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The Best American Mystery Stories 2009 Paperback – Oct 8 2009

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Original edition (Oct. 8 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547237502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547237503
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #423,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Surprisingly Wicked Oct. 25 2009
By Avid Reader - Published on
Format: Paperback
A top pick! Don't be surprised at the high quality of "mystery" stories in this anthology since the whole series stands up to scrutiny by the best and snarkiest of critics. Every story in the entire series is finely crafted and entertaining, to say the least.

In this case, Suspense Master Jeff Deaver's picks are colorful, pulse-pounding and, as required of any crime novel, WICKED-TWISTED. Page-turners, all. My all-time favorite Joyce Carol Oates never lets me down for a romp through the derelict mind -- and check out this one by lesser known mistress of mystery, James Lee Burke's daughter, Alafair Burke. BUT BUYER BEWARE: If you have a weak heart, make sure you get your aspirin handy and have your defibrillator on alert.

I hesitate to be blunt about this but I must post one little note about the current definition of "MYSTERY" before some Agatha Christie fan comes and posts a critique about this outstanding CRIME anthology and tries to deceive you into thinking it's unworthy.

This entire series a called "Best American Mystery Stories" because - NEWS FLASH - "mystery" has become the official umbrella catch-all word for crime stories!!!!! Thus, in a contemporary mystery story, order is not always restored after a murder; the characters are often psychologically disturbing if not downright DEVIANT - hello? it's a murder mystery!; and the social mores of the protagonists are not exactly mores to be desired!

In other words, these stories are written by the best living crime writers working in today's literary market. As a result, the stories run the gamut. They cover several genres within the overriding genre of "mystery fiction," which is to say they are often hardboiled, sometimes noir - but always suspenseful, prize-worthy, and thought-provoking. Think Doestoevsky, Patricia Highsmith, Cornell Woolrich, etc.

With all due respect, let this be a lesson to you. Take it with a grain of salt (because Series Editor Otto Penzler has published many cozy writers with his Mysterious Press imprint) but for kicks, he is quick to point out that the only "mysteries" he likes that have a cat detective or a recipe in them is where the cat is IN the recipe. ;-)

Happy reading!
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Great Anthology June 6 2013
By happy girl - Published on
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I keep getting these because the writing and the stories are top-notch. I have found STORIES that keep me completely enthralled, savoring them by slowing down. I have already got this year's on my wish list. I find new writers that I may not have otherwise found.
Arrived on time, great price, giving it as a christmas gift. Dec 11 2013
By N.T. - Published on
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Arrived on time, great price, giving it as a christmas gift. Books are always good as 'stocking stuffers', but especially a book with lots of short stories in them.
Great series of books July 5 2011
By Carolyn - Published on
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I have ordered several of the books in this series, and always find excellent short mystery stories in each of them. They are great when you need a quick read rather than something that will keep you tied to the couch for a couple of days.
Great Mystery Anthology April 3 2011
By Kevin Curtis - Published on
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I buy this collection every year. Of all the "Best American Short Story" series, the mysteries are the most gripping. Wonderful guest editors every year. Best bedtime reading ever.