George P. Pelecanos Otto Penzler Elizabeth Strout Chuck Hogan Rupert Holmes Holly Goddard Jones Alice Munro Scott Wolven
- Title: The Best American Mystery Stories 2008
- Author: George P. Pelecanos Otto Penzler Elizabeth Strout Chuck Hogan Rupert Holmes Holly Goddard Jones Alice Munro Scott Wolven
- ISBN: 9780618812677
- Page: 119
- Format: Paperback
A must read for anyone who cares about crime stories BooklistThe award winning author and Emmy nominated television writer George Pelecanos serves as editor of the twelfth installment of this genre expanding anthology, featuring twenty of the past year s most enthralling, suspenseful, and slyly illuminating mystery stories.A cut and dried case for a wily crime scene rec A must read for anyone who cares about crime stories BooklistThe award winning author and Emmy nominated television writer George Pelecanos serves as editor of the twelfth installment of this genre expanding anthology, featuring twenty of the past year s most enthralling, suspenseful, and slyly illuminating mystery stories.A cut and dried case for a wily crime scene reconstructionist is turned on its head in Michael Connelly s Mulholland Dive A terrible secret shared between two childhood friends resurfaces decades later as one of them lies on her deathbed in Alice Munro s masterful Child s Play James Lee Burke tells the haunting tale of a Hurricane Katrina evacuee who unexpectedly finds comfort from an unimaginable loss in Mist And in Holly Goddard Jones s Proof of God, a young man s car is repeatedly vandalized as proof that someone knows about the truths he d never willingly reveal As Pelecanos notes in his introduction, the twenty original and unique voices in this collection pay homage to the genre s forebears by taking crime fiction into a thrilling new direction But make no mistake, he says, we are all standing on the shoulders of writers who came before us and left an indelible mark on literature through craftsmanship, care, and the desire to leave something of worth behind.
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The difference between The Best American Mystery Stories and The Best American Short Stories is like the difference between The Real Housewives of Orange County and The Real Housewives of Atlanta; one is only marginally better, but for reasons that, ultimately, have no perceptible affect on the world. The standout story here is Kyle Minor's "A Day Meant to Do Less." This is one of the best short stories I have read in years, which is saying a lot. It is not a "mystery" story per se, but then aga [...]
Best American Mystery Stories 2008 is the best of the series since the wonderful 2003 and 2004 editions. There is so much to like here I don't even know where to start. James Lee Burke's "Mist" is a real highlight, one of the few Hurricane Katrina stories I've ever read that evokes what it felt like to be in New Orleans during that tragic time. I give high marks to everything Burke has ever published, and "Mist" holds up against all of it.Alice Munro's "Child's Play" is a quiet masterpiece.Holly [...]
I have absolutely no idea why these are considered mystery stories. At most they're crime fiction, but in many cases that's at best a loose tie. These stories strike me more as short stories that didn't get in to the Best American Short Stories 2008 collection. The stories are fine, and some are quite good - my two-star rating primarily reflects my disappointment in the lack of mystery writing.
The best of the series every year is best american mystery. 2008 is especially a good number. I liked Hugh Sheehy's The Invisibles and also ALice Munro's Child's Play. But the real standout number here is A Day Meant to Do Less by Kyle Minor. This story made my heart hurt. I loved that old lady by time it was done. I loved her son too. Beautiful.
I don't know what a lot of these stories had to do with the mystery genre, but most of them were pretty durned enjoyable.
Standouts for me were: The Monks of the Abbey Victoria, Proof of God, A Day Meant to Do Less, At the Top of His Game, The Invisibles, Given Her History.
This book kicks ass, especially the story, "The Empty House," by Nathan Oates. It's the best in the book and I'm not biased at all.
This was a very good volume. However, most of these stories didn't really fall into the "mystery" catagory, not that I minded.This was one of the better anthologies that I have read in a while.
This collection was just OK, definitely better in the second half than the early stories.
I saw this book on the coffee table in the family room sometime in January at my parents' house. My mom likes mysteries. I knew she'd gotten it as a Christmas present. I've never been a big fan of the genre. I looked inside. "Thomas Friedman", was scrawled on the title page. I didn't recognize the handwriting. "Who gave you this book?" I asked.My mom looked at me quizzically, "You did!" "No, no I didn't.""You and Jeff did, for Christmas!""No, it must have been Leslie and Dave" (my sister and her [...]
Mysteries aren't something I normally read. Much more often it's the Best American Short Stories series. But it's good to try new things once in a while, right? I had hoped to gain a better understanding of the mystery genre by reading this book but alas - not so much. The majority of the stories were crime fiction and the mystery element wasn't as strong as I'd hoped. The stand out story, in my opinion, was "The Invisibles" by Hugh Sheehy. It wasn't the mixture of crime and mystery that impress [...]
I've found that when it comes to the "Best American" series, your primary gauge for quality lies with the guest editor. If you're a fan of the editor, you'll probably like most of the stories. God help us all if Stephanie Meyer or E.L. James ever get their hands on guest editing duties. Thankfully, George Pelecanos helmed this one. He's a good author, and the pieces in this collection reflected that. What I love about collections like this is the opportunity they present for discovering new auth [...]
