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Alfred Hitchcock: The Best of Mystery (1976) [Anthology]
by Mary Barrett Lawrence Block Charles Boeckman Eleanor Daly Boylan Wenzell Brown Margaret Chenoweth Patricia Clark Smith Robert Colby Avram Davidson Borden Deal Charlotte Edwards Richard M. Ellis David Ely Paul W. Fairman E.X. Ferrars C. B. Gilford Ron Goulart Patricia Highsmith Alfred Hitchcock Edward D. Hoch James Holding Donald Honig F.J. Kelly Rufus King Richard Levinson William Link John Lutz Dan J. Marlowe Carroll Mayers Ed McBain Helen Nielsen Lawrence Page Jean Potts Bill Pronzini Gilbert A. Ralston Jack Ritchie Holly Roth Henry Slesar Richard Stark Paul Tabori Lawrence Treat Nedra Tyre James Michael Ullman Bryce Walton Hillary Waugh Donald E. Westlake Kate Wilhelm Charles Wilkinson Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

Here are sixty-five spine-tingling tales, introduced by the master of suspense, the late Alfred Hitchcock. These suspenseful stories originally appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and, in the words of the master himself, are "calculated to make your blood run cold."

You'll find suave detectives, clever gangsters, bodies in trunks, kidnappings, adulterous affairs, murder and espionage. You'll meet a happy widower, a homicidal country woman, Russians seeking political asylum, a would-be Greenwich Village stud, the Viet Cong, a teenager out on an unfortunate date, and a very unhappy little boy at summer camp, willing to do anything to go home.

Beware -- this anthology is not recommended for late night reading. These masterful tales are guaranteed to unnerve.


  • Winter Run by Edward D. Hoch
  • You Can't Blame Me by Henry Slesar
  • A Flower in Her Hair by Pauline C. Smith
  • The Cost of Kent Castwell by Avram Davidson
  • Pseudo Identity by Lawrence Block
  • That Russian! by Jack Ritchie
  • Galton and the Yelling Boys by Hillary Waugh
  • Blind Date by Charles Boeckman
  • Pressure by Roderick Wilkinson
  • The Running Man by Bill Pronzini
  • The Vietnam Circle by F.J. Kelly
  • Sadie When She Died by Ed McBain
  • A Very Cautious Boy by Gilbert Ralston
  • A Try for the Big Prize by Borden Deal
  • Voice in the Night by Robert Colby
  • Undertaker, Please Drive Slow by Ron Goulart
  • Never Shake a Family Tree by Donald E. Westlake
  • Here Lies Another Blackmailer by Bill Pronzini
  • Dead Duck by Lawrence Treat
  • Games for Adults by John Lutz
  • Night of the Twisters by James Michael Ullman
  • Variations on a Game by Patricia Highsmith
  • Child's Play by William Link and Richard Levinson
  • Just a Little Impractical Joke by Richard Stark
  • Murderer #2 by Jean Potts
  • The Third Call by Jack Ritchie
  • Damon and Pythias and Delilah Brown by Rufus King
  • Glory Hunter by Richard M. Ellis
  • Linda is Gone by Pauline C. Smith
  • Frightened Lady by C.B. Gilford
  • Come Back, Come Back... by Donald E. Westlake
  • Once Upon a Bank Floor by James Holding
  • Warrior's Farewell by Edward D. Hoch
  • Death By Misadventure by Wenzell Brown
  • With a Smile for the Ending by Lawrence Block
  • Television Country by Charlotte Edwards
  • Art for Money's Sake by Dan J. Marlowe
  • Nothing but Human Nature by Hillary Waugh
  • Murder, 1990 by C.B. Gilford
  • Panther, Panther in the Night by Paul W. Fairman
  • Perfectly Timed Plot by E.X. Ferrars
  • #8 by Jack Ritchie
  • All the Needless Killing by Bryce Walton
  • A Melee of Diamonds by Edward D. Hoch
  • One for the Crow by Mary Barrett
  • Happiness Before Death by Henry Slesar
  • I Don't Understand It by Bill Pronzini
  • News From Nowhere by Ron Goulart
  • A Case of Desperation by Kate Wilhelm
  • An Interlude for Murder by Paul Tabori
  • Death Overdue by Eleanor Daly Boylan
  • The Best-Friend Murder by Donald E. Westlake
  • Pattern of Guilt by Helen Nielsen
  • A Real, Live Murderer by Donald Honig
  • Doctor Apollo by Bryce Walton
  • The Pursuer by Holly Roth
  • Final Arrangements by Lawrence Page
  • Countdown by David Ely
  • Murder Between Friends by Nedra Tyre
  • Cast of the Kind Waitress by Henry Slesar
  • Ghost of a Chance by Carroll Mayers
  • The Montevideo Squeeze by James Holding
  • The White Moth by Margaret Chenoweth

Original title: Alfred Hitchcock: The Best of Mystery
Alternative titles: The Best of Mystery: 63 Short Stories Chosen by the Master of Suspense
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and Detectives
FictionCrime and MysterySuspense
FictionCrime and MysteryCrime/Caper

The following works are contained within this one:
     Never Shake a Family Tree (1961) [Short Story]
      Author: Donald E. Westlake
     Cost of Kent Castwell, the (1961) [Short Story]
      Author: Avram Davidson
     Winter Run (1965) [Short Story]
      Author: Edward D. Hoch
     Pseudo Identity (1966) [Short Story]
      Author: Lawrence Block
     Undertaker, Please Drive Slow (1967) [Short Story]
      Author: Ron Goulart
     That Russian! (1968) [Short Story]
      Author: Jack Ritchie
     Games for Adults (1971) [Short Story]
      Author: John Lutz
     Frightened Lady (1972) [Short Story]
      Author: C. B. Gilford
     Sadie, When She Died (1972) [Novel]
      Author: Ed McBain
     Melee of Diamonds, a (1972) [Short Story]
      Author: Edward D. Hoch
     Here Lies Another Blackmailer (1974) [Short Story]
      Author: Bill Pronzini
     Happiness Before Death (1974) [Short Story]
      Author: Henry Slesar

Edition #1: Alfred Hitchcock: The Best of Mystery

Alfred Hitchcock: The Best of Mystery (1976)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Introduction by: Alfred Hitchcock
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The Best of Mystery: 63 Short Stories Chosen by the Master of Suspense (February 1980)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Galahad Books
ISBN: 9780883656440
Dimensions: 6.9 x 9.6 x 2
Pages: 636

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Alfred Hitchcock: The Best of Mystery (1976)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Galahad Books
Pages: 636

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