A Prisoner of Memory: And 24 of the Year's Finest Crime and Mystery Stories

Overview

In the past decade, it's become obvious that crime and mystery fiction has become the most popular form of entertainment for literary, television, and movie audiences alike. From traditional mystery stories with devious doings and a plot full of clues to terse thrillers with edge-of-the-seat climaxes to the nail-biting tale of psychological suspense, no field of popular fiction can match contemporary crime writing in diversity, excitement, cunning, or satisfaction. In this stunning collection of the year's best ...
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Overview

In the past decade, it's become obvious that crime and mystery fiction has become the most popular form of entertainment for literary, television, and movie audiences alike. From traditional mystery stories with devious doings and a plot full of clues to terse thrillers with edge-of-the-seat climaxes to the nail-biting tale of psychological suspense, no field of popular fiction can match contemporary crime writing in diversity, excitement, cunning, or satisfaction. In this stunning collection of the year's best offerings in the genre, armchair detectives, suspense addicts, and crime solvers alike can thrill to these new stories in the unique way only mystery fiction can provide.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Drawing more than half their selections from Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazineand Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Gorman and Greenberg offer a star-studded lineup of crime and mystery stories published in 2007 in their latest anthology. Among the highlights are Jeffery Deaver's "Making Amends," which plays a deadly twist on a popular TV sitcom; Sandra Scoppettone's "Everybody Loves Somebody," which will fool most readers; and Doug Allyn's "Dead as a Dog," which pits a harried husband against a deadly hunter. Other notable entries include Loren D. Estleman's "The Profane Angel," about Hollywood legend Carole Lombard, and Brendan DuBois's "Country Manners," in which a rural New Hampshire PI gives the FBI a lesson. Jon L. Breen provides a critical overview of the year, while Sarah Weinman, who chose four online stories for the volume, supplies a brief survey of online mysteries. (June)

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Kirkus Reviews
The latest installment of the annual anthology suggests that it hasn't been a vintage year for the mystery short story. Big names dominate. Michael Connelly's accident specialist works a suspicious one-car fatality; Jeffery Deaver's converted sinner makes amends to those who've crossed his path; Lawrence Block's tennis fan turns stalker; Laura Lippman's tough girls deal with a lug looking for you-know-what. In the three longest stories, Doug Allyn pits a suburban father against the hunters who killed his family dog, Dorothy Salisbury Davis recalls a Black Irish murder two generations ago and Clark Howard packs a mercenary off to Kabul to break his brother out of jail. Every entry is workmanlike, none a true standout. Even the anthology's biggest innovation-four online stories prefaced by a survey of online mystery fiction-offers more professionalism than inspiration. The distinguished roster also includes Marcia Muller, Bill Pronzini, Dick Lochte, Robert S. Levinson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Joyce Carol Oates, all in middling form. The saddest news of all is the death of Edward D. Hoch, whose hundreds of mystery short stories offered so many anthologists so much material for so long. Since the collection depends heavily on brand names, 2007 can't even be described as what baseball managers call a building year. Wait till next year is more like it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594478874
  • Publisher: Pegasus
  • Publication date: 5/25/2008
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Ed Gorman has received the Shamus Award, the Spur
Award, and the International Fiction Writers Award. Ed lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Martin H. Greenberg Martin H. Greenberg has been called “the best anthologist since Ellery Queen.” He’s the most prolific anthologist in publishing history and recipient of the Ellery Queen Award for life achievement in editing from the Mystery Guild of America. He is also one of the editors of Sherlock Holmes in America and Vampire Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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Table of Contents

The Mystery in 2007 Jon L. Breen Breen, Jon L. 1

Obituaries in 2007 Edward D. Hoch Hoch, Edward D. 23

Mulholland Dive Michael Connelly Connelly, Michael 35

Everybody Loves Somebody Sandra Scoppettone Scoppettone, Sandra 49

Making Amends Jeffery Deaver Deaver, Jeffery 59

A Vision in White Lawrence Block Block, Lawrence 80

Pony Girl Laura Lippman Lippman, Laura 89

Prayers for the Dying Jeremiah Healy Healy, Jeremiah 97

Devil Dog Dick Lochte Lochte, Dick 110

A Prisoner of Memory Robert S. Levinson Levinson, Robert S. 132

A Saving Grace Patricia Abbott Abbott, Patricia 151

Cadaver Dog Bryon Quertermous Quertermous, Bryon 164

Anniversary Hilary Davidson Davidson, Hilary 172

Something Out of the Ordinary Kerry Ashwin Ashwin, Kerry 178

Dead as a Dog Doug Allyn Allyn, Doug 182

Dies Irae Dorothy Salisbury Davis Davis, Dorothy Salisbury 211

Blues in the Kabul Night Clark Howard Howard, Clark 245

The Profane Angel Loren D. Estleman Estleman, Loren D. 277

Bereavement Tom Piccirilli Piccirilli, Tom 293

Country Manners Brendan DuBois DuBois, Brendan 302

And Then She was Gone Christine Matthews Matthews, Christine 321

The Guardians Jim Fusilli Fusilli, Jim 342

I Killed Nancy Pickard Pickard, Nancy 359

Substitutions Kristine Kathryn Rusch Rusch, Kristine Kathryn 368

Pickpocket Marcia Muller Muller, Marcia 387

The Winning Ticket Bill Pronzini Pronzini, Bill 402

Valentine, July Heat Wave Joyce Carol Oates Oates, Joyce Carol 410

Online Mystery Fiction in 2007 Sarah Weinman Weinman, Sarah 421

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