Other books byOtto Penzler
The Best of the Best American Mystery Stories
The First Ten Years
This compilation collects the top twenty stories from the first decade (1997–2006) of The Best American Mystery Stories, selected and introduced by Otto Penzler. Contributors include Russell Banks, James Lee Burke, Brendan DuBois, Lou Manfredo, Ed McBain, Joyce Carol Oates, and many others.
The Best American Mystery Stories of the Nineteenth Century
An unparalleled treasury of crime, mystery, and murder from the genre’s founding century With stories by Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, L. Frank Baum, Edith Wharton, Stephen Crane, and Jack London, The Best American Mystery Stories of the Nineteenth Century is an essential anthology of American letters. It’s a unique blend of beloved writers who contributed to the genre and forgotten names that pioneered the form, such as Anna Katharine Green, the godmother of mystery fiction, and the African-American writer Charles W. Chesnutt. Of course, Penzler includes “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” recognized as the first detective story, and with thirty-three stories spanning the years 1824–1899, nowhere else can readers find such a surprising, comprehensive take on the evolution of the American mystery story.
Murder for Revenge
A high school wallflower cooks up justice O la carte at her 20th reunion...A submissive wife sails her domineering husband straight to hell...A man disposes of his enemy in a murder only a writer could commit. This irresistible collection of original stories was born of a deliciously wicked idea: ask twelve of America's best writers to explore a single subject--people willing, often gleefully so, to kill for revenge. The result is a star-studded gathering of fiction's finest, and an infinitely satisfying banquet of..."Murder for Revenge. In Lawrence Block's chilling contribution, a serial killer transforms one victim's brother into his greatest defender--to his eternal regret! Revenge more immediate sizzles in Mary Higgins Clark's "Power Play," as a dashing ex-president and his congresswoman wife outwit terrorists hunting bigger game. Phillip Margolin's career criminal has an alibi to die for--which becomes a nail in the coffin of self-defense. Joyce Carol Oates administers revenge most satisfying in "Murder-Two" as a brilliant lawyer defends her first criminal client--her worst enemy's son. And in Peter Straub's "Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff," a betrayed husband discovers that if you have to ask the price of revenge, you can't afford to pay for it. Here is delicious retribution in these and seven more superb, all-new stories by Thomas H. Cook, Vicki Hendricks, Joan Hess, Judith Kelman, Eric Lustbader, David Morrell, and Shel Silverstein: America's favorite writers gathered together in one unforgettable volume--a wickedly entertaining exploration of sweet, cold-blooded revenge. Otto Penzler is the owner of The Mysterious Bookshops in New York City, Los Angeles, and London. Thefounder of The Mysterious Press and Otto Penzler Books, he is also the editor of the acclaimed collection "Murder for Love. He received an Edgar Award for the "Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection, and was honored by the My
Murder at the Foul Line
Original Tales of Hoop Dreams and Deaths from...
Refereed by editor Otto Penzler, this anthology collects fourteen, original tales of buzzer-beating suspense and postgame mayhem. "In "Keller's Double Dribble," Lawrence Block tails a clueless hitman with courtside tickets to unplanned bloodshed ... Jeffery Deaver's power guard summons his formidable game instincts to thwart a pack of scammers in "Nothing but Net" ... a flagrant foul and a cruel betrayal send a star player crashing in Mike Lupica's "Mrs. Cash" ... George Pelecanos's "String Music" traces the dangerous escalation of a playground beef ... and in "Galahad, Inc.," by Joan H. Parker and Robert B. Parker, a college prodigy seeks unlikely defensive help against a sorority party sex rap." "Other literary slam-dunk tales ask just how hard a former Olympic medalist will fight to get back his old glory ... what hustle will win you the dunk-or-die prison matchup ... and why the pride of the Knicks will never live to see the playoffs. You'll find all the answers inside these pages from acclaimed storytellers Sue DeNymme, Brendan DuBois, Parnell Hall, Laurie R. King, Michael Malone, R. D. Rosen, S. J. Rozan, Justin Scott, and Stephen Solomita. There's the whistle. Here's the tip-off. Let these great clutch shot-makers put you in the zone."--BOOK JACKET.