The Deadly Bride and 21 of the Year's Finest Crime and Mystery Stories

by Ed Gorman (Editor), Martin H. Greenberg

Published: January 2007
Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
Pages: 553
Paperback
ISBN: 9780786719174

       

Overview of The Deadly Bride and 21 of the Year's Finest Crime and Mystery Stories

The annual that has included the likes of Joyce Carol Oates and Max Allan Collins is back with another array of traditional mysteries and tales of crime and suspense from its usual roster of luminaries. Besides presenting twenty of the year's finest crime and mystery stories, from Sharan Newman and James W. Hall to Anne Perry and Jeffery Deaver, The Deadly Bride is also the only annual to feature a roundup of the year in mystery. This invaluable overview includes everything the true fan needs to know about the year in crime and mystery, from a comprehensive list of award-winners and essays on the state of the art to obituaries and an annotated bibiliography of the year's releases.

Synopsis of The Deadly Bride and 21 of the Year's Finest Crime and Mystery Stories

The annual that has included the likes of Joyce Carol Oates and Max Allan Collins is back with another array of traditional mysteries and tales of crime and suspense from its usual roster of luminaries. Besides presenting twenty of the year's finest crime and mystery stories, from Sharan Newman and James W. Hall to Anne Perry and Jeffery Deaver, The Deadly Bride is also the only annual to feature a roundup of the year in mystery. This invaluable overview includes everything the true fan needs to know about the year in crime and mystery, from a comprehensive list of award-winners and essays on the state of the art to obituaries and an annotated bibiliography of the year's releases.

Publishers Weekly

Covering both 2005 and 2006, the latest "finest" anthology from Gorman and Greenberg (after 2005's The Adventure of the Missing Detective) gathers 22 largely mainstream crime and mystery stories. In addition, Jon Breen presents a useful roundup of significant publications and awards; Edward D. Hoch's necrology reminds us of the loss of many fine authors in the past two years; and Sarah Weinman continues to track developments in online publishing. Highlights include Wendy Hornsby's "Dust Up," about a bike-riding birdwatcher who takes on a car full of robbers; Simon Brett's "Cain Was Innocent," a humorous take on man's first murder; and Jeremiah Healy's "A Matter of Honor," in which John Francis Cuddy gets a lesson from a Finnish beauty. Other notable contributions to this entertaining compendium come from James W. Hall, J.A. Jance, Anne Perry and Jeffery Deaver. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

About the Author, Ed Gorman

Ed Gorman, longtime editor and publisher of Mystery Scene Magazine, is the author of the Sam McCain mystery series for Carroll & Graf. He coedited, with Martin H. Greenberg, the anthologies The Fine Art of Murder and The Big Book of Noir. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Martin H. Greenberg is coeditor of a trilogy of Sherlock Holmesian anthologies for Carroll & Graf, among crime fiction's most awarded anthologies. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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Publishers Weekly

Covering both 2005 and 2006, the latest "finest" anthology from Gorman and Greenberg (after 2005's The Adventure of the Missing Detective) gathers 22 largely mainstream crime and mystery stories. In addition, Jon Breen presents a useful roundup of significant publications and awards; Edward D. Hoch's necrology reminds us of the loss of many fine authors in the past two years; and Sarah Weinman continues to track developments in online publishing. Highlights include Wendy Hornsby's "Dust Up," about a bike-riding birdwatcher who takes on a car full of robbers; Simon Brett's "Cain Was Innocent," a humorous take on man's first murder; and Jeremiah Healy's "A Matter of Honor," in which John Francis Cuddy gets a lesson from a Finnish beauty. Other notable contributions to this entertaining compendium come from James W. Hall, J.A. Jance, Anne Perry and Jeffery Deaver. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews

Five of this year's crop are first-rate, one is truly superb-and the rest? Well, never mind those. In the mordantly witty "Jury Duty," the best story in Gorman and Greenberg's annual collection, Kristine Kathryn Rusch's protagonist is a murderer who is also a juror in someone else's murder trial. The prosecutor is smart and ambitious, the murderer/juror is smart and cranky, and the duel between them is a gem. In "Highest, Best Use," J.A. Jance serves up an American Miss Marple, cantankerous, feisty and likable. F. Paul Wilson's "Interlude at Duane's" concerns a hit man transformed into a hero in a slam-bang actioner with not a word wasted. Vengeance uber alles is the theme of David Morrell's twisty "The Abelard Sanction," in which spies hunt spies in the ultimate safe house. Hard guys get squished in Wendy Hornsby's delicious biter-bit yarn, and in Jeremiah Healy's deft "A Matter of Honor" it turns out that the Icelandic spin on the concept is outlandishly lethal. As for the rest, including the title story, by Sharan Newman, none are clunkers, but all are basically forgettable. Still, six out of 21 isn't bad.

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