The Best American Mystery Stories 2019

The Best American Mystery Stories 2019

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Overview


New York Times best-selling author of ten genre-bending novels Jonathan Lethem helms this collection of the year’s best mystery short fiction. 

For Jonathan Lethem, “crime stories are deep species gossip.” He writes in his introduction that “they’re fundamentally stories of power, of its exercise, both spontaneous and conspiratorial; stories of impulse and desire, and of the turning of tables.” The Best American Mystery Stories 2019 has its full share of salacious intrigue, guilt, and retribution. The twists and bad decisions pile up when a thief picks the wrong target or a simple scavenger hunt takes a terrible turn. What happens when you befriend a death row inmate, or just how does writing Internet clickbait became a decidedly dangerous occupation? “How can we not hang on their outcomes?” asks Lethem. “Are we innocent ourselves, or complicit?” Read on to find out.
 
The Best American Mystery Stories 2019 includes Sharon Hunt, Harley Jane Kozak, Mark Mayer, Jennifer McMahon, Joyce Carol Oates, Brian Panowich, Tonya D. Price, Ron Rash, Robb T. White, and others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781328636096
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Series: Best American Series Series
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 50,394
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

JONATHAN LETHEM is the author of several novels, including Motherless Brooklyn; The Fortress of Solitude;Gun, with Occasional Music; and Dissident Gardens.




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.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

Left Bennington College after two years

Table of Contents


JONATHAN LETHEM: Introduction
ROBERT HINDERLITER: Coach O
SHARON HUNT: The Keepers of All Sins
REED JOHNSON: Open House
ARTHUR KLEPCHUKOV: A Damn Fine Town
HARLEY JANE KOZAK: The Walk-In
PRESTON LANG: Top Ten Vacation Selfies of YouTube Stars
JARED LIPOF: Mastermind
ANNE THERESE MACDONALD: That Donnelly Crowd
MARK MAYER: The Clown
REBECCA MCKANNA: Interpreting American Gothic
JENNIFER MCMAHON: Hannah-Beast
JOYCE CAROL OATES: The Archivist
BRIAN PANOWICH: A Box of Hope
TONYA D. PRICE: Payback
SUZANNE PROULX: If You Say So
RON RASH: Neighbors
AMANDA REA: Faint of Heart
DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI: Lush
ROBB T. WHITE: Inside Man
TED WHITE: Burning Down the House
 

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