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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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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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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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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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Penzler's introduction and headnotes conscientiously recycle the most enduring clichés about the Round Table wits' backbiting and their lack of major literary success. Even the collection's title is recycled."
You didn't know that the famed Algonquin Round Table of the 1920s was home to some noted mystery writers? Editor Penzler, try as he might, won't do much to convince you. 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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES by Jeffrey Deaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2009

"A choice mix of solid work from mystery specialists and one-shots from authors who'd never want to be identified with the genre."
Series editor Penzler's preference for trolling literary journals instead of relying on the usual mystery magazines and anthologies pays big dividends. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2011 by Harlan Coben
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"It has its highs and lows, but the best of Coben's Best is really first-rate."
Ranging from homespun to lush and tropical, this year's crop of 20 stories offers a variety of tastes and textures. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2014 by Laura Lippman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Lippman and series editor Penzler set a sumptuous and surprisingly varied table for those who like their thrills short, sweet and creepy."
The 20 top picks this year span the globe in setting and cross the spectrum in tone. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2010 by Lee Child
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Penzler's foreword makes no bones about spurning traditional whodunits in favor of an eclectic mix of tales that exhibit crime in all its varieties in every corner of the world—and then some."
Guest editor Child chooses 20 atmospheric tales whose settings and crimes are all over the map in this 14th entry in Penzler's annual series. Read full book review >