The Best American Mystery Stories 2005

The Best American Mystery Stories 2005 Review

The Best American series has been the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction since 1915. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of periodicals. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the very best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected--and most popular--of its kind.

The Best American Mystery Stories 2005 includes

Scott Turow • Edward P. Jones • Louise Erdrich • Dennis Lehane • Daniel Handler • Laura Lippman • George V. Higgins • David Means • Richard Burgin • Scott Wolven • Stuart M. Kaminsky • and others

Joyce Carol Oates, guest editor, is a highly respected novelist, critic, playwright, poet, and short story writer. She is the author of numerous books, including the National Book Award winner Them and most recently the novel The Falls.

Title:The Best American Mystery Stories 2005
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Spencer Hughes

    A strong collection of mystery/pulp stories. None come across as particularly weak, but as with any anthology collection...enjoyment of the individual parts is largely subjective. I didn't hate any of...

  • Karen

    There were a few standout stories here for me, but mostly this felt like a big pile of Same. Basically, Joyce Carol Oates likes dark stories of the American working class underbelly, heavy on on-the-l...

  • Frank

    I got a used copy of this book as a gift a year or two ago, and since then I've picked it up here and there when I was looking for something to read in the bathtub. During and after our recent Califor...

  • Steven

    Quick points:- Easy to see how each story reflects Oates' personal history, which seems to influence her own writing- All worthwhile reads but here are the stories that stick with me: "The Identity Cl...

  • Lee Battersby

    I seem to be in the minority in that I've never liked Joyce Carol Oates' work, finding it largely pretentious, uninspired, and often startlingly unoriginal. Thankfully, despite a couple of tales that ...

  • Kathy Ahn

    I picked this off my shelf thinking I hadn't read it, but apparently I'd had so this is my re-read review. The stories are great and in true JCO fashion, oftentimes more psychological thrillers/myster...

  • SmarterLilac

    Some good picks in here. Joyce Carol Oates has good taste. Some, like the excellent Disaster Stamps of Pluto, are effete submissions from accomplished names like Louise Erdrich. Others, including the ...

  • James

    Hate to say it, but I did not get a lot out of these stories. I would read one, it would be somewhat interesting and then end flat, leaving me with the feeling of being cheated. Kinda like eating ston...

  • Sherry

    I love these collections! Some real standouts. Can't say any of the stories are bad. John Sayles just may be one of my new favorite writers. He's been in a couple of these collections, I hadn't heard ...

  • Jessica

    Usually I love these compilations of short stories, but this one was simply depressing. It seemed like the main character dies in almost all of them. So you build up this attachment to the characters ...