Best American Mystery Stories of the Century

ISBN-10: 0618012710
ISBN-13: 9780618012718
Edition: 2001
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Description: In THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES OF THE CENTURY, best-selling author Tony Hillerman and mystery expert Otto Penzler present an unparalleled treasury of American suspense fiction that every fan will cherish. Offering the finest examples from all  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/13/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 832
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

In THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES OF THE CENTURY, best-selling author Tony Hillerman and mystery expert Otto Penzler present an unparalleled treasury of American suspense fiction that every fan will cherish. Offering the finest examples from all reaches of the genre, this collection charts the mystery's eminent history from the turn-of-the-century puzzles of Futrelle, to the seminal pulp fiction of Hammett and Chandler, to the mystery story's rise to legitimacy in the popular mind, a trend that has benefited masterly writers like Westlake, Hunter, and Grafton. Nowhere else can readers find a more thorough, more engaging, more essential distillation of American crime fiction.Penzler, the Best American Mystery Stories series editor, and Hillerman winnowed this select group out of a thousand stories, drawing on sources as diverse as Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Esquire, Collier's and The New Yorker. Giants of the genre abound -- Raymond Chandler, Stephen King, Dashiell Hammett, Lawrence Block, Ellery Queen, Sara Paretsky, and others -- but the editors also unearthed gems by luminaries rarely found in suspense anthologies: William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, Damon Runyon, Harlan Ellison, James Thurber, and Joyce Carol Oates. Mystery buffs and newcomers alike will delight in the thrilling stories and top-notch writing of a hundred years' worth of the finest suspense, crime, and mystery writing.

As a journalist, Hillerman has worked for newspapers in Oklahoma and for UPI. He has been a political reporter in Santa Fe, a professor of journalism and chair of the journalism department at the University of New Mexico, and assistant to the president of that university. The American Southwest and its landscape and peoples, particularly the Navajo, are the focus for many of Hillerman's mysteries. He hopes that people learn more about Native Americans and their cultures by reading his books, and he draws upon their many traditions and stories for his novels. Thus, as people read Hillerman's work, they are learning about another culture and history as well as enjoying a finely crafted mystery. His two detectives---Officer Jim Chee and Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn---first came together in Skinwalkers (1987). Tony Hillerman's many honors include the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar & Grand Master awards, the Silver Spur Award for best novel set in the West, & the Navajo tribe's Special Friend Award. His best-selling novels include "The First Eagle", "The Fallen Man", & "Finding Moon".

Otto Penzler owns the Mysterious Bookshop in New York & founded the Mysterious Press & Otto Penzler Books. He has written & edited several books, including the Edgar-winning "Encyclopedia of Mystery & Detection".

Foreword
Introduction
A Retrieved Reformation (1903)
Paul's Case (1905)
The Problem of Cell 13 (1905)
Blind Man's Buff (1914)
Naboth's Vineyard (1916)
A Jury of Her Peers (1917)
The Gutting of Couffignal (1925)
Haircut (1925)
Blue Murder (1925)
The Perfect Crime (1928)
The Baby in the Icebox (1933)
The Murder (1933)
Sense of Humor (1934)
Ransom (1938)
Red Wind (1938)
The Catbird Seat (1942)
Rear Window (1942)
An Error in Chemistry (1946)
The Nine Mile Walk (1947)
The Adventure of the President's Half Disme (1947)
The Homesick Buick (1950)
Gone Girl (1953)
The Moment of Decision (1955)
First Offense (1955)
The Couple Next Door (1957)
The Day of the Execution (1957)
The Terrapin (1962)
The Possibility of Evil (1965)
The Comforts of Home (1965)
Good Man, Bad Man (1967)
Goodbye, Pops (1969)
The Whimper of Whipped Dogs (1973)
The Wager (1973)
Do with Me What You Will (1973)
Quitters, Inc. (1978)
The Absence of Emily (1981)
By the Dawn's Early Light (1984)
Iris (1984)
Three-Dot Po (1984)
The Parker Shotgun (1986)
Too Many Crooks (1989)
Hot Springs (1996)
The Dark Snow (1996)
Red Clay (1996)
Poachers (1998)
Running Out of Dog (1999)
Biographical Notes

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