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The best American mystery stories, 2000
Publication Information:
[U.S.] : Houghton Mifflin, [2000]

Physical Description:
5 audio discs (5.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.

8 Unabridged selections.
Disc 1. Introduction / by Donald E. Westlake -- Grit / by Tom Franklin, read by Eric Conger -- Disc 2. Compass Rose / by David Edgerley Gates, read by Eric Conger -- Motel 66 / by Barbara D'Amato (continued on disc 3), read by Donald E. Westlake -- Disc 3. Forgetting the girl / by Peter Moore Smith, read by Jeff Woodman -- The guilty party / by Shel Silverstein, read by Donald E. Westlake -- Disc 4. Wrong Numbers / by Josh Pryor, read by Beth McDonald -- Disc 5. ICU / by Edward Lee, read by Charles Stransky -- Triangle / by Jeffery Deaver, read by Oliver Wyman.
Format :
Audiobook on CD


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PS648.D4 B46 2000D Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks
BOOKS-ON-CD DISC #5 Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks

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After just three years, THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES has made its name as the foremost mystery anthology, earning raves from such diverse sources as Joyce Carol Oates and Entertainment Weekly. Now grand master Donald E. Westlake continues the series' impressive tradition with an audio edition featuring a sampling of the year's premier stories of suspense.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Twenty stories by American and Canadian mystery writers, culled from more than 1,100 entries, make up the fourth entry in this series. Except for the late Shel Silverstein, who submitted the wickedly clever "The Guilty Party" for this edition, many of the writers are little or moderately well known, probably giving more credibility to the selection process. Series editor Penzler provides a foreword that traces the evolution of the mystery story from puzzles to private eye stories to the current emphasis on stories of character. Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Donald Westlake's introduction does more fine riffs on the similarities between jazz and the mystery short story. A worthwhile assemblage of contemporary crime fiction. "Contributor's Notes" at the end give bios and authors' takes on writing mysteries. --Connie Fletcher

Publisher's Weekly Review

Guest editor Westlake has done an outstanding job selecting 20 stories published in 1999 for this stellar anthology, now in its fourth year, which should continue to garner big sales. In his introduction he wonders at the form's durability. The financial rewards are small, and these days short stories won't make a literary reputation. Why then do its practitioners persist? As with jazz, that other great American contribution to world art, they engage in it "primarily for the love of doing it," asserts Westlake. In contrast to the novel, where digressions and red herrings are the norm, unity of effect is all, as exemplified by the inventor of the detective story, Edgar Allan PoeÄand by the contemporary writers represented in this volume. The names here range from the late Shel Silverstein, bestselling children's book author, whose rollicking tale, "The Guilty Party," stands as a fitting swan song for this versatile talent, to Thomas H. McNeely, whose quietly chilling psychological study, "Sheep," is his first published work of fiction. Robert Girardi's novella, "The Defenestration of Aba Sid," works both as a tale of comic absurdity and as an anti-Grisham lawyer story. In a foreword, series editor Otto Penzler comments on how mysteries have evolved in both style and content. Over the life of the genre, stories have become more complex, more textured. When Penzler says "be prepared for the unexpected, and be ready for some of the best prose being written today," he's not overstating the case. This title will enjoy brisk library sales but is also poised to benefit from the continued general-reader interest in matters mysterious. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved