THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2003.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2003. dj. Hardcover first edition - The seventh in this series of mystery anthologies includes a Prohibition-era tale of a scorned lover's revenge, a Sherlock Holmes-inspired mystery solved by an actor playing the famous detective onstage, stories of a woman's near-fatal search for self-discovery, a bar owner's gutsy attempt to outwit the mob, and a showdown between double-crossing detectives, and a tale of murder by psychology. Among the contributors are Elmore Leonard, Walter Mosley, James Crumley, Joyce Carol Oates, George Pelecanos, Scott Phillips, Brendan DuBois, Daniel Stashower, Hanna Tinti, Monica Wood and more. Otto Penzler, series editor. Notes on the contributors and a list of other distinguished stories of 2002. xv, 328 pp. plus 2 pp publisher's ads. ISBN: 0-618-329668.