Search Results: "Otto Penzler"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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THE BLACK LIZARD BIG BOOK OF LOCKED-ROOM MYSTERIES by Otto Penzler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"However fast or slow they go, however, connoisseurs of this eccentric, demanding form will find this an indispensable resource, a pearl beyond price."
Purists be warned: This latest XXXL-sized anthology from veteran editor Penzler (The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries, 2013, etc.) should really be titled The Black Lizard Big Book of Impossible Crimes.Read full book review >

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THE BIG BOOK OF ROGUES AND VILLAINS by Otto Penzler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Weighing in at a svelte 928 pages, Penzler's omnibus is equally impossible to pick up and put down."
Black Lizard's latest plus-size anthology, reprinting 72 stories, practically all of them published in the U.S. and U.K. over the past two centuries, is a monument to bad behavior. Read full book review >

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THE BIG BOOK OF JACK THE RIPPER by Otto Penzler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"The Ripper has been such a persistent inspiration in the mystery and horror genres that no anthology can truly be exhaustive. But if you finish this monumental collection and find yourself with an appetite for more, consider seeking professional help."
Truth in labeling alert: Penzler's latest plus-sized anthology differs sharply from volumes like Maxim Jakubowski's The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper because it doesn't focus mainly on the world's most famous real-life serial killer but rather on his fictional epigones. Read full book review >

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BIBLIOMYSTERIES by Otto Penzler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"No matter. Readers who love books will love reading about books, the people who love them, the people who kill for them, and the people who kill with them—often the very same people."
Indefatigable mystery bookseller/editor Penzler (The Big Book of Jack the Ripper, 2016, etc.) has assembled—wait for it—a collection of 15 stories linking murders to books, originally commissioned between 2011 and 2013 as feuilletons distributed by the Mysterious Bookshop. Read full book review >

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DANGEROUS WOMEN by Otto Penzler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2005

"Best of all is the densely plotted tale of a clever New York shamus's comeuppance by Walter Mosley, who evidently never heard that his contribution was supposed to be at once full-blooded in its passions and anemic in its development."
Seventeen new stories parade the fair sex at its foulest. 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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MURDER FOR REVENGE by Otto Penzler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"More predictable, then, than the tales in Murder for Love (1996), though the level of professionalism is more consistent."
Once you're aware of the rubric the title announces—tit for tat—you know a lot about the plots of most of these dozen new stories, more than you would have known about the plots of the stories in Penzler's Murder for Love (1996), since the possibilities within these present confines are so well-worn. 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 >