The Best American Mystery Stories 2005 by Joyce Carol Oates

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The Best American series has been the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction since 1915. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of periodicals. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the very best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected--and most popular--of its kind.

The Best American Mystery Stories 2005 includes

Scott Turow • Edward P. Jones • Louise Erdrich • Dennis Lehane • Daniel Handler • Laura Lippman • George V. Higgins • David Means • Richard Burgin • Scott Wolven • Stuart M. Kaminsky • and others

Joyce Carol Oates, guest editor, is a highly respected novelist, critic, playwright, poet, and short story writer. She is the author of numerous books, including the National Book Award winner Them and most recently the novel The Falls.
 

About Joyce Carol Oates

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Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal o Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof f Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and theLifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the natiof the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers "We Were the Mulvaneys", "Blonde", which waonal bestsellers "We Were the Mulvaneys", "Blonde", which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the "New York Ts nominated for the National Book Award, and the "New York Times" bestseller "The Falls", which won the 2005 Prix Feminaimes" bestseller "The Falls", which won the 2005 Prix Femina. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. In 200 the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. In 2003 she received the Commonwealth Award for Distinguished Serv3 she received the Commonwealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature, and in 2006 she received the Chicago Tribice in Literature, and in 2006 she received the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award. une Lifetime Achievement Award. OTTO PENZLER has edited numerous mystery anthologies including "The Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection" (with Chris Steinbrunner) and "The Lineup", both Edgar Award winners. He is the proprietor of the Mysterious Bookshop in Manhattan and founder of the Mysterious Press, now a Grove/Atlantic imprint.
 
Published October 5, 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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David Means’s “Sault St. Marie,” in which a homicidal trio becomes a duo;

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Says series editor Otto Penzler, "It's about finding the best stories, by whoever happens to have written them," in his foreword to this outstanding mystery annual.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Acclaimed crime writer James Ellroy has selected 20 stories by top authors in the field of mystery writing in this collection.

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This selection may bother some readers who perhaps hoped for more classic noir from the 40s and 50s, but since I view collections as a great way to pick up names I’d never have found otherwise, it’s all fine by me.Kirkus’ comparison to A Century of NoirThe Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask ...

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