase for the country's 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.
This seventh installment of the premier mystery anthology boasts pulse-quickening stories from all reaches of the genre, selected by the world-renowned mystery writer Michael Connelly. His choices include a Prohibition-era tale of a scorned lover's revenge, a Sherlock Holmesinspired mystery solved by an actor playing the famous detective onstage, stories of a woman's near-fatal search for self-discovery, a bar owner's gutsy attempt to outwit the mob, and a showdown between double-crossing detectives, and a tale of murder by psychology. This year's edition features mystery favorites as well as talented up-and-comers, for a diverse colleciton sure to thrill all readers.

James Crumley Pete Dexter Brendan DuBois Elmore Leonard Walter Mosley Joyce Carol Oates

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