The Best American Mystery Stories 2011

The Best American Mystery Stories 2011


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ISBN-13: 9780547553962
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Series: Best American Series
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 383,649
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Harlan Coben's last three consecutive novels CaughtLong Lost, and Hold Tight all debuted  at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and lists around the world. He is a winner of the Edgar Award, the Shamus Award, and the Anthony Award.

OTTO PENZLER is a renowned mystery editor, publisher, columnist, and owner of New York’s The Mysterious Bookshop, the oldest and largest bookstore solely dedicated to mystery fiction. He has edited more than fifty crime-fiction anthologies. He lives in New York.


Ridgewood, New Jersey

Date of Birth:

January 4, 1962

Place of Birth:

Newark, New Jersey


B.A. in political science, Amherst College, 1984

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The Best American Mystery Stories 2011 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ReaderOfThePack More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of both short stories and mysteries, so The Best American Mystery Stories 2011 was bound to pique my curiosity. This year's collection was edited by Harlan Coben, so I knew this would be a good set of stories. Surprisingly, I think my favorite story was The End of the String by Charles McCarry. This story involves an American in Ndala who becomes involved with a military man wishing to overthrow the president. This is not a topic I would normally seek out, but what a storyteller! I was completely drawn into the plot. I also enjoyed Destiny City by James Grady, which centers around a terrorist plot. I am not one to seek out terroristic or political crime stories, but I found that I enjoyed all of them in this collection. My second favorite story in this collection was The Hitter by Chris F. Holm. The Hitter is about a hit man who kills other hit men. This hit man contracts with potential victims to profit off the fact that he can save their lives by killing their would be assassins. Eventually, his chosen profession catches up to him. Flying Solo by Ed Gorman is about two elderly men who befriend one another while receiving chemo treatment, and together they become vigilantes, fighting injustices. Honorable mentions include Who Stole My Monkey? by David Corbett and Luis Alberto Urrea, A Crime of Opportunity by Ernest J. Finney and The Stars Are Falling by Joe R. Lansdale. I discovered many new authors through this collection, as well as an interest in subject matter that I would not normally seek out in my reading. Many thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing me with a copy to review, via NetGalley.
shelleyraec on LibraryThing 7 months ago
The Best American Mystery Stories are an annual anthology that publishes a selection of tales published in magazines an anthologies during the year. Each year a guest editor is chosen who determines from a list of about 50 submissions, their favourite 20 stories to be included. Harlan Coben is this years editor and as a fan of his books I was interested to read his choices.The Best American Mystery Stories 2011 has great variety and I was more than impressed with the overall quality. Of the twenty short stories there were only two I didn¿t much care for. For me the stand out¿s included Clean Slate by Lawrence Block is the story of a woman damaged by her childhood who has found a way to take revenge, Flying Solo by Ed Gorman involves two elderly men dying of cancer leaving a better world behind them and Chin Yong Yun Takes a Case by SJ Rozan is a case of amateur detection in Chinatown by a minor character in Rozan¿s Lydia Chin series.Many of the stories are quite dark and violent as to be expected when the story centers around crime. Some mysteries are solved, others are open ended leaving you to wonder. In others just who is the victim isn¿t clear. My interest in several authors work was piqued by this collection, others I was already a fan of.I really enjoyed reading the Contributors Notes where the author provides some background to the development of their story. It¿s an inside look into inspiration that is rarely seen.The Best American Mystery Series 2011 is a terrific read and I hope to get my hands on a few of the previous years issues. If you are a crime/mystery fan then you will surely appreciate this outstanding anthology, it¿s a must read.
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"Three some?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*smiles at her* So, what do you wanna do?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is simply a collection of short stories that are all "journey" with no "destination." The writing is okay but again, I thought it was writing just for the sake of writing. If you are seeking mystery in the traditional sense then tis book is not for you.