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The Best American Mystery Stories 2002 [Audio Book, abridged]

by James Ellroy (Editor), Otto Penzler (Series Editor & Narrator)

Other authors: Eric Conger (Reader), Brendan DuBois (Contributor), Joe Gores (Contributor), Clark Howard (Contributor), Stuart M. Kaminsky (Contributor)8 more, Don Leslie (Reader), Michael Malone (Contributor), Robert B. Parker (Contributor), Barbara Rosenblat (Reader), Charles Stransky (Reader), Daniel Waterman (Contributor), Scott Wolven (Contributor), Oliver Wyman (Reader)

Series: The Best American Mystery Stories (Abridged Audibook 2002), Best American (Abridged Audibook 2002)

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Bestselling novelist James Ellroy introduces this year's collection of the finest mystery writing. Many of the contributors herein are novelists themselves, displaying their talents in short story form: Michael Connelly tells a fatal tale of revenge in "Two-Bagger." In Joe Gores's "Inscrutable," the Feds beat the Mafia at their own game. Stuart Kaminsky demonstrates how horribly wrong things go when a robber gets cocky in "Sometimes Something Goes Wrong." And Robert B. Parker shows just how important Jackie Robinson's fans can be in "Harlem Nocturne."Also featured are veterans of the short story form and favorites of this series. Brendan DuBois's "A Family Game" introduces a former Mafia family trying to lead a normal life in the Witness Protection Program. Joyce Carol Oates tells a chilling tale of a crush taken too far in "The High School Sweetheart." A tenant sneaks into the murder crime scene next door in Michael Downs's "Man Kills Wife, Two Dogs." Readers will be captivated by all the stories herein, whether by famed novelists or masters of the short story.… (more)
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I anticipated the stories to have an aesthetic closer to that of Ellroy's own fiction, though in retrospect I see it would have been better to anticipate instead a glimpse from another vantage of Ellroy's interests and resonations. Certainly there were few if any stories that reminded me of Underworld USA or the first L.A. Quartet. The one exception is perhaps "Harlem Nocturn".

It's also interesting that I've listened to these stories probably twice and perhaps three times, for some of them. Yet none struck me as familiar upon listening in 2020. ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ellroy, JamesEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Penzler, OttoSeries Editor & Narratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Conger, EricReadersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
DuBois, BrendanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gores, JoeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Howard, ClarkContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kaminsky, Stuart M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leslie, DonReadersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Malone, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Parker, Robert B.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rosenblat, BarbaraReadersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stransky, CharlesReadersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Waterman, DanielContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wolven, ScottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wyman, OliverReadersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

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Bestselling novelist James Ellroy introduces this year's collection of the finest mystery writing. Many of the contributors herein are novelists themselves, displaying their talents in short story form: Michael Connelly tells a fatal tale of revenge in "Two-Bagger." In Joe Gores's "Inscrutable," the Feds beat the Mafia at their own game. Stuart Kaminsky demonstrates how horribly wrong things go when a robber gets cocky in "Sometimes Something Goes Wrong." And Robert B. Parker shows just how important Jackie Robinson's fans can be in "Harlem Nocturne."Also featured are veterans of the short story form and favorites of this series. Brendan DuBois's "A Family Game" introduces a former Mafia family trying to lead a normal life in the Witness Protection Program. Joyce Carol Oates tells a chilling tale of a crush taken too far in "The High School Sweetheart." A tenant sneaks into the murder crime scene next door in Michael Downs's "Man Kills Wife, Two Dogs." Readers will be captivated by all the stories herein, whether by famed novelists or masters of the short story.

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A Family Game read by Otto Penzler
Inscrutable read by Charles Stransky
The Cobalt Blues read by Otto Penzler
Sometimes Something Goes Wrong read by Otto Penzler
Maniac Loose read by Barbara Rosenblat
Harlem Nocturne read by Eric Conger
A Lepidopterist's Tale read by Oliver Wyman
The Copper Kings read by Don Leslie
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