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  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Prime Crime (TRD) (Jan. 24 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425181928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425181928
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,031,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Certainly Jeffery Deaver should know good mysteries when he sees them, and in his
personal compilation of a century of these great stories, the reader should assume it's just that, a
collection of great stories! And they are! Deaver exercises an ecumenical spirit here, practically
running the gamut of the genre!

It goes without staying that short stories generally don't carry the impact that novels do on
the same subject (not to patronize short stories, of course, as they are great in their own "write").
With the exception of some personal favorites of mine, such as P.D. James and Ellis Peters, which
he omits, Deaver's wide assortment of writers is a real treasure! For students of the history of the
suspense story, Deaver shows off Anna Katherine Green's story (Ms Green is often considered to
have written the first American suspense novel) to provide a historical perspective, and then
continues on down the time line. Such luminaries as Ellery Queen, John D. MacDonald, Ruth
Rendell, Mickey Spillane, Ed McBain, Sara Paretsky, and Robert Barnard light up these pages.
Indeed, a nice collection to keep around. Fun reading, too! (...)
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When I first saw the title of this book all I could think of was oh no, another saves the century for the ages with one more literary anthology. The Ancient Library at Alexandria could never have contained more papyrus than we have currently available some short story theme involving the century. Though I have fully enjoyed each of the previous collections leisurely reading them over a couple of weeks (which seems like a century when compared to my normal pace), I vowed no more. Than I opened this book just to glimpse at who contributed and soon was hooked again all because Lawrence Block submitted a Batman tale.

Once again the quality is top rate as the thirty-six well-written stories run much of the suspense gamut submitted by a notable cast of writers. The tales include police and legal procedurals as well as the classic private sleuth investigative story among the assortment of other twist and turn tales. None of the stories shortchanges the ensemble, as this is a triumphant aggregation that is worth unhurriedly reading over a couple of weeks.

Harriet Klausner
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A suspenseful anthology Nov. 6 2001
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When I first saw the title of this book all I could think of was oh no, another saves the century for the ages with one more literary anthology. The Ancient Library at Alexandria could never have contained more papyrus than we have currently available some short story theme involving the century. Though I have fully enjoyed each of the previous collections leisurely reading them over a couple of weeks (which seems like a century when compared to my normal pace), I vowed no more. Than I opened this book just to glimpse at who contributed and soon was hooked again all because Lawrence Block submitted a Batman tale.

Once again the quality is top rate as the thirty-six well-written stories run much of the suspense gamut submitted by a notable cast of writers. The tales include police and legal procedurals as well as the classic private sleuth investigative story among the assortment of other twist and turn tales. None of the stories shortchanges the ensemble, as this is a triumphant aggregation that is worth unhurriedly reading over a couple of weeks.

Harriet Klausner
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Collection Designed To Please! Dec 19 2001
By Billy J. Hobbs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Certainly Jeffery Deaver should know good mysteries when he sees them, and in his
personal compilation of a century of these great stories, the reader should assume it's just that, a
collection of great stories! And they are! Deaver exercises an ecumenical spirit here, practically
running the gamut of the genre!

It goes without staying that short stories generally don't carry the impact that novels do on
the same subject (not to patronize short stories, of course, as they are great in their own "write").
With the exception of some personal favorites of mine, such as P.D. James and Ellis Peters, which
he omits, Deaver's wide assortment of writers is a real treasure! For students of the history of the
suspense story, Deaver shows off Anna Katherine Green's story (Ms Green is often considered to
have written the first American suspense novel) to provide a historical perspective, and then
continues on down the time line. Such luminaries as Ellery Queen, John D. MacDonald, Ruth
Rendell, Mickey Spillane, Ed McBain, Sara Paretsky, and Robert Barnard light up these pages.
Indeed, a nice collection to keep around. Fun reading, too! (...)
Disappointing and Lacking in Suspense Feb. 19 2014
By mx - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Like the author, I won't keep you in suspense...

Just because a great writer puts together an anthology does not guarantee that it will be great. Such is the case with this collection. Based on the few stories I have read so far, there is little suspense involved.

For example, “The Gentleman In the Lake”- has its grisly aspects, but little if any suspense.

“Life In Our Time” is not one of Robert Bloch’s best, or even close to being representative of his great talent.

"Batman's Helpers"- More a comedy than anything else, it does not have a satisfying resolution, and seems pointless.

The very last story, by Donald Westlake, "This is Death", is creepy, but would be more at home in the Horror section.

In short, this collection is devoid of the suspense I am familiar with from classic collections. It seems aimed at readers who are not that well-read, or who are easily entertained. Ask yourself why, amidst all these offerings, there is not one single story from Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. Instead Deaver draws from Ellery Queen’s magazine, known more for mystery and detective work than suspense.

I recommend “Hanging By a Thread”(Joan Kahn), or any of the Hitchcock anthologies. By comparison, this book is a big disappointment.
Half of the Stories, I believe April 24 2012
By Jane H - Published on Amazon.com
I believe the <14 hours of recording only covers the first half of the book. I'm wondering if audio for the second half exists?
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good, but not as good as "best mystery stories of the century" July 26 2010
By AT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Great collection of stories, but as I noted, you definitely want to check out The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century (The Best American Series)

One of the best stories included in both of these books is "Quitters, Inc." by Stephen King.

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