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Otto Penzler


USA flag (b.1942)

Otto Penzler is the proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. He was the publisher of The Armchair Detective, the Edgar-winning quarterly journal devoted to the study of mystery and suspense fiction, for seventeen years. Mr. Penzler was the founder of The Mysterious Press, which has now become part of the Warner publishing empire; he also created the publishing firm of Otto Penzler Books, which is now an imprint at Carroll & Graf, and The Armchair Detective Library, a publishing house devoted to reprinting classic crime fiction for the collector and library markets.
 

Genres: Mystery, Horror, Thriller, Historical Romance
 
New and upcoming books
Anthologies edited
   Whodunit? Houdini? (1976)
   The Great Detectives (1978)
   The Private Lives of Private Eyes (1985)
   Murder for Love (1996)
   The Case of the Scottish Tragedy (1998)
   Murder for Revenge (1998)
   The 50 Greatest Mysteries of All Time (1998)
   Criminal Records (1999)
   Murder and Obsession (1999)
   Criminal Records Volume Two (2000)
   Murder And Obsession: Volume 2 (2000)
   Murderers' Row (2001)
   The Mighty Johns (2002)
   Murder Is My Racquet (2002)
   Sudden Death (2002)
   The Greatest Mysteries of All Time, Volume I (2003)
   One Clue Beyond (2003) (with Michele Slung)
   Murder at the Foul Line (2003)
   Murder on the Ropes (2004)
   Dangerous Women (2004)
   Murder at the Racetrack (2006)
   Murder in the Rough (2006)
   The Best American Crime Writing 2006 (2006) (with Mark Bowden)
   Uncertain Endings (2006)
   The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps (2007)
     aka The Big Book of Pulps
   Dead Man's Hand (2007)
   The Vicious Circle (2007)
   Black Noir (2009)
   The Lineup (2009)
   Agents of Treachery (2010)
   The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories (2010)
   The Best American Noir of the Century (2010) (with James Ellroy)
   Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop (2010)
   The Greatest Russian Stories of Crime and Suspense (2010)
   The Big Book of Adventure Stories (2011)
   Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! (2011)
   Zombies (2012)
   Mark Twain's Medieval Romance (2012)
   The Big Book of Ghost Stories (2012)
   Zombies: A Compendium of the Living Dead (2012)
   Kwik Krimes (2013)
   The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries (2013)
   Bibliomysteries (2013)
   The Best of the Best American Mystery Stories (2014)
   The Best American Mystery Stories of the Nineteenth Century (2014)
   The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked Room Mysteries (2014)
   Death Sentences (2014)
   The Locked-room Mysteries (2014)
   The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (2015)
   Sherlock (2015)
   The Big Book of Jack the Ripper (2016)
   Jack The Ripper (2016)
   Silent Night, Deadly Night (2016)
   The Big Book of Rogues and Villains (2017)
   Bibliomysteries: Volume Two (2018)
   The Big Book of Female Detectives (2018)
   The Big Book of Reel Murders (2019)
   The Big Book of Espionage (2020)
   Golden Age Detective Stories (2021)
   The Big Book of Victorian Mysteries (2021)
   Golden Age Locked Room Mysteries (2022)
   Golden Age Bibliomysteries (2023)
   Golden Age Whodunits (2024)
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Anthology series
Pulp Fiction
   1. The Crimefighters (2006)
   2. The Villains (2007)
   3. The Dames (2008)
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Vampire Archives
   The Vampire Archives (2009)
   1. Bloodsuckers (2010)
   2. Fangs (2010)
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Series contributed to
Best American Mystery Stories
   The Best American Mystery Stories 1997 (1997) (with Robert B Parker)
   The Best American Mystery Stories: 1998 (1998) (with Sue Grafton)
   The Best American Mystery Stories 1999 (1999) (with Ed McBain)
   The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century (2000) (with Tony Hillerman)
   The Best American Mystery Stories 2000 (2000) (with Donald E Westlake)
   The Best American Mystery Stories 2001 (2001) (with Lawrence Block)
   The Best American Mystery Stories 2002 (2002) (with James Ellroy)
   The Best American Mystery Stories 2003 (2003) (with Michael Connelly)
   The Best American Mystery Stories 3 (2004) (with James Ellroy)
   The Best American Mystery Stories 2004 (2004) (with Nelson DeMille)
   The Best American Mystery Stories 4 (2004) (with Michael Connelly)
   The Best American Mystery Stories 2005 (2005) (with Joyce Carol Oates)
   The Best American Mystery Stories 2006 (2006) (with Scott Turow)
   The Best American Mystery Stories 2007 (2007) (with Carl Hiaasen)
   The Best American Mystery Stories 2008 (2008) (with George Pelecanos)
   The Best American Mystery Stories 2009 (2009) (with Jeffery Deaver)
   The Best American Mystery Stories 2010 (2010) (with Lee Child)
   The Best American Mystery Stories 2011 (2011) (with Harlan Coben)
   The Best American Mystery Stories 2012 (2012) (with Robert Crais)
   The Best American Mystery Stories 2013 (2013) (with Lisa Scottoline)
   The Best American Mystery Stories 2014 (2014) (with Laura Lippman)
   The Best American Mystery Stories 2015 (2015) (with James Patterson)
   The Best American Mystery Stories 2016 (2016) (with Elizabeth George)
   The Best American Mystery Stories 2017 (2017) (with John Sandford)
   The Best American Mystery Stories 2018 (2018) (with Louise Penny)
   The Best American Mystery Stories 2019 (2019) (with Jonathan Lethem)
   The Best American Mystery Stories 2020 (2020) (with C J Box)
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Best Mystery Stories of the Year
   1. The Best Mystery Stories of the Year: 2021 (2021) (with Lee Child)
     aka Best Crime Stories of the Year: 2021
   2. The Best Mystery Stories of the Year 2022 (2022) (with Sara Paretsky)
     aka Best Crime Stories of the Year Volume 2
   3. The Best Mystery Stories of the Year 2023 (2023) (with Amor Towles)
     aka Best Crime Stories of the Year Volume 3
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Otto Penzler recommends
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Kill the Father (2017)
(Caselli and Torre, book 1)
Sandrone Dazieri
"A big psychological suspense novel that captures the reader from the first page…Shocks, surprises, horrors, twists, and revelations abound in this long, compelling thriller."
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The Ways of the Dead (2014)
(Sully Carter, book 1)
Neely Tucker
"In a textured, wholly believable Washington, D.C., simultaneously near and far from the corridors of power, Neely Tucker, in his accomplished mystery debut, has created a gripping tale of secrets and lies, malice and mayhem . . . and very dead young women."
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The Preservationist (2013)
Justin Kramon
"The Preservationist offers that rare alchemy of page-turning suspense and first-rate writing. I raced to the explosive conclusion, then found myself haunted by it. One of my favorite thrillers of the year, it's a book you don't want to miss."

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