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The best American mystery stories 2019
The best American mystery stories 2019
Publication Information:
Boston : Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2019]

Physical Description:
xv, 317 pages ; 21 cm.
Best American series
Coach O / The keepers of all sins / Open house / A damn fine town / The walk-in / Top ten vacation selfies of YouTube stars / Mastermind / That Donnelly crowd / The clown / Hannah-beast / The archivist / A box of hope / Payback / If you say so / Neighbors / Faint of heart / Lush / Inside man / Burning down the house / Contributor's notes -- Other distinguished mystery stories of 2018.
"New York Times best-selling author of ten genre-bending novels Jonathan Lethem helms this collection of the year's best mystery short fiction."--Provided by publisher.

For Jonathan Lethem, "crime stories are deep species gossip." He writes in his introduction that "they're fundamentally stories of power, of its exercise, both spontaneous and conspiratorial; stories of impulse and desire, and of the turning of tables." The Best American Mystery Stories 2019 has its full share of salacious intrigue, guilt, and retribution. The twists and bad decisions pile up when a thief picks the wrong target or a simple scavenger hunt takes a terrible turn. What happens when you befriend a death row inmate, or just how does writing Internet clickbait became a decidedly dangerous occupation? "How can we not hang on their outcomes?" asks Lethem. "Are we innocent ourselves, or complicit?" Read on to find out.