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Best American Mystery Stories of the Century, the (2000) [Anthology]
by Frederick Irving Anderson Lawrence Block Pearl S. Buck James M. Cain Willa Cather Raymond Chandler James Crumley Brendan DuBois Stanley Ellin Harlan Ellison William Faulkner Robert L. Fish Tom Franklin Jacques Futrelle Susan Glaspell Joe Gores Sue Grafton Stephen Greenleaf Dashiell Hammett O. Henry Patricia Highsmith Evan Hunter Shirley Jackson Harry Kemelman Stephen King Ring Lardner Dennis Lehane John D. MacDonald Ross MacDonald Michael Malone Margaret Millar Flannery O'Connor Joyce Carol Oates Sara Paretsky Melville Davisson Post Ellery Queen Ben Ray Redman Jack Ritchie Damon Runyon Henry Slesar Wilbur Daniel Steele John Steinbeck James Thurber Jerome Weidman Donald E. Westlake Cornell Woolrich Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

In The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century, best-selling author Tony Hillerman and mystery expert Otto Penzler present an unparalleled treasury of American suspense fiction that every fan will cherish. Offering the finest examples from all reaches of the genre, this collection charts the mystery's eminent history from the turn-of-the-century puzzles of Futrelle, to the seminal pulp fiction of Hammell and Chandler, to the mystery story's rise to legitimacy in the popular mind, a trend that has benefited masterly writers like Westlake, Hunter, and Grafton. Nowhere else can readers find a more thorough, more engaging, more essential distillation of American crime fiction.

Penzler, the Best American Mystery Stories series editor, and Hillerman winnowed this select group out of a thousand stories, drawing on sources as diverse as Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Esquire, Collier's and The New Yorker. Giants of the genre abound -- Raymond Chandler, Stephen King, Dashiell Hammell, Lawrence Block, Ellery Queen, Sara Paretsky, and others -- but the editors also unearthed gems by luminaries rarely found in suspense anthologies: William Faulkner. John Steinbeck. Damon Runyon, Harlan Ellison, James Thurber, and Joyce Carol Oates. Mystery buffs and newcomers alike will delight in the thrilling stories and top-notch writing of a hundred years' worth of the finest suspense, crime, and mystery writing.


  • A Retrieved Reformation by O. Henry
  • Paul’s Case by Willa Cather
  • The Problem of Cell 13 by Jacques Futrelle
  • Blind Man’s Buff by Frederick Irving Anderson
  • Naboth’s Vineyard by Melville Davisson Post
  • A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell
  • The Gutting of Couffignal by Dashiell Hammett
  • Haircut by Ring Lardner
  • Blue Murder by Wilbur Daniel Steele
  • The Perfect Crime by Ben Ray Redman
  • The Baby in the Icebox by James M. Cain
  • The Murder by John Steinbeck
  • Sense of Humor by Damon Runyon
  • Ransom by Pearl S. Buck
  • Red Wind by Raymond Chandler
  • The Catbird Seat by James Thurber
  • Rear Window by Cornell Woolrich
  • An Error in Chemistry by William Faulkner
  • The Nine Mile Walk by Harry Kemelman
  • The Adventure of the President’s Half Disme by Ellery Queen
  • The Homesick Buick by John D. MacDonald
  • Gone Girl by Ross Macdonald
  • The Moment of Decision by Stanley Ellin
  • First Offense by Evan Hunter
  • The Couple Next Door by Margaret Millar
  • The Day of the Execution by Henry Slesar
  • The Terrapin by Patricia Highsmith
  • The Possibility of Evil by Shirley Jackson
  • The Comforts of Home by Flannery O’Connor
  • Good Man, Bad Man by Jerome Weidman
  • Goodbye, Pops by Joe Gores
  • The Whimper of Whipped Dogs by Harlan Ellison
  • The Wager by Robert L. Fish
  • Do With Me What You Will by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Quitters, Inc. by Stephen King
  • The Absence of Emily by Jack Ritchie
  • By the Dawn’s Early Light by Lawrence Block
  • Iris by Stephen Greenleaf
  • Three-Dot Po by Sara Paretsky
  • The Parker Shotgun by Sue Grafton
  • Too Many Crooks by Donald E. Westlake
  • Hot Springs by James Crumley
  • The Dark Snow by Brendan DuBois
  • Red Clay by Michael Malone
  • Poachers by Tom Franklin
  • Running Out of Dog by Dennis Lehane

Original title: The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryCrime/Caper

The following works are contained within this one:
     Paul's Case (1905) [Short Story]
      Author: Willa Cather
     Jury of Her Peers, a (1917) [Novelette]
      Author: Susan Glaspell
     Haircut (1925) [Short Story]
      Author: Ring Lardner
     Murder, the (1934) [Short Story]
      Author: John Steinbeck
     Rear Window (1942) [Novelette]
      Author: Cornell Woolrich
     Homesick Buick, the (1950) [Short Story]
      Author: John D. MacDonald
     Comforts of Home, the (1960) [Short Story]
      Author: Flannery O'Connor
     Goodbye, Pops (1969) [Short Story]
      Author: Joe Gores
     Whimper of Whipped Dogs, the (1973) [Short Story]
      Author: Harlan Ellison
     Quitters, Inc. (1978) [Short Story]
      Author: Stephen King
     By the Dawn’s Early Light (1984) [Short Story]
      Author: Lawrence Block
     Three-Dot Po (1984) [Short Story]
      Author: Sara Paretsky
     Dark Snow, the (1996) [Short Story]
      Author: Brendan DuBois

Edition #1: Best American Mystery Stories of the Century, the

Best American Mystery Stories of the Century, the (2000)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Otto Penzler Tony Hillerman
  • "This anthology is a cornerstone volume for any mystery library." Publishers Weekly
  • "[This] book offers pleasures aplenty." New York Times
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The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century (2001)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
ISBN: 0618012710
Dimensions: 6 x 8.9 x 1.3
Pages: 840

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