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The 2005 edition of The Best American Crime Writing offers the year's most shocking, compelling, and gripping writing about real-life crime, including Peter Landesman's article about female sex slaves (the most requested and widely read New York Times story of 2004), a piece from The New Yorker by Stephen J. Dubner (the coauthor of Freakanomics) about a high-society silver ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 6th 2005 by Harper Perennial (first published September 1st 2005)
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Kemper
Mar 23, 2009 rated it liked it
A very solid set of true-crime stories. There's a wide range here from murderer to white collar scammers to professional thieves to an essay by James Ellroy explaining how Joseph Wambaugh influenced his life and crime writing. Good reading for true crime fans.
Harvey
Jun 23, 2013 rated it liked it
- from the jacket: "The 2005 edition of The Best American Crime Writing offers the years most shocking, compelling, and gripping writing about real-life crime, including Peter Landesman's article about female sex-slaves (the most-requested and widely-read New York Times story of 2004), a piece from The New Yorker by Stephen J. Dubner (the co-author of Freakonomics) about a high-society silver thief, and an extraordinarily memorable 'Ode To Bar Fights' written by Jonathan Miles for Men's Journal ...more
Martha
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Who knew? These are fascinating stories from major magazines and newspapers. I have been reading them as I can get them on ILL. In the one I'm about to finish there is a story about David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam serial killer who has become a sort of cult figure, having "found Christ" and quoting favorite verses from the Bible. He hasn't read the whole book, just selected parts. He has a website and fans, proving once again that anything is possible.
Guy
Mar 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Any one of these annual series is well worth the read. A compilation of the top crime stories from such venerable publications as the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and the like. Don't assume it's all about murder. These stories are about anything to do with breaking the law, from murder to burglary to terrorism to embezzlement to impersonation. All fascinating.
Kirsti
My favorite piece was "The Family Man" by the amazing Skip Hollandsworth, about a straight-arrow suburban husband and father who is actually a highly skilled burglar and who feels compelled to hire ne'er-do-well friends and relatives on his jobs. "The Silver Thief" by Stephen J. Dubner and "The Self-Destruction of an M.D." by Neil Swidey were also excellent.
Ellen
Oct 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing
The writing in here is amazing, and, since truth is stranger than fiction, there are some pretty compelling stories. My favorite so far is the death of the one of the foremost experts on Arthur Conan Doyle.
JBP
Jul 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2006
Like a lot of these anthologies, some essays better than others. A few I'd already read in the New Yorker, but if you like short bursts of true-life crime in your reading diet, these are fun and easy.
maija
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Of the four books I've read from this series this was by far the most disappointing collection. I strongly recommend reading other installments from the series, but can't recommend this year specifically.
Robert Noll
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very interesting vignettes.
Mark
Dec 13, 2007 rated it liked it
Stories range from the famous NYT Magazine piece about human trafficking to New England's master silver thief. Good stuff.
Rae
Mar 26, 2008 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the first half of this book and then it went downhill. The articles just didn't hold my interest.
Joe  Noir
May 17, 2013 rated it liked it
All the volumes in this series are good. Non-fiction crime from a variety of sources, and covering a multitude of sins.
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Some of the stories were lame. The Ellroy story at the end was really good.
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James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His L.A. Quartet novels—The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz—were international best sellers. His novel American Tabloid was Time magazine’s Best Book (fiction) of 1995; his memoir, My Dark Places, was a Time Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book for 1996. His novel The Cold Six Thousand was a New York ...more
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“I roamed L.A. by night. I got repeatedly rousted by LAPD. I sensed that a cop-street fool compact existed. I behaved accordingly. I denied all criminal intent. I acted respectfully. My height-to-weight ratio and unhygienic appearance caused some cops to taunt me. I sparred back. Street schtick often ensued. I mimicked jailhouse jigs like some WASP Richard Pryor. Rousts turned into streetside yukfests. They played like Jack Webb unhinged. I started to dig the LAPD. I started to grok cop humor. I couldn't quite peg it as performance art. I hadn't read Joseph Wambaugh yet.” 2 likes
“I saw crime everywhere. Crime was not isolated incidents destined for ultimate solution and adjudication. Crime was the continual circumstance. It was all day, every day. The ramifications extended to the 12th of Never. This is a policeman's view of crime. I did not know it then.” 1 likes
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