The Best American Mystery Stories 2008

The Best American Mystery Stories 2008


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“A must-read for anyone who cares about crime stories.”—Booklist

The award-winning author and Emmy-nominated television writer George Pelecanos serves as editor of the twelfth installment of this genre-expanding anthology, featuring twenty of the past year’s most enthralling, suspenseful, and slyly illuminating mystery stories.

A cut-and-dried case for a wily crime-scene reconstructionist is turned on its head in Michael Connelly’s “Mulholland Dive.” A terrible secret shared between two childhood friends resurfaces decades later as one of them lies on her deathbed in Alice Munro’s masterful “Child’s Play.” James Lee Burke tells the haunting tale of a Hurricane Katrina evacuee who unexpectedly finds comfort from an unimaginable loss in “Mist.” And in Holly Goddard Jones’s “Proof of God,” a young man’s car is repeatedly vandalized as proof that someone knows about the truths he’d never willingly reveal.
As Pelecanos notes in his introduction, the twenty “original and unique voices” in this collection pay homage to the genre’s forebears by taking crime fiction into a thrilling new direction. “But make no mistake,” he says, “we are all standing on the shoulders of writers who came before us and left an indelible mark on literature through craftsmanship, care, and the desire to leave something of worth behind.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618812677
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/19/2011
Series: Best American Mystery Stories Series
Pages: 450
Sales rank: 690,796
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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.


Silver Spring, Maryland

Date of Birth:

February 18, 1957

Place of Birth:

Washington, D.C.


B.A., University of Maryland at College Park, 1980

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sandiek More than 1 year ago
This is the 2008 version of this annual compilation of the best mystery stories of the year. The series editor is Otto Penzler and each year has an individual editor. The editor for 2008 is George Pelecanos. This series has been running since 1997. In the 2008 edition, both well-known names in mystery and suspense as well as those less familiar to the reader are featured. Authors include James Lee Burke, Michael Connelly, Robert Ferrigno, Chuck Hogan, Rupert Holmes, Holly Goddard Jones, Peter Lasalle, Kyle Minor, Alice Munro, Thisbe Nissen, Joyce Carol Oates, Nathan Oates, Jas. R. Petrin, Scott Phillips, Stephen Rhodes, S.J. Rozan, Hugh Sheehy, Elizabeth Strout, Melissa Vanbeck and Scott Wolven. Every mystery reader can find a story represented here in the genre they like best. Victorian mysteries, hard-core detectives, puzzlers, offbeat mysteries; all are here. Elizabeth Strout's story will be recognized by those who later read her bestseller, Olive Kittridge, as it is a vignette from that book. My personal favorite was an offbeat mystery called Given Her History by Melissa Vanbeck. It is an offbeat story of a girl touched by death and taken in by a quirky woman who treats her much better than her family ever did. This book is recommended for lovers of short stories and mystery readers.