by Otto Penzler (Editor)


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Specially commissioned by the Mysterious Bookshop, the “biblio-mysteries" in this unique collection feature original stories by the genre’s most distinguished authors: Ken Bruen, Loren D. Estleman, Nelson DeMille, Anne Perry, Jeffery Deaver, C. J. Box, Thomas H. Cook, and Laura Lippman.

If you open your dictionary, you will discover that there is no such word as “bibliomystery.” However, most mystery readers know that the word refers to a mystery story that involves the world of books: a bookshop, a rare volume, a library, a collector, or a bookseller.

The stories in this unique collection were commissioned by the Mysterious Bookshop. They were written by some of the mystery genre’s most distinguished authors. Tough guys like Ken Bruen, Reed Farrel Coleman, Loren D. Estleman, and Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins. Bestsellers like Nelson DeMille, Anne Perry, and Jeffery Deaver. Edgar winners such as C. J. Box, Thomas H. Cook, and Laura Lippman.

Here you will discover Sigmund Freud dealing with an unwelcome visitor; Columbo confronting a murderous bookseller; a Mexican cartel kingpin with a fatal weakness for rare books; and deadly secrets deep in the London Library; plus books with hidden messages, beguiling booksellers, crafty collectors, and a magical library that is guaranteed to enchant you. The stories have been published in seven languages—one has sold more than 250,000 copies as an e-book (“The Book Case” by Nelson DeMille)—and another won the Edgar Allan Poe Award as the Best Short Story of the Year (“The Caxton Lending Library and Book Depository” by John Connolly).  

Who knew literature could be so lethal!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681774589
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 08/08/2017
Series: Bibliomysteries Series , #1
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Otto Penzler is the proprietor of the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. He is the founder of the Mysterious Press and Otto Penzler Books, and has received an Edgar Award, an Ellery Queen Award, and a Raven Award for his contribution to the mystery field. His anthology The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps was a New York Times Bestseller.

Table of Contents

An Acceptable Sacrifice Jeffery Deaver 1

Pronghorns of the Third Reich C.J. Box 43

The Book of Virtue Ken Bruen 69

The Book of Ghosts Reed Barrel Coleman 93

The Final Testament Peter Manner 121

What's in a Name? Thomas H. Cook 151

Book Club Loren D. Estleman 179

Death Leaves a Bookmark William Link 203

The Book Thing Laura Lippman 231

The Scroll Anne Perry 257

It's in the Book Mickey Spillane Max Allan Collins 293

The Long Sonata of the Dead Andrew Taylor 333

Rides a Stranger David Bell 361

The Caxton Lending Library & Book Depository John Connolly 413

The Book Case Nelson DeMille 471

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