THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 1998.

Anthology, signed] Grafton, Sue, editor; Penzler, Otto, series editor, John Lescroart, signed.

ISBN 10: 0395835860 / ISBN 13: 9780395835869
Published by Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998. dj, 1998
Hardcover
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SIGNED hardcover - Book club edition. Second in this series of anthologies, and fairly uncommon in hardcover. SIGNED by TWO authors: by Sue Grafton on the title page and by John Lescroart at his story "The Adventure of the Giant Rat of Sumatra." Also includes stories by Mary Higgins Clark, Lawrence Block, Margaret Maron, Donald Westlake, John Lutz, Walter Mosley, Peter Robinson, Jay McInerney, Joyce Carol Oates, Stuart Kaminsky, David Ballard, Steve Yarbrough and others. Foreword by series editor Otto Penzler and introduction by Grafton. Also includes notes on the contributors and a list of other distinguished stories of the year. xix, 345 pp. Very near fine in a like dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 55657

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Title: THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 1998.

Publisher: Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998. dj

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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This year's guest editor, Sue Grafton has put together a wonderfully diverse collection of stories to surprise and satisfy all fans of the genre. In this volume, best-selling writers such as Mary Higgins Clark, Walter Mosley, Lawrence Block, Jay McInerney, and Donald E. Westlake stand alongside an impressive array of new talent. As Grafton writes in her introduction, "Nowhere is iniquity, wrong-doing, and reparation more satisfying to behold than in the well-crafted yarns spun by the writers represented here." Already a bestseller in its first year, this year's collection of The Best American Mystery Stories promises to keep readers intrigued and coming back for more.

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Of the almost 600 mystery stories published in 1997, guest editor Sue Grafton has selected twenty of the finest for this installment of the acclaimed annual series. Authors range from the established (like Lawrence Block, Mary Higgins Clark, and Walter Mosley) to newcomers like David Ballard. All the tales are grounded in mystery fundamentals of crime and (usually) punishment, but each contains some edge or narrative experimentation that sets it apart from the flock. Block's "Keller on the Spot," for example, is a sardonic tale of a killer who saves the grandson of his next hit and winds up questioning his professional path. Stuart Kaminsky's entry, "Find Miriam," is a first-person narrative by Lew Fonesca, a detective who makes his living "finding people, asking questions, answering to nobody." In this case, however, the finding isn't the puzzle--the real puzzle is his client, a troubled husband whose wife has left him without an apparent motive. Throughout, Grafton's tastes run to the literary, and she is fascinated by the cathartic quality of each story. As she writes in her introduction: "Nowhere is iniquity, wrongdoing, and reparation more satisfying to behold than in the well-crafted yarns spun by the writers represented here. While we're plunged into the darkness by their skill and imagination, we're simultaneously reassured that we are safe... from ourselves." --Patrick O'Kelley

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