Sixteen topflight mysteries by authors judged by their peers as "best in the business." This volume includes Shamus-winning short stories from 1996 through 2009. Well-known private eyes Amos Walker, Aaron Gunner, Scott Elliott and Alo Nudger tackle their toughest cases, joined by newer talent that proves crime-fighting is a fresh 21st century game. Authors include Pearl Abraham, Mitch Alderman, O'Neil De Noux, Brendan DuBois, Loren D. Estleman, Terrence Faherty, Gar Anthony Haywood, Jeremiah Healy, Ceri Jordan, John Lutz, Lia Matera, Warren Murphy, I. J. Parker, Cornelia Read, Carolyn Wheat, and Michael Wiecek. Edited and introduced by Robert J. Randisi.