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The Best American Crime Reporting 2010

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Thieves, liars, and killers—it’s a criminal world out there, and someone has to write about it. A thrilling collection of the year’s best reportage by the aces of the true-crime genre, The Best American Crime Reporting 2010 brings together the mysteries and missteps of an eclectic and unforgettable set of criminals. Gripping, suspenseful, and brilliant, this latest addition to the highly acclaimed series features guest editor Stephen J. Dubner, award-winning and megabestselling coauthor of SuperFreakonomics and ...

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Overview

Thieves, liars, and killers—it’s a criminal world out there, and someone has to write about it. A thrilling collection of the year’s best reportage by the aces of the true-crime genre, The Best American Crime Reporting 2010 brings together the mysteries and missteps of an eclectic and unforgettable set of criminals. Gripping, suspenseful, and brilliant, this latest addition to the highly acclaimed series features guest editor Stephen J. Dubner, award-winning and megabestselling coauthor of SuperFreakonomics and Freakonomics.

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Publishers Weekly
From sitting face-to-face with a cartel hitman to an unsolved kidnapping, the stories collected here are some of the best depictions of the worst of humanity. Guest editor Dubner (co-author of Freakonomics) wisely opens with a pair of pieces from long-time New Yorker staff writer Calvin Trillin, which demonstrate the wide scope of the collection: a darkly humorous poem about Roman Polanski's defenders against a statutory rape charge, and a small-town crime story about a Michigan man who gunned down a group of teenagers at a local swimming hole because he had "nothing to lose." Other standouts include Lisa R. Cohen's New York magazine piece about the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz from his SoHo street and the protracted battle to bring his suspected killer to trial; Peter Savodnik's unsettling report from GQ of the Russian serial killer Alexander Pichushkin (known as the "The Maniac"), who was convicted of murdering 48 people but claimed to have killed 63; and Charles Bowden's unnerving account in Harper's of interviewing an assassin who "disappeared" hundreds of people in Mexico. Series editors Otto Penzler and Thomas H. Cook continue to deliver top-notch collections of crime stories big and small. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061490866
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Pages: 359
  • Sales rank: 1,109,059
  • Product dimensions: 8.26 (w) x 11.08 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Preface Thomas H. Cook Cook, Thomas H.

Introduction Stephen J. Dubner Dubner, Stephen J.

What Whoopi Goldberg ("Not A Rape-Rape"), Harvey Weinstein ("So-Called Crime"), Et Al. Are Saying In Their Outrage Over The Arrest Of Roman Polanski Calvin Trillin Trillin, Calvin 1

At The Train Bridge Calvin Trillin Trillin, Calvin 3

Smooth Jailing Rick Anderson Anderson, Rick 19

What Happened To Etan Patz? Lisa R. Cohen Cohen, Lisa R. 31

Sex, Lies, & Videotape Kevin Gray Gray, Kevin 45

Trial By Fire David Grann Grann, David 61

Flesh And Blood Pamela Colloff Colloff, Pamela 111

The Celebrity Defense Jeffrey Toobin Toobin, Jeffrey 139

The Snatchback Nadya Labi Labi, Nadya 173

The Chessboard Killer Peter Savodnik Savodnik, Peter 201

The Great Buffalo Caper Maximillian Potter Potter, Maximillian 229

The Man Who Shot The Man Who Shot Lincoln Ernest B. Furgurson Furgurson, Ernest B. 257

The Boy Who Heard Too Much David Kushner Kushner, David 271

Bringing Down The Dogmen Skip Hollandsworth Hollandsworth, Skip 291

Madoff And His Models Ron Chernow Chernow, Ron 313

The Sicario Charles Bowden Bowden, Charles 329

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