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The Best American Mystery Stories 2010 (2010)

by Lee Child (Editor & Introduction), Otto Penzler (Series Editor)

Other authors: Gary Alexander (Contributor), R.A. Allen (Contributor), Doug Allyn (Contributor), Mary Stewart Atwell (Contributor), Matt Bell (Contributor)15 more, Jay Brandon (Contributor), Phyllis Cohen (Contributor), John Dufresne (Contributor), Lyndsay Faye (Contributor), Gar Anthony Haywood (Contributor), Jon Land (Contributor), Dennis Lehane (Contributor), Lynda Leidiger (Contributor), Phillip Margolin (Contributor), Chris Muessig (Contributor), Albert Tucher (Contributor), Kurt Vonnegut (Contributor), Joseph Wallace (Contributor), Mike Wiecek (Contributor), Ryan Zimmerman (Contributor)

Series: The Best American Mystery Stories (2010), Best American (2010)

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Featuring twenty of the year's standout crime short stories handpicked by one of the world's best thriller writers, Best American Mystery Stories 2010 showcases not only the very best of the crime genre, but the best of American writing full stop. Within its pages, literary legends rub shoulders with the hottest new talent.… (more)

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As usual with this series, a fascinating compendium of short stories. This year's crop include an imitation Holmes mystery, as well as procedurals and even one set in the less picturesque parts of Bangladesh. Well worth reading for any mystery fan. ( )
  barlow304 | May 23, 2011 |
‘The Best American Mystery Stories 2010,’ edited by Lee Child, contains an interesting mix. Twenty stories by authors as diverse as Dennis Lehane, Kurt Vonnegut, Doug Allyn, and Jay Brandon take varied and unexpected turns.

Three, however, stand out. Jay Brandon’s ‘A Jury of His Peers,’ based on a historical incident, recounts the return of lawyers, who had been kidnapped and held for ransom by Santa Ana’s army, to San Antonio. When after a year or more away from their practices and loved ones, the lawyers return to reclaim what they left behind, it is no surprise that violence erupts.

Phyllis Cohen’s ‘Designer Justice’ also deals with the effects of violence; it depicts a violent crime and its unexpected aftermath.

And ‘Killing Time’ by Jon Land introduces Mr. Beechum, middle school language arts teacher extraordinary, who is not only able to interest his charges in fiction, he is also able to protect them from the unforeseen.

While no one reader will necessarily equally enjoy all the stories, there is enough variety to appeal to those who enjoy the genre. And the short story format is well suited to busy lifestyles.

The bottom line: Five stars.

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  dianaleez | Sep 13, 2010 |
This is a great collection of short stories that should entertain any mystery fan. Within the mystery genre, this book offers a little bit from every subgenre, including suspense, police procedurals, espionage, and private detective. Not every story was a 5 star for me but that likely spoke more of personal preference than writing talent. This collection is a great way to discover new authors, many of whom also write full-length novels. Overall, I found the stories highly entertaining.

** I received this book as an early review copy from the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, through NetGalley.com. ** ( )
  Darcia | Aug 29, 2010 |
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Child, LeeEditor & Introductionprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Penzler, OttoSeries Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Alexander, GaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Allen, R.A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Allyn, DougContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Atwell, Mary StewartContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bell, MattContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brandon, JayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cohen, PhyllisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dufresne, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Faye, LyndsayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Haywood, Gar AnthonyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Land, JonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lehane, DennisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leidiger, LyndaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Margolin, PhillipContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Muessig, ChrisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tucher, AlbertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vonnegut, KurtContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wallace, JosephContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wiecek, MikeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Zimmerman, RyanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

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Featuring twenty of the year's standout crime short stories handpicked by one of the world's best thriller writers, Best American Mystery Stories 2010 showcases not only the very best of the crime genre, but the best of American writing full stop. Within its pages, literary legends rub shoulders with the hottest new talent.

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Lee Child's pick of 2010's best crime writing. Includes stories from: Gary Alexander, RA Allen, Doug Allen, Mary Atwell, Matt Bell, Jay Brandon, Phyllis Cohen, John Dufresne, Lindsay Faye, Gay Anthony Haywood, Jon Land, Dennis Lehane, Lynda Leidiger, Phillip Margolin, Chris Muessig, Albert Tucher, Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph Wallace, Mike Wiecek, Ryan Zimmerman. ISBN 9781848875739 UK hardbound edition
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