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The best American mystery stories 2014
Lippman, Laura, 1959- , editor, writer of supplementary textual content.
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
Physical Description:
xvii, 372 pages ; 21 cm.
A collection of top-selected mystery writing from the past year is culled from a variety of respected sources and offers insight into evolving genre trends.
General Note:
"A Mariner original."
My heart is either broken / Collectors / Princess Anne / Snuff / Former marine / Going across Jordan / Aida / Wrecker / I will follow you / Bush-Hammer finish / Small kingdoms / Almost like Christmas / Covering storm / A good marriage / Gauley season / Rough deeds / Pleasant Grove / Festered wounds / Satan's kingtom / Antarctica / Contributor's notes -- Other distinguished mystery stories of 2014.
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Central Library PS648.D4 B46 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
Audubon Library PS648.D4 B46 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Clarence Library PS648.D4 B46 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Eggertsville-Snyder Library PS648.D4 B46 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Grand Island Library PS648.D4 B46 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Kenmore Library PS648.D4 B46 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
North Park Branch Library PS648.D4 B46 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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"With so many great authors contributing to this fiction collection . . . it doesn't take detecting skills to discover the gem. And every story dazzles . . . These stories, in prose both elegant and compelling, get to the heart of why people do what they do." -- USA Today

The Best American Mystery Stories 2014 will be selected by "writing powerhouse" ( USA Today ) Laura Lippman. With her popular Tess Monaghan series and her New York Times best-selling standalone novels, Lippman has greatly expanded the boundaries of modern mystery fiction and psychological suspense.

Author Notes

LAURA LIPPMAN is the award-winning author of eleven novels featuring Baltimore private detective Tess Monaghan, eight standalone novels, most recently  After I'm Gone, and a short story collection.  OTTO PENZLER is the founder of the Mysterious Bookshop and the Mysterious Press. 

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Here's another excellent entry in the long-running anthology series. The 20 contributors include James Lee Burke, Annie Proulx, the late Joseph Heller (a recently found story), Charlaine Harris, Russell Banks, and Megan Abbott; and the tales range widely in time, place, subject, and tone, providing readers with a sort of crime-fiction quilt. One thing that's interesting in this volume is that, for the most part, the stories don't feature the usual law-enforcement types (cops, private eyes, etc.) as their central characters. Fans of the Best American series will need no prompting to read this latest entry, but mystery readers who haven't yet sampled the series especially those who think you need a novel to tell a really good mystery story should be urged to check it out; they will discover that a well-told mystery story can pack all the wallop of a full-length novel.--Pitt, David Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

The 20 entries in series editor Otto Penzler's 18th annual collection of crime stories impress with their quality, diversity, and almost complete absence of private detectives or policemen as main character. The many gems include "Almost Like Christmas," a recently discovered, heart-wrenching story by the late Joseph Heller, as well as selections from such well-known mystery writers as James Lee Burke ("Getting Across Jordan") and Megan Abbott ("My Heart Is Either Broken"). There are also strong offerings from mainstream authors, such as Russell Banks's "Former Marine," which is about an elderly bank robber and his sons, and Annie Proulx's "Rough Deeds," which reaches back to colonial times. Charlaine Harris displays her sly wit in "Small Kingdoms," in which a high school principal defends her turf, and Matthew Neill Null's "Gauley Season" takes readers wild river rafting in West Virginia, where not all dangers come from the water. Guest editor Lippman has chosen wisely. Agent: Nat Sobel, Sobel Weber. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

The 2014 edition of this annual anthology features Lippman (After I'm Gone) at the editorial helm, tapping a range of authors from the well established to the not-yet-known, and the results are haunting. Many stories feature intriguing female characters, including kidnapped girls (Patricia Engel's "Aida" and Roxane Gay's "I Will Follow You"), a questionable mother (Megan Abbott's "My Heart Is Either Broken"), and a distraught sister (Laura Van Den Berg's "Antarctica"). Others explore mysteries as varied as the relationship between man and wife (Ed Kurtz's "A Good Marriage") and the story behind a pet's grave (Jim Allyn's "Princess Anne"). But standout stories from Annie Proulx ("Rough Deeds") and Charlaine Harris ("Small Kingdoms") are some of the best of the bunch-especially the latter, wherein a high school principal explores how her past work experiences, carefully applied, can benefit the school community. Verdict This collection of mystery stories is by turns chilling and thought provoking and a good choice for readers who enjoy books by Lippman or Jeffery Deaver and who appreciate reading both new authors and proven writers in the genre.-Amy Hoseth, Colorado State Univ. Lib., Fort Collins (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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