The Best American Mystery Stories 2017
The Best American Mystery Stories 2017

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Annotation: Contains Mature Material
Catalog Number: #149368
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Special Formats: Adult Language Adult Language
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 384
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-544-94908-0 Perma-Bound: 0-605-99347-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-544-94908-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-99347-1
Dewey: Fic
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
Sandford, creator of the action-packed Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers franchises, reprints 20 tales of murder and mayhem in the latest entry of this Penzler-curated series.Although he would like to engage in "an intellectual tour of the history or theory of short-story writing," what Sandford really has on offer is a highly masculinized exploration of fairly recent concerns. Fifteen of these stories are by white men, the remainder by white women. Their themes include pursuit and intrusion. A hit man stalks his prey in Gerri Brightwell's "Williamsville." A driver pursues a motorcyclist in Wallace Stroby's "Night Run." An olfactorily-challenged serial killer seeks his next victim in Peter Straub's "The Process Is a Process All Its Own." Men also defend what they see as theirs. An injured boxer looks for the lucky shot that will keep a Mexican upstart from making inroads against his Irish family's franchise in Doug Allyn's "Puncher's Chance." A pot grower finds a way to keep poachers off his land in Dan Bevacqua's "The Human Variable." A rural farmer defends his pregnant wife against intruders in C.J. Box's "Power Wagon." And Jim Allyn combines flight and intrusion in "The Master of Negwegon," a tale of military buddies who team up to catch the fourth member of their crew who's killed a teenager for despoiling his pristine forest. Readers will find the occasional relationship story. A mobbed-up transplant to California forms an unlikely friendship with an elderly Italian horse-whisperer in Steven Popkes' "The Sweet Warm Earth." Joyce Carol Oates offers a tale of love gone wrong in "The Woman in the Window." And relationships can grow out of intrusion, as the protagonist of K. McGee's "Dot Rat" discovers.With its narrow take on what it means to be American, Sandford's collection seems determined to make the genre great again.
Publishers Weekly
The 21st annual best-of volume in general editor Otto Penzler-s series demonstrates the care that went into selecting its 20 entries. Doug Allyn-s -Puncher-s Chance,- in which a man hopes to save his family from a thug, is a perfect illustration of how a gifted writer can bring readers into an unfamiliar world-here professional boxing-and combine that with deft characterizations and an intelligent plot within the confines of a short story. Geri Brightwell-s -Williamsville- deviates wickedly from its opening narrative pathway, in which a gun for hire in the Old West seeks the man his cuckolded client has paid him to kill. Charles John Harper-s hard-boiled yarn, -Lovers and Thieves,- will make fans of the subgenre hope that its PI lead, Darrow Nash, will walk the mean streets of L.A. again. In Brendan Dubois-s -The Man from Away,- another high point, a man whose wife is killed in an accident seeks his own form of justice, despite her harsh treatment of him. Fans of such notables as C.J. Box, Peter Straub, and Joyce Carol Oates chiefly known for their novels will be pleased to see how well they write at shorter length. Agent: Nat Sobel, Sobel Weber. (Oct.)

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Reading Level: 9.0
Interest Level: 9+

"Fans of such notables as C.J. Box, Peter Straub, and Joyce Carol Oates chiefly known for their novels will be pleased to see how well they write at shorter length."--Publishers Weekly "Some people might tell you that crime short stories, unlike the more precious kind, are a kind of fictional ghetto, full of cardboard characters and clichéd situations. Not true. These stories are remarkably free of bullshit--al­though there's always a little, just to grease the wheels," writes guest editor John Sandford in his introduction. From an isolated Wyoming ranch to the Detroit boxing underworld, and from kidnapping and adultery in the Hollywood Hills to a serial killer loose in a nursing home, The Best American Mystery Stories 2017 hosts an entertaining abundance of crime, psychological suspense, and bad intentions. The Best American Mystery Stories 2017 includes C. J. BOX, GERRI BRIGHTWELL, JEFFERY DEAVER, BRENDAN DUBOIS, TRINA COREY, CRAIG JOHNSON, JOYCE CAROL OATES, PETER STRAUB, and others

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