The Year's 25 Finest Crime & Mystery Stories (YEARS 25 FINEST CRIME AND MYSTERY STORIES) (No. 7)

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The seventh edition of the annual series gathers twenty-five of the finest specimens of short crime stories published in 1997, exhibiting the talents of such top writers as Lawrence Block, Stuart Kaminsky, Joyce Carol Oates, and Bill Pronzini.

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Professionalism rather than originality is the keynote of this seventh annual collection. Fans of John Harvey, John Lutz, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, and Donald E. Westlake won't be disappointed by their highly typical, if not outstanding, stories. Jeffery Deaver and Ed Bryant provide two shivery tales balanced by a pair of shockingly funny hospital anecdotes by DeLoris Stanton Forbes and Carole Nelson Douglas. No one will be surprised to see that Lawrence Block's Edgar - winning ``Keller on the Spot'' and Reginald Hill's Gold Dagger - winning ``On the Psychiatrist's Couch'' are the strongest entries. The supporting cast - Bill Crider, Carolyn G. Hart, Stuart Kaminsky, Marcia Muller, Nancy Pickard, Carolyn Wheat, et al. - is as varied and reliable as you could ask. And the whole package is wrapped up with the same panache, from Jon L. Breen's spirited Introduction to Edward D. Hoch's comprehensive Bibliography. Even though Hoch's Necrology lists mercifully few household names, you can't help feeling on the evidence presented that this hasn't been a banner year for short stories of crime. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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"Something for everyone" best describes this collection of short fiction by writers such as Donald E. Westlake, Simon Brett, Lawrence Block, Joyce Carol Oates, and Walter Mosley. Although not every story will necessarily appeal to every reader--the subjects and styles here are quite varied--the collection is, on balance, well worth investigating. Fans of certain series characters--for example, Bill Pronzini's John Quincannon and Marcia Muller's Sharon McCone--will not want to miss this collection, and lovers of finely crafted short mysteries may, once they have started reading, be reluctant to come up for air. Mystery fans will also enjoy the opportunity to meet writers with whom they may be unfamiliar, such as Richard T. Chizmar (known mostly for his horror fiction) and up-and-coming British writer Jerry Sykes. This collection definitely belongs in every library's mystery section. David Pitt

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