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The Best American Mystery Stories 2008

(A book in the Best American Mystery Stories series)
An anthology of stories edited by

"A must-read for anyone who cares about crime stories." - Booklist

The 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."

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

October 2008 : USA Hardback

Title: The Best American Mystery Stories 2008
Author(s): George P Pelecanos, Otto Penzler
ISBN: 0-618-81266-0 / 978-0-618-81266-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Paperback Editions

November 2008 : UK Paperback

Title: The Best American Mystery Stories 2008
Author(s): Otto Penzler, Otto Penzler, Otto Penzler
ISBN: 1-84724-688-5 / 978-1-84724-688-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Quercus
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October 2008 : USA Paperback

Title: The Best American Mystery Stories 2008 (The Best American Series )
Author(s): Otto Penzler, George Pelecanos
ISBN: 0-618-81267-9 / 978-0-618-81267-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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