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Best-selling novelist Lee Child edits this latest collection of the genre's finest from the past year. Featuring "gritty tales told with panache," this is a "must-read for anybody who cares about crime stories" (Booklist).

Foreword

Introduction by Lee Child

Charlie and the Pirates by Gary Shteyngart
The Emerald Coast by R.A. Allen
An Early Christmas by Doug Allyn
Maynard by Mary Stewart Atwell
Dredge by Matt Bell
A Jury of his Peers by Jay Brandon
Designer Justice by Phyllis Cohen
The Cross-Eyed Bear by John Dufresne
The Case of Colonel Warburton's Madness by Lyndsay Faye
The First Rule Is by Gar Anthony Haywood
Killing Time by Jon Land
Animal Rescue by Dennis Lehane
Tell Me by Lynda Leidiger
The House on Pine Terrace by Philip Margolin
Bias by Chris Muessig
Bismarck Rules by Albert Tucher
Ed Luby's Key Club by Kurt Vonnegut
Custom Sets by Joseph Wallace
The Shipbreaker by Mike Wiecek
Blood and Dirt by Ryan Zimmerman

Contributors' Notes

Other Distinguished Stories of 2009

Other distinguished submissions on this topic, selected by the series editor Otto Penzler.

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Albert E. Cowdrey The Private Eye, from Fantasy & Science Fiction, August/September.
Art Taylor A Voice From The Past, from Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, August.
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Beth Mayer The Way To Mercy, from The Sun, July.
Brian Haycock Alaska, from Amarillo Bay.
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Christopher Bundy For The Love Of Mary Hooks, from Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, May.
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Dana Cameron Femme Sole, from Boston Noir, Ed. By Dennis Lehane (Akashic).
Dave Zeltserman Julius Katz, from Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, September/October.
David Black Paris, from Notre Dame Review, Summer/Fall.
Don Winslow Wipeout On Van Buren, from Phoenix Noir, Patrick Milliken, Ed. (Akashic).
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Elizabeth McCracken The Lost And Found Department Of Greater Boston, from Zoetrope All-story, Winter.
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George C. Chesbro Home Inversion, from Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, June.
Gregg Hurwitz Back And Forth, from Uncage Me, Ed. Jen Jordan (Bleak House).
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James Lincoln Warren Shanghaied, from Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, January/February.
Janet E. Irvin After The Dreamtime, from Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, January/February.
John M. Floyd The Powder Room, from Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, July/August.
Jonathan Selwood The Wrong House, from Seattle Noir, Curt Colbert, Ed. (Akashic).
Judy Doenges Melinda, from The Kenyon Review, Fall.
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Lou Manfredo Central Islin, U.S.A., from Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, August.
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Marlin Barton Into Silence, from The Sewanee Review, Summer.
Mattox Roesch The Maluksuk, from The Sun, September.
Morley Swingle Hard Blows, from The Prosecution Rests, Linda Fairstein, Ed. (Little, Brown).
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Neil Connelly Henry Wants To Know Your Name, from Grist, #2.
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R.T. Smith Maggard, from Grist, #2.
Robert Coover In Search Of The Body, from Conjunctions, #53.
Robert Ferrigno Can You Help Me Out Here?, from Thriller 2, Clive Cussler, Ed. (Mira).
Ron Hansen She Loves Me Not, from Tin House, Vol. 10, #2.
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Scott Wolven Jockamo, from Thuglit, November/December.
Shane Nelson That One Small Thing, from Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, February.
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Taylor Brown Cajun Reeboks, from Thuglit, November/December.
Tim Maleeny Prisoner Of Love, from Uncage Me, Jen Jordan, Ed. (Bleak House).
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Wallace Stroby Heart, from Inside Jersey, August.
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Z. Kelley Anything Helps, from Two Of The Deadliest, Elizabeth George, Ed. (Harper).