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The Best American Mystery Stories of the 19th Century by Otto Penzler, 19th Century. The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century by Tony Hillerman, 20th. The Best American Mystery Stories is a yearly anthology of mystery stories published in United Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version. Results 1 - 10 of Download Mystery Books for FREE. of massive fraud by the U.S. embassy's security services provider: AJAX Protective Services.
True, in these stories the protagonists, and often other characters as well, give the impression that smart-alec mouths and chip-on-the-shoulder attitudes are job qualifications.
But they do have a moral grounding and a genuine concern with the pursuit of justice and of decent dealing between human beings; they may pose ethical questions, but from the standpoint that ethics do matter. Coupled with my favorable reaction to the work of some of the other noir-associated authors mentioned above, this has led me to think that perhaps, instead of always asserting that these particular stories aren't "true noir," I should simply broaden my definition of noir, so that moral cynicism and nihilism isn't an essential element.
That would leave a setting in milieus of very pervasive crime and corruption on either side of the tracks , a focus on action rather than traditional detecting, and a "hard-boiled" tone as the hallmarks of the genre, and would still be a useful classification that identifies a cohesive body of fiction for comparison and contrast. But it would mean that I don't necessarily "dislike noir," but rather that I like some examples and dislike others, depending on their moral vision.
Many of the stories in this group are hard to discuss individually without including spoilers, and again not all of them really involve much in the way of actual detection.
Brendan Dubois' "The Dark Snow" is a look at the ugly dislike and distrust of outsiders that can warp the attitudes of some small, close-knit communities unused to getting new blood; it's set in rural New England, but I've seen the same thing in insular Midwestern towns.
The physical logistics of the resolution there don't, IMO, ring true on examination, and I'd say the same of a couple of physical and psychological key details in the Block story; but the narrative power of both carries you along without noticing that while you're reading these.
With themes like this, as well as studies of family and parent-child relationships, of ideal images vs. Fortunately, nobody told Dostoevsky. Harlan Ellison's "The Whimper of Whipped Dogs" was inspired by the earlier grisly stabbing murder of Kitty Genovese in New York City, in full view of a large number of onlookers who watched from their windows and did nothing; I started to read this and quickly discovered that it's a graphic description of an attack modeled on this one, with apparently a gruesome blow-by-blow account of the victim's long-drawn-out sufferings.
The phrase "pornography of violence" comes to mind; this was one of four stories that I deliberately decided not to read. Fans of some series detectives, such as Macdonald's Lew Archer, Block's Matt Scudder, and Greenleaf's Tanner besides others noted above will be glad to see that their favorite sleuths appear here.
Seven of the stories here won the Edgar Award: Even the corpus that I read includes a few clunkers; but for an anthology of this size, and with the variety and quality of the other stories, I didn't feel that these detracted enough to cost the book any stars.
In the main, this is a collection that justifies its title! View all 6 comments. As with most collections, this one had some ups and downs but for the most part it was a great selection of crime short stories.
I tried to indicate my reaction to some of the stories in my status updates as I went along.
I did like the chronological layout more than I had expected - it was interesting to see the progression of styles as well as the emergence of the strong female P.
I said crime above rather than mystery since some, particularly the later stories, were not 'myste As with most collections, this one had some ups and downs but for the most part it was a great selection of crime short stories. I said crime above rather than mystery since some, particularly the later stories, were not 'mysteries' - they had no puzzle or whodunit aspect but were rather character studies of some mighty unpleasant characters.
These stories were the ones I liked least but not because they were bad short stories, just because my tastes don't lie that way. I also didn't like a few of the very early ones which were mysteries but written in a style that didn't appeal to me Melville Davisson Post 's Uncle Abner story for example. There were also quite a few unfamiliar names to me as well. Jan 25, Ben Loory rated it it was amazing Recommended to Ben by: Thanks Patty like 9 years later!
What a great anthology.
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I liked every story in it except one or two, and I don't even feel like pointing those out, cuz what's the point. View 2 comments. Oct 28, Leonard rated it really liked it Shelves: The collection of American mystery and crime stories is an enjoyable read. I like Raymond Chandler's story a lot not only because of the twists in the plot but also of the atmosphere his writing creates. When I picked up the book, I was looking forward to reading "pure mystery" stories, but there are quite a few crime fiction in the collection.
I recommend this for those interested in mystery and crime fiction. Nov 08, Ralph rated it really liked it. This was a very interesting story that played with the deeper emotions of human nature from my point of view.
The language used was very insightful; I could picture everything that was happening. Also the ending was something that had my heart pounding at every moment, and it made me believe that people do get second chances.
I would recommend this short story to any of my friends. Then all the sudden an actual murder happens. And well let me just say that some of the ideals that were being said at the beginning of the book about how to do it without being caught were being put in to play.
