“What you’ll find in this volume are stories that demonstrate a mastery of plotting; stories that compel you to keep turning the pages because of plot and because of setting; stories that wield suspense like a sword; stories of people getting their comeuppance; stories that utilize superb point of view; stories that plumb one particular and unfortunate attribute of a character,” promises guest editor Elizabeth George in her introduction. The Best American Mystery Stories 2016 is a feast of both literary crime and hard-boiled detection, featuring a seemingly innocent murderer, a drug dealer in love, a drunken prank gone terribly wrong, and plenty of other surprising twists and turns.
The Best American Mystery Stories 2016 includes STEVE ALMOND, MEGAN ABBOTT, MATT BELL, LYDIA FITZPATRICK, TOM FRANKLIN, STEPHEN KING, ELMORE LEONARD, KRISTINE KATHRYN RUSCH and others
ELIZABETH GEORGE, guest editor, is the New York Times and internationally best-selling author of twenty British crime novels featuring Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his unconventional partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. Her crime novels have been translated into thirty languages and featured on television by the BBC.
OTTO PENZLER, series editor, is a renowned mystery editor, publisher, columnist, and owner of New York’s The Mysterious Bookshop, the oldest and largest bookstores solely dedicated to mystery fiction. He has edited more than fifty crime-fiction anthologies.
Short story fans will find much to enjoy in series editor Otto Penzler's highly readable 20th annual best-of anthology. Among the 20 contributors are such genre giants as Elmore Leonard ("For Something to Do") and Stephen King ("A Death"), but lesser known authors prove more than able to hold their own. "Little Men," an Edgar finalist by Megan Abbott, delivers delicious twists and dreamlike prose in a ghostly story of death set in 1950s Hollywood. "Safety" by Lydia Fitzpatrick strikes close to home with the tale of a school shooting, imbuing the characters with humanity. And Evan Lewis successfully riffs on Hammett's "The Continental Op" with "The Continental Opposite," while Robert Lopresti's "Street of the Dead House" plays with Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by relating the familiar story from the perspective of the killer ape. Those looking for a quick fix of suspense and intrigue won't be disappointed.