Joyce Carol Oates, a recipient of the National Book Award , is one of the most highly respected novelists, critic, playwright, poet and author of short stories. Her most recent novels include Break Heart Bluesâ€™ and Man Crazy. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Princeton University. Her highly acclaimed last novel Blonde, published in 2000, was shortlisted for the National Book Award.
Otto Penzler is the proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. He was the publisher of The Armchair Detective, the Edgar-winning quarterly journal devoted to the study of mystery and suspense fiction, for seventeen years. In 1977, he won an Edgar Award for The Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection. The Mystery Writers of America gave him the prestigious Ellery Queen Award at the 1994 Edgars for his exceptional contributions to the publishing field. He was also honored with a Raven in 2003.
20 short stories from the cream of American mystery writers including Scott Turow and Dennis Lehane. Each story tends to explore a single idea, thought or situation. Rather like a literary liquorice all sorts pack, some may not be to your taste , but don’t worry there are plenty more to enjoy, all a little different, very distinctive and thought provoking. Go on – dive in!