Search Results: "Otto Penzler"


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THE VAMPIRE ARCHIVES by Otto Penzler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"We're on the edge of our seats."
"Rubbish, Watson, rubbish! What have we to do with walking corpses who can only be held in their grave by stakes driven through their hearts? Read full book review >

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OTTO by Tomi Ungerer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Subtle changes of facial expression in Ungerer's watercolor art give the bear—stained, battered and with a clumsily repaired bullet hole—plenty of character, and there's nary a trace of sentimentality in the matter-of-fact narrative. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The first broad release of a title originally published regionally and overseas in 1999, this simply told, deeply affecting tale follows a teddy's passage from hand to hand through war and other troubles. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2009

"For all its ups and downs, well worth having for both its treasures from the past and the demonstration of how much vitality this neglected vein of crime fiction reveals."
Truth in labeling alert: Though all 15 stories veteran anthologist Penzler has collected are by African-American writers, most wouldn't count as noir. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 6, 2007

"Part reference, part guilty pleasure, part doorstop."
Veteran anthologist Penzler, who's had highly variable results commissioning new stories (Dead Man's Hand: Crime Fiction at the Poker Table, 2007, etc.), turns back to the sure-fire past. Read full book review >

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DEAD MAN’S HAND by Otto Penzler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"The best hands are dealt by Parnell Hall (Stanley Hastings acting smarter than usual), Rupert Holmes (an ingenious twist on the poker-game alibi) and Jeffery Deaver (a poker reality show that's most likely to pop up in future anthologies)."
Fifteen new stories show how poker can be—or lead to, or cover up—murder. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2006

"Penzler's recent anthologies (Murder at the Racetrack, 2006, etc.) feature a couple of decent offerings apiece and a lot of filler. Thank God for those Brits."
Fifteen original short cases of murder on and around the links. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2006

"Uneven work from contributors anthologist Penzler (Murder Is My Racquet, 2005, etc.) introduces as a Dream Team."
Seven bricks, five buckets and a pair of brilliant three-pointers. Read full book review >

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MURDER AND OBSESSION by Otto Penzler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 1999

"Supporting performances by Kent Anderson, James Crumley, Anne Perry, and Amanda Cross make this an anthology with something for everyone."
The third entry in Penzler's themed series of new stories (Murder for Revenge, 1998, etc.) is doubly generous. Read full book review >

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MURDER FOR LOVE by Otto Penzler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Worth a run-through for its all-star roster; but make sure you send your Valentine flowers and candy too."
If it's history you're looking for, here is God's plenty: James Crumley's first short story in 23 years, Elmore Leonard's first in over 30, and the first crime short stories ever from William J. Caunitz, Carol Higgins Clark, and children's author Shel Silverstein. Read full book review >

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ZOMBIES! ZOMBIES! ZOMBIES! by Otto Penzler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"One wishes for a slightly—ahem—tastier and less flabby gathering. But if zombies are your cup of meat, this is just the thing."
"They sat like people asleep with their eyes open, staring, but seeing nothing." A Tea Party rally? No, no: A clutch of zombies, the stars of Penzler's (The Vampire Archives, 2009, etc.) latest mega-anthology. Read full book review >

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THE GREATEST RUSSIAN STORIES OF CRIME AND SUSPENSE by Otto Penzler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"An entertaining collection of stories. Readers with no taste for the uncanny can enjoy two tart anecdotes about capital punishment—Tolstoy's 'Too Dear' and Chekhov's 'The Head Gardner's Story'—and Chekhov's deft and amusing whodunit, 'The Swedish Match.'"
Nineteen reprints with one foot on earth and the other elsewhere. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 10, 2009

"An all-star cast produces a mostly rewarding collection."
Profiles of fiction's leading sleuths originally published individually for patrons of editor Penzler's (Black Noir, 2009, etc.) Mysterious Bookshop. Read full book review >