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The Best American Mystery Stories 2003 (The Best American Series) Paperback – October 10, 2003
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The stories are generally well written and a few are gems.Read more ›
This collection offers a smorgasbord of mystery stories as varied as the diversity of America itself. From "The Jukebox King", set in Detroit in the 60's to "The Adventure of the Agitated Actress", a delightful retake of Sherlock Holmes in London, the anthology offers the best of the year. And, as always, Joyce Carol Oates contributes a compelling, beautifully written and enigmatic short story. Worthwhile reading.
In War Can Be Murder by Mike Noonan, a nifty little black-market trick is played and in Richard’s Children, perhaps the most fanciful story here, set in London, the suggestion is made that Richard the III has a legacy still alive and well in the form of a secret organisation. The story by Joyce Carol Oates The Skull, concerns the reconstruction of a skull after four years in the ground. What the murderer broke, Kyle Cassity is certain to reconstruct. He finds himself talking to the dead woman: “Now you have a friend, dear, Kyle is your friend.” His skills bring to a dead girl back,though forever inanimate, and remind him of another dead girl, lost to time.
I really enjoyed George P. Pelecanos’ contribution, in which revenge is taken in secret on a vile racist. In Lavender, Walter Moseley’s contribution, two young people try to escape a heavy father’s disapproval of his daughter’s choice of a boyfriend.
Almost perfect – a very strong selection of stories. However, I wonder why nearly all of the stories involved shooting denouements. Do the cops never get to put their man in prison these days?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No, I will NOT recommend this book to anyone!!
At least 50% of the stories were crude and rude.
Quite a few were loaded with lots of over-the-top
sex. Read more
I like to pass time on my lunch hour with books on CD, and this one is a gem because of the variety of stories.Published on December 26, 2007 by Jolinda J. Meredith
While I like Connelly's work, this collection he edited seems flat like a day-old warm Coke: there is no mystery to it, as if the entire mystery short story genre got swallowed up... Read morePublished on October 30, 2005 by C. Blanc