The Best American Crime Reporting 2008
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The Best American Crime Reporting 2008

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by Jonathan Kellerman, Otto Penzler, Thomas H. Cook
     
 

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Thieves, liars, killers, and conspirators—it's a criminal world out there, and someone has got to write about it. An eclectic collection of the year's best reportage, The Best American Crime Reporting 2008 brings together the murderers and the master­minds, the mysteries and missteps that make for brilliant stories, told by the aces of the

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Thieves, liars, killers, and conspirators—it's a criminal world out there, and someone has got to write about it. An eclectic collection of the year's best reportage, The Best American Crime Reporting 2008 brings together the murderers and the master­minds, the mysteries and missteps that make for brilliant stories, told by the aces of the true-crime genre. This latest addition to the highly acclaimed series features guest editor Jonathan Kellerman, bestselling author of more than twenty crime novels, most recently Compulsion and the forthcoming Bones.

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Crime novelist Kellerman, guest editor of this seventh annual collection, features 15 essays, all but two of which appeared previously in periodicals ranging from the Atlantic and The New Yorker to the Cleveland Free Times and ESPN magazine. The essays feature stories of crime and criminal investigations. For example, Jeremy Kahn writes of a small-time criminal and his problems after snitching on a neighborhood drug dealer and killer. In another story, Charles Graeber reports on a serial killer who wants to donate a kidney. The book also features some essays that discuss past events, such as D.T. Max's review of the death of author Malcolm Lowry in 1957. Each entry features a coda by the author either to bring the story up to date or give the author a chance to add some more background. As a whole, this book is engaging to read and will definitely be of interest to fans of true-crime books. Recommended for most public libraries.
—Joel W. Tscherne

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061490835
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/09/2008
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Kellerman received his Ph.D. in psychology at the age of twenty-four. In 1985, his first novel, When the Bough Breaks, became a New York Times bestseller, was produced as a TV movie, and won the Edgar Allan Poe and Anthony awards for best first novel. Since then, he has written twenty-eight bestselling crime novels.

Otto Penzler is the proprietor of the Mysterious Bookshop, the founder of the Mysterious Press, the creator of Otto Penzler Books, and the editor of many books and anthologies.

Thomas H. Cook is the author of twenty-three books, including The Chatham School Affair, which won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel, and, most recently, The Last Talk with Lola Faye.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Beverly Hills, California
Date of Birth:
August 9, 1949
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
B.A. in psychology, University of California-Los Angeles; Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1974
Website:
http://www.jonathankellerman.com/

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