Best American Mystery Stories Paperback – 2 October 2012
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- Publisher : Mariner Books; 2012th edition (2 October 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 397 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0547553986
- ISBN-13 : 978-0547553986
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.45 x 20.96 cm
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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
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Mystery series and this year was no exception. The 2012
collection contained many engrossling stories, "The Bridge
Partner," "Vic Primeval" and "Local Knowlege" which was
written by an author who grew up nearby so I am familiar
with the locale. "Trafagar" was the only one that could really be called a mystery and I wish the series had more of these old-fashioned stories where the reader has to use his or her detective skills. Unfortunately there are a few
questionable choices. "The Dog and Cow" should have been
let out to pasture and the "Funeral Bill" lost in the mail.
Almost every year this series rates five stars but a respectable C+ I think is a fair grade. There's always
Perhaps I am behind the times, and what the genera includes may be expanding. Still, calling the stories mysteries is not really fair to the reader. I don't feel competent to say how good the stories were, as I was judging them as mysteries, which they clearly are not.
Best American Crime stories might be a better title. If you like contemporary fiction with an element of crime, you might find this to be what you are looking for. If you are looking for actual Mysteries, I cannot recommend it.