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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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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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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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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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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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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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 >