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The Best American Crime Reporting 2009 (Best American Crime Reporting)

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Thieves, liars, and killers—it's a criminal world out there, and someone has to write about it. A thrilling collection of the year's best reportage by the aces of the true-crime genre, The Best American Crime Reporting 2009 brings together the mysteries and missteps of an eclectic and unforgettable set of criminals. Gripping, suspenseful, and brilliant, this latest additi

Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by Ecco (first published August 27th 2009)
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Nov 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anthologies
Another really fascinating collection of writing centered around crime. The articles and essays vary in topic and each is interesting for its own reasons. I do think this collection is a bit stronger than the 2008 edition but, really, they're both great. Out of 15 pieces, here are my favorites:

The Color of Blood by Calvin Trillin
What do you do if you defend your family with lethal force, only to have everyone tell you there was no threat?

Body Snatchers by Dan P. Lee
Horrifying and gruesome story
Did you know that Target has its own crime lab? It's not in some closet in the back of a Target store, of course. It's a high-security private lab at the corporate headquarters. Target knows that police need to catch murderers and rapists and arsonists more than they need to catch shoplifters. So the company has its own fingerprint experts and investigators who gather the evidence and turn it over to police. If the shoplifters are stealing thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise, operating as ...more
Joe  Noir
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
All the volumes in this series are good. Non-fiction crime from a variety of sources, and covering a multitude of sins. That being said, there is one long, pointless article reprinted in this volume, "The Zankou Chicken Murders" by Mark Arax, that just about ruined the book for me. It's like one of those really aggressive speed bumps that some people put in that are treacherous even driving over it slow, but if you hit it at speed would rip out your vehicle's undercarriage. Plus, it's depressing ...more
Robert P. Hoffman
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This may be the best in the series (and I am still unclear why they stopped this series). The stories are of great interest and well done.

The Color of Blood. A great story by Calvin Trillen about an African American father who shoots and kills a white kid who was coming after the father's son because at a party a girl had made a false accusation of rape against the son.

Body Snatchers. A great article about how a funeral home was illegally selling body parts and failing to give the right bodies
Sep 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Sort of interesting collection of lesser-known crime stories. Lesser-known probably because they weren't all that interesting.
Aug 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
This year's collection ranges from so-so to pretty good. Most interesting are the essays on two crime-prevention industries: Alec Wilkinson's "Non-Lethal Force" (about the development of weapons designed to incapacitate criminals without killing them) and John Colapinto's "Stop, Thief!" (about methods of stopping not only individual shoplifters but also shoplifting gangs). Best true-crime story is David Grann's "True Crime" (about a cold case that turns hot when a Polish police detective becomes ...more
Feb 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
As usual a great collection of non-fiction essays revolving around crime. Some are criminal profiles, such as a piece about a teenage mass murderer who was the victim of parental fallout so traumatic he was diagnosed with suffering the equivalent of war trauma. Another standout is a story about a Polish writer who penned a post-modern novel based on a crime he committed. Some of the more interesting pieces step back and take a look at policing, such as the use of non-lethal force and the work of ...more
Jane Morris
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent anthology of crime related stories that have been previously published in magazines. This anthology has been published annually since 2002 with the last edition published in 2010. Sad that it is no longer published. As the stories are well written and cover many types of crime.
Dec 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Some of the stories were REALLY good and REALLY disturbing! It was interesting to read more about ones I already knew of or had seen on the news. Some of them were so hard to follow and seemed a little pointless. Overall, a pretty easy read b/c it's made up of all short stories.
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent - love this series.
Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great writing and reporting. Especially interested in the Atlantic piece on crime in Memphis. Thanks Grant for the gift.
Overall, I found this surprisingly good!
Oct 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Guilty pleasure.
Sep 26, 2009 is currently reading it
My favorite annual collection of stories.
Gary Geiger
Dec 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
Toobin selected better pieces than Dubner. Maybe it was a better year for crime writing. I don't know. But I really liked the one on shoplifting and those who combat it.
May 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
I love this series. I read it every year.
Aug 06, 2016 rated it liked it
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Aug 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Wide variety of stories - some sad, some sickening, all astonishing. Collection of articles makes for easy 'just have a few minutes' reading.
Feb 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: journalism
Story about store detectives was most interesting.
Oct 10, 2011 rated it liked it
A good mix of stories, and several that I loved, but a few too many that I disliked.
Nov 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Some of these articles were a bit depressing, but on the whole the collection is totally fascinating.
Camille Buchanan
One of the greatest colloborations of crime stories I've ever read. A real page turner.
Oct 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! The chapters about living in solitary confinement (for decades, without any human contact), and the "Don't Snitch" movement were haunting . . . . Great writing. Highly recommend.
Sean Condon
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Best American Crime series are reliably excellent, some better than others but always worth a read. Ideal plane reading, I find.
May 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
This one was a little tamer than previous editions. I did like True Crime by David Grann, because it was out of the ordinary.
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