When writer Steve Cha decided to take over an anthology of America’s best mystery stories at the end of 2020, it was a much-needed change. Published in 1997 by Otto Penzler, owner of New York’s famous Mystery Books store and longtime publisher of The Mysterious Press, the series was obsolete.
While modern crime science has become the home of the brightest and most diverse voices in the literature, the best of them reflect society and force the reader to ask difficult questions, Cha’s “Pay as Your House Will” – America’s best mystery stories often seemed like a picture of the past. Mostly white, mostly men, mostly Raymond Chandler-lite, Cha talks about it in his introduction. “You can,” Cha writes, “because he has ‘thoughts, worldview, and heartbeat.’
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To Chan’s great reputation, along with her guest editor, writer Alafair Burke, this year’s edition was renamed “America’s Best Secret and Stop” (Mariner Books, 300 pp., ★★★ ½ quarter) – not only with many women and colorful writers, but also with household couples like Alex Segura, Lisa Unger, and Laura Lippman (her husband’s “Slow Burning” story, a wonderful tale of revenge through text messaging) . Draw a clear picture of the genre in 2021.
Gabino Iglesias can even address what they consider taboo these days: writing about the pandemic. In “All Will Be Well,” it’s the first weeks of the blockade, and Pablo’s wife, Joanna, doesn’t seem long for this life: she can’t breathe, almost can’t move, has no vaccines, nothing but ventilators, and Pablo has no money to hospitalize her. ‘q. What to do? Work on a fishing boat occurs, fast money, mostly legal. In a fishing boat, a green man named Steve can’t stop kidnapping his father, his 40-year-old father. Steve may not be long for that either. “For the hundredth time in Pablo’s life,” Iglesias writes, “youth and stupidity are synonymous.”
The middle-aged aren’t that smart either, with Nikki Dolson in “Neighbors,” an attractive, childless couple moving into a Las Vegas subdivision and making new friends with wine, biscuits, and high-paying ones. says that he began to attract ziga. non-investment and eventually extramarital sex will disappear with the land’s money for a day. Well, it doesn’t stand out … does it?
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If this is a recurring theme in 20 fairy tales, then the protagonists aren’t so bold, and well, the little townspeople’s Alison Gailin’s “Where?” I belong, “as he travels temporarily on FDR traffic in New York to find out he’s popular with a highly viral video on the internet … and then their plans start to change. in his work is set to prepare the final meal of the convict to death. Both are hilarious dark tales, the twists and turns of which you can see, but you still enjoy.
But this bizarre, hysterical, and vividly brilliant repetition of Christopher Bollen’s “SWAJ,” Peter Benchley’s classic novel “Jaws,” is the clearest sign of the emergence of a new sheriff in this city. According to Michael, the 18-year-old, gay, sandwich kid, intersects with all the main characters in the novel — he has had a relationship with shark hunter Hooper, especially in the afternoon — since that summer. . the great white shark began to eat the good people of Amity. Like the rest of the collection, it’s risky, masterful, and very fun. “How hard can a shark hit a cage?” Michael asks at the end of the story, and this could be the code for the whole book, as we already know: very difficult and repetitive.