All you need to know about this great collection of the best mystery stories from the past century are the names of the great authors inside: Robert Bernard, Robert Bloch, Lawrence Block, Anthony Boucher, Frederic Brown, James M. Cain, Max Allan Collins, Jeffery Deaver, Stanley Ellin, Harlan Ellison, Erle Stanley Gardner, Ed Gorman, Anna Katharine Green, Jeremiah Healy, Patricia Highsmith, Reginald Hill, Tony Hillerman, Evan Hunter, Stephen King, John Lutz, John D. MacDonald, Ross MacDonald, Michael Malone, Steve Martini, Sharyn McCrumb, Margaret Millar, Marcia Muller, Sara Paretsky, Bill Pronzini, Ellery Queen, Ruth Rendell, Lisa Scottoline, Georges Simenon, Mickey Spillane, Rex Stout, Janwillem van de Wetering, Donald E. Westlake. See? One or more of those names rang a bell, signaling that you must read this book.
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"These 36 stories, originally published in the likes of Black Mask and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, will delight mystery lovers." (Publishers Weekly)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Tim on 09-01-05

Some good stories - but not the entire book

Before commenting on the book itself, it is important to note that this is not the entire unabridged book. This is not's fault, but rather the fact that the original publisher actually only produced the first half of the book. It is rather odd, because the stories go exactly in order as the hardcover, but stop about halfway.

Having said that, let me move on to the stories themselves. Like most collections, there is some good, some not so great, and a lot in the middle. There are a couple of great gems in here however - Jeffrey Deaver's "The Weekender" was so good it was almost worth buying the book for!! Although I had read "Quitter's Inc." by Stephen King before, it is an absolutely fantastic short story. "Killing Bernstein" was also interesting.

I should also clarify that many (but not all) of these stories fall into the "detective" type of stories. I was expecting a little more quirkiness(similar to Stephen King's "non-supernatural" type of stories), but many were just short crime stories.

If you've never read "Quitter's Inc" or "The Weekender" or if you like detective stories, you'll probably enjoy this one.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Adams on 27-06-09


Deaver can surely write them, but based on this compilation, he can't pick them. These stories were anything but suspenseful, and many of them were downright boring. As an example, one story was about ex cops hired to confiscate knock off merchandise from street vendors and the moral anguish this causes one of them; where's the suspense in that? Many of the stories abruptly end,leaving the reader to ask "what was the point of that?". I'd avoid this one.

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