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Publisher Description

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.

Mysteries & Thrillers
October 1
HMH Books
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Customer Reviews

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An Eagerly Awaited Collection

I was happy to discover this j was already out in October. Somehow I found fewer of the stories grabbed me this year. Recognizably I change with aging and the genre evolves to. Still there are plenty of stories in it I found to be first rate. And I was prompted to buy a novel by one of the authors.
That is one of the pleasures of the collection, it introduces me to new authors and their work.

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