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The Best American Crime Reporting 2010 Paperback – September 14, 2010

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Although it will be of interest primarily to true-crime aficionados, this is not really a true-crime book. The focus is on the people—perpetrators and victims—rather than the nuts-and-bolts details of the crimes and investigations. For example, Rick Anderson profiles a career criminal who spent most of the past quarter-century in jail but still managed to rack up 112 convictions over the brief periods when he was out. David Grann’s story about a man who may have been wrongly convicted of burning down his own home and murdering his family has moments of heartbreaking sadness. On the other hand, Kevin Gray’s story about a con-artist gigolo is, if not outright funny, at least worth a raised eyebrow or two. And Ron Chernow’s piece about a couple of notorious pyramid schemers who predate Bernie Madoff provides a nice capsule history of this always-profitable (and usually self-destructing) swindle. Another fine entry in a consistently interesting series that always spotlights fine writing and engaging stories. --David Pitt

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Thieves, liars, and killers—it’s a criminal world out there, and someone has to write about it. A thrilling collection of the year’s best reportage by the aces of the true-crime genre, The Best American Crime Reporting 2010 brings together the mysteries and missteps of an eclectic and unforgettable set of criminals. Gripping, suspenseful, and brilliant, this latest addition to the highly acclaimed series features guest editor Stephen J. Dubner, award-winning and megabestselling coauthor of SuperFreakonomics and Freakonomics.

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Product Details

  • Series: Best American Crime Reporting
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco; Original edition (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061490865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061490866
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #981,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Millington on October 27, 2012
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...than just a review. I have read all of the books in the Best of Crime Reporting series, & found this to be one of the best. If you are interested in true crime, or just want to read a well-written account of a "true" story, this series is highly recommended.
However, my question is: What happened to this series after 2010? There was no 2011 volume, & I cannot find a 2012 entry, either. Last year, I tried e-mailing the publishers but got no response. Each year has a different editor, so there is really no one author to ask, either.
So, I decided to put this out there & see if any readers could tell me what is going on. For the record, if the publishers happen to see this post, please put this Best Of series back in production!! I miss it, & I'm sure I have alot of company!
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The kindle book does not contain all the stories that the print version does. I bought this book because I needed it for a English class, and one of the assignments was to read the story "What Happened to Etan Patz", which is in the paperback version, but not the kindle. I had to purchase another book at the school book store to get the assignment done. I requested a refund from Amazon, and am waiting to hear back. If they do give me a refund, I will upgrade my feedback. The stories are interesting.
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I have all the books in the series and I anxiously wait for September each year -- and pre-order -- for new editions. 2009's edition was absolutely the best, without a doubt. This edition, starts slow and moves slow. The stories are not pow-wow-knock-you-out, but are just ok. Actually, uninspiring to tell the truth. I am willing to bet there were better stories featured last year in the magazines/newspapers etc. But buy the book. It is still worth reading and wondering at the human mind and why people do the things they do.
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Great book. If you haven't read any of the others, it will be well worth picking them up and reading those, too. Excellent writing and very interesting stories.
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