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Title:
Master's choice : mystery stories by today's top writers and the masters who inspired them
Author:
Block, Lawrence.
Publication Information:
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 1999.
Physical Description:
244 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780425170311
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

In Master's Choice, Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Lawrence Block asked a wide range of authors to select not only their personal best, but also the one story by a fellow luminary of fiction that stirred their imagination, the story that stimulated, provoked, and entertained them, and most of all, the one, single story that served as an inspiration in shaping their own unique literary worlds. The result is a rich and diverse collection, a stellar showcase of the best of the best. Contributors include, Stephen King, Tony Hillerman, and Joyce Carol Oates.


Author Notes

Lawrence Block is the author of the popular series' featuring Bernie Rhodenbarr, Matthew Scudder, and Chip Harrison. Over 2 million copies of Lawrence Block's books are in print. He has published articles and short fiction in American Heritage, Redbook, Playboy, GQ, and The New York Times, and has published several collections of short fiction in book form, most recently Collected Mystery Stories.

Block is a Grand Master of Mystery Writers of America. He has won the Edgar and Shamus awards four times, the Japanese Maltese Falcon award twice, as well as the Nero Wolfe award. In France, he was proclaimed a Grand Maitre du Roman Noir and has been awarded the Societe 813 trophy twice. Block was presented with the key to the city of Muncie, Indiana, and is a past president of the Private Eye Writers of America and the Mystery Writers of America.

(Bowker Author Biography) Lawrence Block is the author of the popular series featuring Bernie Rhodenbarr, Matthew Scudder, and Chip Harrison. Over 2 million copies of Lawrence Block's books are in print. Lawrence Block has won the Edgar Award three times, the Shamus Award four times, the Maltese Falcon Award twice, and was named Grandmaster by the Mystery Writers of America.

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Booklist Review

Only one feather was missing from the literary cap of mystery grand master Block: he'd never edited an anthology. To rectify the situation, Block has assembled this anthology, which pairs stories chosen as personal favorites by some of the genre's top crime-fiction writers with a story of their own. Brit Peter Lovesey's sharp wit shines in a story about two eccentric twins. Lovesey picks Donald Westlake's hilarious tale of a bank robbery gone awry as his companion piece. Genre boundaries are stretched a bit with the inclusion of Stephen King, who pairs one of his scary tales with a similarly spooky story by Joyce Carol Oates. The sole woman contributor to the book (a minor but irritating flaw) is Joan Hess, whose eerie story of a woman with a strange addition to her apartment is both shocking and surreal. Hess chooses as her favorite a chilling Halloween tale by Judith Garner. In all, nine principal writers are included, who select the 18 diverse and diverting stories. A well-conceived and entertaining anthology. --Emily Melton


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