This book might have been better been titled "Best American Crime Fiction" because none of the stories in it were traditional mysteries. In all honesty, I found it a bit of a slog, but gave it three stars anyway for some stand-out stories.Robert Ferrigno's "The Hour When the Ship Comes In" from Los Angeles Noir was spot-on with the hard-boiled voice updated for modern times. I quite enjoyed Peter LaSalle's "Tunis and Time" from The Antioch Review right up until the last page when he suddenly fel [...]
Alternative title: "Hey, Remember How Many Contemporary Mystery Writers Are Incredibly Misogynistic?" That was essentially my experience reading through this collection. I picked it up a while agoobably around 2009when I was working for the publisher. I was also in the early stages of discovering that I loved mysteries (thanks Jacqueline Winspear!), so I was excited to pick this up and discover some great new mystery authors. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. The stories I loved were from the u [...]
I have read several of these over the years, and they always have a lot of great stories. In this volume, quite a few are not really mysteries in that there is no question who has committed the crime--some are not even crime stories, e.g. Joyce Carol Oates' story (Damn her! Is there anything she can't write?). Usually that would annoy me, because I love real mysteries, but the quality of the writing here is high enough that it doesn't really matter. Only a few misfires. Just started reading my f [...]
This collection of mystery stories contains almost no traditional mysteries. If someone had told me it was the 2008 Best American Short Stories collection, I would have believed it. These generally compelling and poignant stories often left me with a strong sense of yearning.Here are the most unforgettable: Mist (J. L. Burke), Mulholland Drive (M. Connelly), Proof of God (H. G. Jones), A Day Meant to do Less (K. Minor), Child's Play (A. Munro), Car Trouble (J. R. Petrin), The Emerson 1950 (S. Ph [...]
Nice to see the definition of a "mystery" expanded. And fun to see that many top tier mags are publishing crime fiction--Tin House, Harper's, The New Yorker, The Southern Review. But now I've sold my soul, went and done something bad like give a nod to all those mags who don't need nods and get them all too often. I will say that I will now subscribe to a few smaller lit-mags based on the quality of their fiction that appeared in this anthology. Check it out. This book, I mean. It's good and fun [...]
There are two things I love: Mysteries and The Best American Stories series. The Best American Mystery Stories is the literary equivalent of the Oreo cookie.I just finished this and my feelings towards it are the same as any other Best American Short Stories series book: Some stories are fantastic, others I disliked. There has only been one short story collection in which I liked all the stories ( This is Not Chick Lit .)
There are a few good stories in the collection, but as usual, I am left wondering if the producers of this series don't somehow have a different definition of the word "best" from the rest of us. In my opinion, they should call it "Some Good American Mystery Stories".Oh, well. What are you going to do? It's admittedly difficult to get good short suspense fiction, and this volume is a solution to reading 8 to 10 different monthlies and quarterlies looking for good stories. Who cares if not all of [...]
George Pelecanos did a fine job collecting a variety of strong original voices that range from a more mainstream plot driven crime writing to the more character driven. The standouts: Holly Goodard Jones, Kyle Minor, Scott Phillips, Scott Wolven, and Thise Nissen. Heavy hitters Michael Connelly, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Munro, Chuck Hogan, James Lee Burke, and Elizabeth Strout round out the collection.
okay I don't know about you but for me a mystery involves some level of "mystery"! A lot of these stories are just a horrible event remembered or unfolding and many of them seem to involve very old people and nursing homes and nurses, very odd. I've read collections of the best science writing and short stories and they were really great but this was just wallowing in the dregs, very disappointing.
Pelecanos's choice of stories reflect his own writing in that a lot of them aren't what I'd consider traditional mystery/crime stories. Most of them are stories where the crime is often just a memory or an odd occurance that makes the characters reflect on thier lives and choices. Those looking for just some straight up crime/mystery stories will probably be disappointed, but fans of writers like Pelecanos or Richard Price will enjoy this collection.
I would call these crime stories rather than mysteries, as there is very little in the who-done -it department. My two favors were Alice Munro's "Child's Play," in which two young girls torment another and keep a guilty secret for years; and Rupert Holmes' 'The Monks of the Abbey Victoria" which is charmingly written and set in the "Madmen" era.
Great collection of "short stories"t really considered mysteries to me. Moreso a recollection of tragic events. Great writing, easy to pick up but hard to put down! I can't even narrow down my favorites because most all of them kept my attention and interest the entire time!
All in all a good collection. Personally some of the stories didn't work for me but the good thing about collections like this is that another world is just a few pages away and some of the stories here were excellent.
Julia Keller, cultural critic for the Trib, selected this as the best of the 2008 "Best American" series. On her advice, I picked it up and was not disappointed. Some terrific stories, with great twists.
so far it is ok. yet again, goddamn joyce carol oates has the best story. I really hate her. so much. yetr the past few years, her stories have been the best in the collection. oates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This book had some really good short stories in it of them didnt really seem like mysteries thoughetty good but not a "must read"
Good, although some of the pieces in here ('Given Her History') are creepy.Nice to know there's one Best American series that's still collecting quality material.
Not my favorite style of stories.
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