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The Best American Mystery Stories 2004 Paperback – Oct 14 2004

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (Oct. 14 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618329676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618329670
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 13.7 x 20.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #763,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Five Stars July 6 2014
By choo - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
wonderful stories
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great Short Stories Aug. 29 2005
By William H. Freeman - Published on
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Fascinating stories, varied and well written. Many surprise endings and unusual story lines. You'll enjoy it.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not really mysterious March 10 2006
By Naomi Dozono - Published on
Format: Paperback
Half of these stories were not even traditional mysteries at all: one was set in the civil war, one was more like a mainstream short story. And these were the better ones! One was a ripoff of Poe's Casque of Amontillado, while the lead story, bet on red, was cliched. Leave it to a fool like Nelson DeMille to pick some really bad stories. The only really good one was Steven Kings' semi-supernatural spine tingler, and that was more for the creepy language and timing he possesses, than for any original story ideas. Save your money.
4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
ummm - where is the mystery? July 3 2006
By N. Yee - Published on
Format: Paperback
You may think that you're buying a book of mystery stories, but no, the real mystery is why most of these stories in this volume aren't mysteries at all. If they had labeled this "Crime Fiction With No Mystery", then that would be more honest. Most of the stories in this volume have no real hidden element that keeps you guessing. Sure, there may be some good social commentary or character development here and there, but if I really wanted that stuff I wouldn't have picked up a book labeled "Mystery Stories".