This was very interesting short story it really allowed me to see into a detective mind. As I read this short story I was a bit confused about the language. But after I finished reading the story it was amazing. The perfect short story to read around Halloween. Of course the murder scene was interesting and about how almost every detail about this story, showed a great sense of imagery. Also it was a very sad ending with how the characters who saw the murder and the other characters reaction to this.
So I would suggest reading this short story yourself to form an opinion. Overall from my perspective and the stories that I have read from this book, the language used is very impressive, the imagery that I could see was too. The short stories that I read were awesome too.
And today I can say that if any other read took time out of there day to find and read a story from the book they too will greatly enjoy this.
Jul 01, Carol rated it it was amazing. Fascinating compilation with gems from every decade. I find short stories the best way to discover and sample new writers.
The Donald Westlake was hysterical. Patricia Highsmith is always brilliant in any form. Great and ambitious collection! Dec 05, Kristen rated it it was ok Shelves: This was a beast of a book and it took me over a year to finish. I found myself getting distracted by classic novels, religious magazines, the occasional ubiquitous self-help, Hallmark Christmas movies, and curry recipes. Perusing in the thrift store, I figured I would be getting the best of the best by downloading this book for two whole dollars.
Forty-six stories selected from an entire century of work. If this anthology truly represents the best mystery stories ever then my journey through it conf This was a beast of a book and it took me over a year to finish. I fear the quality of writing often suffers because of the sacrosanct of the plot.
The whodunit phenomena functions like the special effects in an action movie: Really, people, another car chase? But other stories were as weird as Donnie Darko or shallow like James Bond. A few near the end keep me turning the pages thank goodness but the swearing and violence turned me off in the end.
None of the stories were bad, though were a few disappointing - considering my expectations from the respective authors. There were a handful that I really liked and some I flat-out loved: In this story, a man hires an agency to help him quit smoking and then is, um Feb 01, DeAnna Knippling rated it it was amazing. I liked these overall, even when I didn't care for the individual stories.
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I felt like this collection covered most of the different types of mystery stories of the period that I knew about. Although there were a few surprises, it felt like a lot of ground was covered, a lot of trends and time periods at least touched upon. Got some. Private detective? Yup, all that. Some of those stories were not to my taste.
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And yet I'm glad to have had good examples of all them to sample. So, success. Nov 23, Linda rated it it was amazing Shelves: Stories to span the 20th century. I had only read one before. Incredible collection of authors, ranging from O. Henry and Raymond Chandler through Pearl Buck and many more. Mar 13, Jack Heath marked it as to-read Shelves: Oct 12, Hilary Bein rated it it was amazing. Love,love love this book! Someone gave it to me as a gift and I didn't think I would like it as I have never been a huge mystery fan but these are classic, well written mind teasing and often humorous stories.
Aug 31, Brendan rated it it was amazing Shelves: I don't envy anyone tasked with assembling a book like this. You'd want to be original, but you couldn't skip the best things. You'd need to hit many of the major figures while not ignoring minor gems. You'd want to hit every flavor and node. Hillerman and Penzler did a fine job, selecting many moving and startling stories for the collection. Several made me laugh, some made me shiver, some stayed with me for days.
At the same time, some seem out of place for tone, others for content. Rather than I don't envy anyone tasked with assembling a book like this.
Rather than discuss every story there are 46, after all , I'll list my five favorite and the five most out of place. Let's start with the out-of-place ones: It's also written in a confusing way, revealing details in the wrong order. The five best stories. I'd like to be clear -- there are many great stories in this collection. I'd have no trouble assembling a list of 10 instead of five. But five will do: A tale of petty bureaucracy and orderliness.
Overall, a very good read.
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These look to be scans of the originals. EarlyMysteryNovels has a good deal of information and links on mystery writers from the s to the early s. Ed McBain Donald Westlake Lawrence Block James Ellroy Michael Connelly Nelson DeMille Joyce Carol Oates Scott Turow Carl Hiaasen George Pelecanos Ellery Queen's "The Adventure of the President's Half Disme" is one of the best hidden treasure yarns I've had the pleasure of reading. Struggling with his mental health, James must catch a killer connected to his past!
Someone gave it to me as a gift and I didn't think I would like it as I have never been a huge mystery fan but these are classic, well written mind teasing and often humorous stories.
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Nelson DeMille So, " 0 prequel " sorts by 0 under the label "prequel. Sue Grafton basically created the modern genre character type of the tough, hard-boiled professional female sleuth, holding her own on what used to be all-male turf, with her iconic P. They offer genre selection as well as sorting by time including since your last visit.
As the editors rightfully point out in the foreword and introduction, calling these stories the best of the century is very subjective.
That reduced the suspense, but ratcheted up the dread, and didn't detract a bit from the emotional wallop.