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Thieves, liars, killers, and conspirators—it's a criminal world out there, and someone has got to write about it. An eclectic collection of the year's best reportage, The Best American Crime Reporting 2007 brings together the murderers and muscle men, the masterminds, and the mysteries and missteps that make for brilliant stories, told by the aces of the true crime genre. ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published September 1st 2007)
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Andres
Sep 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthologies
Catching up on all the past years of this series. I love these anthologies, and here are the stories from this volume that I found really interesting:

The Loved Ones by Tom Junod
The story of a nursing home in New Orleans where patients/residents drowned in the rising waters during Hurricane Katrina.

The Case of the Killer Priest by Sean Flynn
Explores the difficulty in believing that priests were capable of doing bad deeds, before knowing what we now know about abusive priests, by looking at how a
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Allison Floyd
May 07, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Starry-eyed gutter gazers
"We're all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." Thus spake Oscar Wilde. "Except for those of us in the stars who are looking at the gutter." Thus spake me. Let's face it, isn't gutter-gazing a natural human proclivity? Crime is unlovely, but it can be interesting. This is a collection of thoughtful, well-written articles. The details are often lurid, but never true-crime sensationalistic. Some of them are fascinating. "A Kiss Before Dying" tells the story of a complicated out ...more
Lady♥Belleza★✰
This is another compilation of true crime accounts. Most of them are taken from Magazines and each is written by a different person. They cover crimes from all over and different types of crime. The only one I didn’t like was “Monster of Florence”, but then I didn’t like the book, so I may have been a little prejudiced coming into it.

Aside from that one, the accounts in here were very interesting, to varying degrees, there was another one that was kind of ‘yawn’, but each account is short enough
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R K
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
This edition of what has rapidly become my absolute favorite of The Best American family is slightly less consistent than editions past, at least to my taste. My favorite crime writing has to do with capers, and con men. It’s more the ingenuity, audacity and hubris of these men that think they can hoodwink everyone that gets me going. The legal proceedings that go along with crime and studies on certain criminals simply don’t interest me as much. Unfortunately, that’s what this book has in spade ...more
Susan Oleksiw
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This collection of sixteen investigative reports is as riveting as any thriller, and indeed some are thrillers. Each entry is strong, well researched, and carefully thought out, true stories that in the hands of these superb writers are as brilliant as any novel.

The collection opens with a report on how thirty-five patients of a nursing home died in the Katrina flood. Of the 1500 people who died as a result of the hurricane, 200 were in hospitals and nursing homes, and 35 in an institution run b
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David
Mar 24, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
The ambiguously titled "Best American Crime Writing" series is now more clearly titled "Best American Crime Reporting." These are not short stories but magazine essays, many of which could easily be developed into books. (I note that one of the writers plays coy in the coda to his essay and, rather than give a full update, tells us to buy his forthcoming book. Shame on you, Douglas Preston!) The essays are always interesting and occasionally revelatory. A note to noir enthusiasts: Fans of Horace ...more
Gilbert
Mar 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An anthology of true crime reports culled from various magazines, so obviously the results of the choices made are uneven. I am fascinated by true stories of flawed people and the lengths that they go to in order to keep coping with life. True tragicomedy, and at times, horrific. Standouts include "The Case of the Killer Priest" by Sean Flynn, "The Inside Job" by Neil Swidey, "Fatal Connection" by David Bernstein. I can go on and on. There are only a couple of duds. Wow. Glancing at these titles ...more
Guy
Jan 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This yearly series is fantastic. I've read about four of them. If you think it's all grisly murders, think again. They're all extremely well-written and compelling features from top magazines and cover anything that can remotely be called a crime: theft, terrorism, embezzling, prostitution and, yes, murder, too. My favourite, among a bookful of favourites, was a 50-page story on the Chechnian terrorists who took over a school. Fascinating stuff.
Kirsti
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very strong collection--not a dud in the bunch. A killer priest, embezzlement, a 1950s high-school shooting in Texas, a book thief, and crimes related to Hurricane Katrina and the attacks of September 11. Even the introduction is interesting. Before the editor of this collection became a mystery novelist, she prosecuted the so-called "Preppie Murderer."
Harvey
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
- "Thieves, liars, killers, and conspirators...an eclectic collection of the year's best reportage on criminal matters."
- I really enjoyed these articles
- I will definitely read the others in this series, if I can find them
Stacy Lewis
Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always fantastic series. Crime stories range from a serial murderer in Italy to the nursing home "abandonment" in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina (it's not what the media portrayed) to the school hostage by Chechen rebels in Breslen.
BarbJ
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
Some of the stories are much better than others, but the 1st story,which happened during Hurricane Katrina, makes the whole book worth it. I also enjoyed "The Inside Job". The stories aren't as good as a Ann Rule book, but they are written with the facts and no bias. A good read.
Vanessa
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Good Compilation of Crime Stories

The stories are intriguing but short. There are enough details to give you the accounts of the crimes but each is told differently based on the author's writing style. My favorite was a first account about a jewel thief.
Seán
Even saw the lights of the Goodyear Blimp, and it read, "John Charles Gilkey is a pimp."
Joe  Noir
All the volumes in this series are good. Non-fiction crime from a variety of sources, and covering a multitude of sins.
Alie
Nov 25, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: true crime
Recommended to Alie by: library
Shelves: true-crime
This is an uneven collection. The School is the best of the collection but is nightmare inducing (terrorism).
Oren
Jan 12, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
short stories hold my attention... a selection of some of the best stories written in 2007 portraying various types of crimes, the perps who commit them, and the victims.
Margaret Sankey
Just keeping up with the periodicals I don't have time (or subscriptions) to read throughout the year.
Katie Johnston
Mar 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some stories were better than others, but "The School" and "The Loved Ones" are so fantastic that it makes the whole book worth it.
Mazola1
Mar 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good anthology. Interesting and varied pieces and just good writing. reat selections by the editor.
Ken Harwood
Just one of a series of annual anthologies collected from various magazine stories about crime in America. Some stories work quite well. Some lack impact.
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Linda Fairstein (born 1947) is one of America's foremost legal experts on crimes of violence against women and children. She served as head of the sex crimes unit of the Manhattan District Attorney's office from 1976 until 2002 and is the author of a series of novels featuring Manhattan prosecutor Alexandra Cooper.

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