The Best American Crime Writing by Otto Penzler
2003 Edition: The Year's Best True Crime Reporting

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This year’s worth of the most powerful, the most startling, the smartest and most astute, in short, the best crime journalism. Scouring hundreds of publications, Otto Penzler and Thomas H. Cook have created a remarkable compilation containing the best examples of the most current and vibrant of our literary traditions: crime reporting.

Included in this volume are Maximillian Potter’s “The Body Farm” from GQ, a portrait of Murray Marks, who collects dead bodies and strews them around two acres of the University of Tennessee campus to study their decomposition in order to help solve crime; Jay Kirk’s
“My Undertaker, My Pimp,” from Harper’s, in which Mack Moore and his wife, Angel, switch from run-ning crooked funeral parlors to establishing a brothel; Skip Hollandsworth’s “The Day Treva Throneberry Disappeared” from Texas Monthly, about the sudden disappearence of a teenager and the strange place she turned up; Lawrence Wright’s “The Counterterrorist” from The New Yorker, the story of John O’Neill, the FBI agent who tracked Osama bin Laden for a decade—until he was killed when the World Trade Center collapsed. Intriguing, entertaining, and compelling reading, Best American Crime Writing has established itself as a much-anticipated annual.


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About Otto Penzler

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Otto Penzler lives in New York City.
 
Published July 22, 2010 by Knopf Group E-Books. 511 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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In “The Chicago Crime Commission,” Robert Kurson portrays the last of the true believers fighting the once-feared “Outfit,” while William Langewiesche’s sobering explication of “The Crash of Egyptair 990” underscores the vast gulf between American and Arabic cultures.

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Peter Savodnik's unsettling report from GQ of the Russian serial killer Alexander Pichushkin (known as the "The Maniac"), who was convicted of murdering 48 people but claimed to have killed 63;

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Fans of crime reporting will devour this diverse collection, featuring 15 of the year's best crime stories, written by noted journalists such as Tom Junod (Esquire ), Sean Flynn (GQ ) and Steve Fishman (New York ).

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Robert Draper's portrayal of a troubled girl who eventually kills her two children includes a scathing criticism of society at large ("Strangely, the Texas authorities insist upon viewing Tina Marie's dirty-laundry list of boyfriends as the handiwork of a manipulative black widow....

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At almost 800 pages and around $20 the anthology The Best American Noir of the Century is guaranteed to please noir fans.

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