The Best American Crime Writing: 2003 Edition: The Year's Best True Crime Reporting (Vintage Original) Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0375713019
ISBN-10: 0375713018
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From Publishers Weekly

Surpassing even last year's acclaimed inaugural collection, Penzler and Cook, with guest editor Berendt (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil), return with another candid and powerful selection of true crime reporting. The editors have pulled together an array of essays distinguished as much by their insight and intelligence as by their riveting tales of bizarre and unnerving criminality. Articles such as "The Accused" by Paige Williams (which exposes the legacy of suspicion that has haunted a wrongfully accused man since 1978) and "The Terrible Boy" (Tom Junod's brilliant and compassionate portrait of an unlucky kid who swung a fateful punch and became a poster child for antibullying movements across the nation) transcend the genre to explore the disregarded costs of justice and lives destroyed in moments of thoughtlessness. Some of the essays confront depraved atrocities, but others are only marginally associated with crime. "A Woman's Work" by Peter Landesman recounts how Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, the former national minister of family and women's affairs for Rwanda, masterminded the rape and slaughter of thousands. While "The Boy Who Loved Transit" by Jeff Tietz tells the story of a harmless, lovable man with Asperger's syndrome whose obsession with trains leads him to repeatedly impersonate a New York City Transit Authority employee. This excellent collection covers Web-cam pornography, the Enron debacle, forced prostitution in Europe, killer attack dogs, the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, bumbling Nazi saboteurs and the science of rotting corpses-so there is sure to be something here for everyone.
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“An artful mix of the political, the odd, the macabre, and the downright brilliant... The entire collection is an even mix of 'why didn't I clip that?' and 'how did I miss that?' Avid true-crime readers, take note.” –Entertainment Weekly

“Compelling, well written . . . a riveting collection.” –The Boston Sunday Globe

“Jammed with good prose, fascinating stories and probing investigative work . . . all first rate. . . . ‘Best’ really belongs in the title.” –Star Tribune


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  • File Size: 3118 KB
  • Print Length: 511 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Group E-Books; 2003 ed. edition (July 22, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 4, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003FCVFZE
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By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on January 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
Simply stated, the "Best American" series is a national treasure. This is only the second volume of the Crime Writing entry, and it is already up there with Best American Mystery Stories and Best American Sports Writing in terms of quality. All of the Best American books feature great use of the written word, regardless of subject matter. In that sense, this book is a home run.
The book starts out with "Big Shot," the tragic tale of former NBA star Jayson Williams, and of the less famous man he unfortunately killed while showing off a gun in his home. "The Counterterroist" is about a wourld renowned FBI counterterrorism expert who retired to become head of security at the World Trasde Center, only to die in the attacks two weeks later. "The Last Ride of Jesse James Hollywood" is a disturbing spectacle of bored modern youth. "The Enron Wars" provide a great insiders view of that scandal. "How Two Lives Met in Death" is a heartbreaking tale of an Israeli and Palestinian teenager, one of whom killed the other in a senseless suicide bombing. And "The Bully of Toulon" describes how a psychotic resident of a small town instituded an atmosphere of fear among his neighbors until it exploded into violence.
These great tales and much more await those who decide to sit down with the 2003 edoition of Best American Crime Writing.
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I really enjoyed reading this book! It is old crime news from 2003, however, there were several items that I had no idea about & some actually cleared up some questions that I had had at the time but forgot to search on! Shamefully, I of course knew about the Enron story but virtually ignored it at that time, considering it boring! I discovered it was actually quite fascinating! These are actual stories written at the time from a variety of sources, i.e., magazines, periodicals, & newspapers & were considered the most well written crime essays for the year! There were familiar articles, such as the infamous Jesse James Hollywood, the vicious Diane Whipple murder by dogs in San Francisco, & Rwandan genocide, to name just a few! With 20 articles, there should definitely be a few that should pique anyone's interest & other stories that may just fascinate!! I highly recommend!
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this is one of the best in the crime writing series the stories "the last ride of jesse james hollywood" and "mad dogs and lawyers" are must reads! it is such a shame that this series has been discontinued i looked forward to picking up a new edition each year i have them all (except 2002) once you read one you will want them all. If you are a true crime fan these are a must for your collection!
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This book is a compilation of a number of true crime articles written during 2002. The influence of 9/11 and terrorism is abundant. But many of the other stories delve into a more "bizarre" area of crime and the criminal mind. While none of the articles blew me away, all were solid and interesting. Anyone looking for true crime from a slightly different angle should look here.
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