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The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2015

    Great book

    I love mystery short stories and am so glad I found this anthology Enjoyed reading every story Was also happy to see so many of my favorite authors included and many new to me

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    powerful anthology consisting of thirty-nine tales from 2001

    As usual the G and G (great goldies) team has put together a powerful anthology consisting of thirty-nine tales from 2001 that run the mystery-crime-thriller spectrum. Obviously all the inclusions have seen print elsewhere, but not under one tome before this compilation. The contributions for the most part are excellent depending on the reader¿s taste, but none are terrible regardless of palate. In addition three articles report on the general state of the genre during 2001 and four country specific reports (Great Britain, Australia, Canada, and Germany) furnish insight into the trends. THE WORLD'S FINEST MYSTERY AND CRIME STORIES, THIRD ANNUAL COLLECTION, VOL. 3 provides the audience with a delightful slice of some of the year¿s better short stories. Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Lives up to its title

    This reviewer now understands G-Force as simply Gorman and Greenberg combining their immense talents on unsuspecting readers by providing the best anthologies. The latest collection provides the audience with over forty short stories from the wide gamut of sub-genres that makes up the mystery realm. Almost all the contributions are superb as many of the genre¿s top guns provided an entry. There is also several articles providing understanding of the state of the genre in the year 2000 including insight into the status in several nations. This reviewer split her time by reading one of the eight articles for every five fictionalized stories because bluntly though the accounts are interesting; it is the fiction that draws the reader including moi. G-Force has succeeded once gain with an engaging collection that genre fans will enjoy because the stories are entertaining and the articles fascinating with where we have been and where we seem to be going. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Lives up to its name

    Just a few years ago, if anyone asked me if I enjoyed short stories, I would have responded with show me the character¿s depth or where¿s the plot. However, an E-mail cyber pal asked me if I read everything about a detective I had said was one of my favorites. My initial response was yes, but that was not true because the character had appeared in a few anthologies. I decided to try an Ed Gorman edited anthology that included the sleuth and am now hooked for life. I can leisurely enjoy reading superb stories a few tales a night instead of my usual obsession to complete a novel (or two) in one sitting. I also meet new authors and characters in typically twenty to thirty pages, which sends me hustling to find other works by them. <P>Mr. Gorman is much more than just an editor-writer. He is one of the grandmasters of putting together the right combination of stories into a collection that hook fans to want more works from his contributors. His latest effort THE WORLD¿S FINEST MYSTERY AND CRIME STORIES is as usual an excellent book that reads like an honor roll of the genre with such international notables as Block, McBain, Rankin, Hoch, and Oates, etc. <P>There are forty entries varying in quality, but none are poor as Mr. Gorman always keeps the level of performance at the highest bars. The stories have an international flavor, varying in time and place. Jon L. Breen also provides an interesting perspective into what occurred to the genre in 1999. This collection is a winner by merit of the strong contributions. <P>Harriet Klausner

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