The Best American Mystery Stories 2011: The Best American Series

The Best American Mystery Stories 2011: The Best American Series

by Harlan Coben, Otto Penzler
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The Best American Mystery Stories 2011: The Best American Series by Harlan Coben

The Best American Series®
First, Best, and Best-Selling

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected—and most popular—of its kind.
The Best American Mystery Stories 2011 includes

Lawrence Block, Brendan DuBois, Loren D. Estleman,
Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin, Ed Gorman, Richard Lange, S. J. Rozan,
Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins, and others

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547678443
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Series: Best American Series
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 611,136
File size: 483 KB

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.

Hometown:

Ridgewood, New Jersey

Date of Birth:

January 4, 1962

Place of Birth:

Newark, New Jersey

Education:

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

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The Best American Mystery Stories 2011 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 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.
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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.