The Best American Mystery Stories 2002

Version: Unabridged
Author: James Ellroy , Otto Penzler
Narrator: Unknown
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror, Literature, Short Stories
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Published In: October 2002
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours, 30 minutes
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Since its inception in 1915, the Best American series has become the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. For each volume, a series editor reads pieces from hundreds of periodicals, then selects between fifty and a hundred outstanding works. That selection is pared down to the twenty or so very best pieces by a guest editor who is widely recognized as a leading writer in his or her field. This unique system has helped make the Best American series the most respected -- and most popular -- of its kind. In his introduction to this year's collection, James Ellroy explores the differences between the novel and the short story. Included here are experts at both forms. Featuring renowned novelists like Stuart Kaminsky, Michael Connelly, Joe Gores, and Robert B. Parker, as well as veterans of this series like Brendan DuBois, Michael Downs, Joyce Carol Oates, and Clark Howard, this edition will delight readers with its wide variety and peerless quality.--

Reviews (8)


Written by Charlie on April 5th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Really enjoyed this collection of short stories. If you like mysteries this will not disappoint.

why not more

Written by Lowell from Skokie, IL on October 31st, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The variety of readers whose voices are perfect for the sub genre of their stories adds a lot of character and pull you into the stories which while interesting and well written lack the twists in plot and unpredictability I prefer. I got a kick out of a hot dog that plays a key role in the final story being clearly based on a real place that I am familiar with in Skokie. I regret that I do not see others in the series on cd.

American Crime Stories

Written by M.C. on March 9th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

As others have written, these are crime stories rather than mysteries, which was fine with me. They also lean to hard-bitten, macho characters, as crime stories are wont to do, and that also was fine. Robert Parker's story involving Jackie Robinson and a bodyguard assigned to him was the most memorable, but several were good, and all but one held my attention.

Good Stories, Poorly Named

Written by Anonymous on March 29th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

The short stories in this compilation are well-written, and quite entertaining, but they aren't mysteries. There's no "whodunit" quality to them at all--they're just crime stories, really. This is not to say that they're not good--they are, they're just not mysteries.

Good Stories all

Written by David Jackson from Racine, WI on August 19th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This is a collection of pretty good stories -- hard to believe they're the best we could find, but worth listening to anyway. Lots of baseball-related stories. I'd get it if you like crime and mystery stuff.

Best American Mystery Stories 2002

Written by Anonymous on June 29th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

These discs contained many stories of various topics. I enjoyed them very much. There was a variety of moods also. Some were serious, and some were on a lighter side of our lives. There were several trick endings leaving me surprised that the story was over.

Best American Mystery Stories 2002 unabridged

Written by Anonymous on November 26th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Didn't make it through the discs. The stories not interesting and some very predictable. Otto Penzler should never read for an audiobook. He's doesn't have the skills to do this. It made me realize how difficult this task is.

Best American Mystery Stories 2002 (uab)

Written by Anonymous on May 5th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I'm afraid I was very bored and finally gave up - the stories definitely seemed geared toward men, so it may just be my female status.

Author Details

Author Details

Ellroy, James

James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His L.A. quartet -- The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential and White Jazz -- were international bestsellers. American Tabloid was Time's Novel of the Year in 1995; his memoir My Dark Places was Time's Best Book and a New York Times Notable book for 1996. His novel The Cold Six Thousand was a New York Times Notable Book and Los Angeles Times Best Book for 2001. He lives on the coast of California.

Penzler, Otto

"Thomas H. Cook is the author of eighteen books, including two works of true crime. His novels have been nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Macavity Award and the Dashiell Hammett Prize. The Chatham School Affair won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel in 1996. His true crime book, Blood Echoes, was nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award in 1992, and his story ?Fatherhood? won the Herodotus Prize in 1998 and was included in Best Mystery Stories of 1998, edited by Otto Penzler and Ed McBain. His works have been translated into fifteen languages.

Otto Penzler is the proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. He was publisher of The Armchair Detective, the founder of the Mysterious Press and the Armchair Detective Library, and created the publishing firm Otto Penzler Books. He is a recipient of an Edgar Award for The Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection and the Ellery Queen Award by the Mystery Writers of America for his many contributions to the field. He is the series editor of The Best American Mystery Stories of the Year. His other anthologies include Murder for Love, Murder for Revenge, Murder and Obsession, The 50 Greatest Mysteries of All Time, and The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century. He wrote 101 Greatest Movies of Mystery & Suspense. He lives in New York City.

John Berendt is the author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil which spent four years on the New York Times Bestseller list. He has been the editor of New York magazine and an Esquire columnist. He lives in New York."