The Best American Crime Writing by Otto Penzler
2004 Edition: The Year's Best True Crime Reporting

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A year’s worth of the most powerful, the most startling, the smartest and most astute…

“Ciudad de la Muerte” by Cecilia Balli, from Texas Monthly
“Code of Dishonor” by Clara Bingham, from Vanity Fair
“Lord of the Drug Ring” by Charles Bowden, from GQ
“The Dark Art of Interrogation” by Mark Bowden, from The Atlantic Monthly
“Possessed” by Luke Dittrich, from Atlanta magazine
“Night of the Bullies” by Robert Draper, from GQ
“Stephanie” by James Ellroy, from GQ
“Who Is the Boy in the Box?” by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, from Philadelphia magazine
“Who Shot Mohammed al-Dura?” by James Fallows, from The Atlantic Monthly
“The Professor and the Porn” by Elisabeth Franck, from New York magazine
“The Old Man and the Gun” by David Grann, from The New Yorker
“CSC: Crime Scene Cleanup” by Pat Jordan, from Playboy
“A Miscarriage of Justice” by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., from The Atlantic Monthly
“Watching the Detectives” by Jay Kirk, from Harper’s Magazine
“For the Love of God” by Jon Krakauer, from GQ
“Chief Bratton Takes on LA” by Heather Mac Donald, from City Journal
“Not Guilty by Reason of Afghanistan” by John H. Richardson, from Esquire
“Megan’s Law and Me” by Brendan Riley, from Details
“Unfortunate Con” by Mark Schone, from The Oxford American
“To Kill or Not to Kill” by Scott Turow, from The New Yorker
 

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Otto Penzler lives in New York City.
 
Published August 10, 2004 by Vintage. 544 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. 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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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.

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and Black Hawk Down author Mark Bowden's "The Dark Art of Interrogation," a discussion of coercive interrogation tactics that is especially timely given the Iraqi prison abuse scandal.

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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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