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 languagesone 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!
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