By Hook Or By Crook and 27 More of the Best Crime and Mystery Stories of the Year
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By Hook Or By Crook and 27 More of the Best Crime and Mystery Stories of the Year (The Year's Finest Crime and Mystery Stories #2009)

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Short stories from: Dennis Lehane, Kris Nelscott, Sandra Seamans, Dave Zeltserman, SJ Rozan, Nancy Pickard, Marcia Muller, Doug Allyn, Bill Crider, Tom Picirrilli, Richard Lupoff, Mary Higgins Clark, Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins, Greg Bardsley, Dana Cameron, Brendan DuBois, Terence Faherty, Gillian Linscott, Lyndsay Faye, Twist Phelan, Charlie Drees, Bob Randisi,...more
ebook, 600 pages
Published March 2nd 2011 by Tyrus Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Bcoghill Coghill
I am not a short story reader. I prefer the novel or at least a novelette. This collection was a nice change of pace.
I don't know if this is common with short story collections, Not with ones I read, I found every story different from the others. I very much appreciated this facet of the collection.
The forward was a waste of my time. Why would I care about all of that insider information. Give me the one and a quarter page forward everytime (if one feels the need to publish a forward at all.)
I'm a huge fan of short stories. These were spectacular! I always start these stories thinking that they're a great book to easily read "on-the-go" so that I can put them down and pick them back up easily. However, I find that once I open them, I just read...and read...and read....
Some truly excellent stories, some pretty darn good ones, a few works of genius, one truly oddball concoction, and a few stories too firmly following genre conventions to stand on their own. A mostly enjoyable read.

(PS--too many Sherlock Holmes pastiches.)
Gay Terry
Some of the stories are good, some are not-so-good, some are great. It amazed me how these writers could fit a mystery into the short story form. Definitely entertaining.
Tom Hicks
Excellent book of short stories. Most of them were very good. Highly recommended.
A variety of mysteries and styles. Some good, others very good.
Pleasant 'light' crime reading. Some better than others.
Good stories, some with great twists!
Lots of great stories.
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Edward Joseph Gorman was born somewhere in the U.S. in 1941. He spent 20 years in the advertising industry before leaving to write full-time in 1984. Since then, he has been incredibly prolific, averaging 2-3 novels a year in addition to many short stories, editing anthologies, and founding and editing Mystery Scene, the new magazine of the mystery field. He has written in many genres, particularl...more
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