THE YEAR'S BEST MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE STORIES 1991 by Edward D. Hoch

THE YEAR'S BEST MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE STORIES 1991

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Long-time anthologist Hoch this time includes all five Edgar- nominated stories in his ``Best'' compilation, and Lynne Barrett's ``Elvis Lives,'' the ultimate Edgar winner--a dark, garish look at the Presley-impersonator industry--is reason enough to own the book. Clever but more predictable are Lawrence Block's twist on the sentimental assassin; Sue Grafton's mother-daughter love-hate case for Kinsey Millhone; Ed Gorman's frame-up of a family fiend; and Clark Howard's drowning by surfboard confrontation. Also on hand: a funny, I'm-not-a-crook Dortmunder tale from Westlake; an emotional haunting from Joyce Harrington; a child-in-need from Ruth Rendell; and a ruthless pair of discontented wives from Julian Symons. More prosaic are Pronzini's ``Nameless'' street stakeout; Stanley Cohen's what'll-we-do-with-the-body caper; and Hoch's own overlooked clue to an unhappy marriage. Includes awards' lists; necrology; short-story bibliography.

Pub Date: Nov. 20th, 1991
ISBN: 0-8027-3200-3
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Walker
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 1991




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