The Best American Mystery Stories 2000

The Best American Mystery Stories 2000 by Donald Westlake

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After just three years, THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES series is already a great success, earning raves from such diverse sources as Joyce Carol Oates, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, and ELLERY QUEEN’S MYSTERY MAGAZINE. Little wonder, given the power of the Best American brand, the talent of the series editor, Otto Penzler, and the high profile of the guest editors. Now, with the legendary mystery writer Donald E. Westlake as guest editor, the 2000 edition is sure to boost the series’ popularity even more. From Tfty exceptional stories chosen by Penzler, Westlake has selected the twenty best, including stories by Tom Franklin, Jeffery Deaver, Shel Silverstein, and Dennis Lehane, for a collection that will delight mystery buffs and casual readers alike.

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Donald Edwin Westlake (English Donald E.

Westlake , full name Donald Edwin Westlake). July 12, 1933, Brooklyn (New York) - December 31, 2008, Mexico. American writer and screenwriter, he worked in the genres of detective, science fiction and humorous prose. Has several pseudonyms: - Richard Stark (Richard Stark) - about 30 novels, 2 series: a series of crime novels about the gangster Parker and the actor-thief Grifeld and ironic detectives about the thief John Dortmunder and his gang. - Tucker Coe (Tucker Coe) - 5 "psychological" detective novels about a retired police officer Tobins. - Curt Clark (Curt Clark) - 1 novel and several short stories, science fiction works. - Allan Marshall (Allan Marshall), Edwin West (Edwin West) - "soft porn", about 28 books. - John B.

Allen - biography of Elizabeth Taylor - Samuel Holt (Samuel Holt) - 4 novels, and also - Morgan J.

Cunningham (Morgan J.

Cunningham), Timothy J.

Culver (Timothy J.

Culver), Sheldon Lord (Sheldon Lord). A series of pseudonyms and styles leads, according to Westlake, to the fact that "the subject of the story is capable of confusing any researcher" and does not provide an opportunity to find "your tomb in the gloomy swamp of detective fiction." Born in New York, Brooklyn, to Irish parents, Lillian and Albert Joseph Westlake. Two and a half years later, he had a sister, Virginia. At the age of six, he entered the primary Catholic school in Albany, where the family moved. His father, a merchant by profession, nevertheless wanted to see an architect in his son, but Donald entered Champlain College in Plattsburgh, New York in 1950. Not finishing his studies, he goes to the army, where he served in 1954-56. in parts of the US Air Force in Western Europe. After demobilization, he graduated from Harpur College in Binghampton (now the State University of New York) and received a philology degree. He began to write in 1953, selling his detective, fantastic and mystical stories to magazines. But before moving to New York (his favorite city and setting for most of his works) in 1958 and becoming a professional writer, Westlake played in the theater, worked as a literary agent, and changed several other professions. But after moving in 1959, Donald Westlake wrote 46 stories, 27 of which were published. At first, the young author`s prose was influenced by such a master of the detective genre as Ed McBain, and it is not surprising that two of his stories became the basis for episodes of the television series 87th Precinct, filmed in 1961 based on the famous series Ed McBain. The first novel "Mercenaries" (a kind of humorous / ironic detective story) was published in 1960, and since then has published two novels a year. His most famous cycle, he wrote mainly under the pseudonym Richard Stark - a series of novels about the gangster Parker and the actor-thief Grifeld. Interestingly, this pseudonym was "born" on behalf of Richard Widmark, and later became the basis for the pseudonym of another famous author - Stephen King, who sometimes wrote his novels under the name Richard Bachman. In July 1996, he became an honorary doctorate in literature from the State University of New York at Binghampton. He lived with his third wife Abigail Adams, whom he married in 1979 - also a writer - in Ankram, New York. The house has a huge beautiful garden, which is open for excursions. They have four children (the writer has seven children in total). Fiction can also be attributed to the novels "Strong Curse" (1986) and "Station Transylvania" (1986), written in collaboration with his wife, and representing detective stories with elements of horror, mysticism, but with a fair amount of humor. The novel "Ex Officio" (1970, under the pseudonym Timothy J.

Culver). And in the book "Little People" (1992) we are talking about an angel sent by God to Earth in order to cause Armageddon. And this angel had to assemble a team for himself from the same people who were so tired of the Lord. So in one bundle there were a Brazilian singer, a Chinese revolutionary, a Russian hero and a prostitute of obscure origin. In another novel, Smoke (1995, originally released on audiotapes), a robber who climbed into a scientific laboratory, by chance, becomes invisible and, moreover, becomes a target for both power and mafia structures. In 1989, nine of the best science fiction stories and one short novel, Anarchaos, were collected in Tomorrow`s Crimes (1989), and five years earlier, some fiction stories appeared in his collection, Levine (1984). Three times awarded with the Edgar Poe Prize in various categories: 1968 - for the best novel "God save the Mark" (God save Mark); 1990 - Best short story "Too Many Crooks" (Too many crooks); 1991 - Best Screenplay for The Grifters. In 1993, the Mystery Writers of America awarded him the highest honor in society - the title of Grand Master.  Interview with a writer (English), site about Donald Westlake (Russian), Donald Westlake (English), IMDb .  Bibliography Series Dortmunder - Dortmunder (under the pseudonym Richard Stark) Novels 1970 - 1.

The Hot Rock - Cursed emerald (Hot stone, Stolen stone) 1972 - 2.

Bank Shot - The Bank That Gurgled 1974 - 3.

Jimmy the Kid - Baby Jimmy 1977 - 4.

Nobody Perfect - We Are All Human 1983 - 5.

Why Me? - Why me? 1987 - 6.

Good Behavior 1990 - 7.

Drowned Hopes - Drowned Hopes 1993 - 8.

Don`t Ask 1996 - 9.

What`s the Worst That Could Happen? 2001 - 10.

Bad News 2004 - 11.

The Road to Ruin 2004 - 12.

Thieves & # 039; Dozen 2005 - 13.

Watch Your Back! 2007 - 14.

What`s So Funny? 2009 - 15.

Get Real Stories 1981 - Ask a Silly Question 1986 - Horse Laugh 1989 - Too Many Crooks 1990 - The Dortmunder Workout, or Criminal Exercise 1990 - A Midsummer Daydream 1992 - Party Animal 1993 - Give Till it Hurts - Until You Get Bored 1994 - Jumble Sale 1999 - Now What? 2000 - Art & amp; Craft 2001 - Spectacles 2005 - Walking Around Money

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Donald Edwin Westlake (English Donald E. Westlake , full name Donald Edwin Westlake). July 12, 1933, Brooklyn (New York) - December 31, 2008, Mexico. American writer and screenwriter, he worked in the genres of detective, science fiction and humorous prose. Has several pseudonyms: - Richard Stark (Richard Stark) - about 30 novels, 2 series: a series of crime novels about the gangster Parker and the actor-thief Grifeld and ironic detectives about the thief John Dortmunder and his gang. - Tucker Coe (Tucker Coe) - 5 "psychological" detective novels about a retired police officer Tobins. - Curt Clark (Curt Clark) - 1 novel and several short stories, science fiction works. - Allan Marshall (Allan Marshall), Edwin West (Edwin West) - "soft porn", about 28 books. - John B. Allen - biography of Elizabeth Taylor - Samuel Holt (Samuel Holt) - 4 novels, and also - Morgan J. Cunningham (Morgan J. Cunningham), Timothy J. Culver (Timothy J. Culver), Sheldon Lord (Sheldon Lord). A series of pseudonyms and styles leads, according to Westlake, to the fact that "the subject of the story is capable of confusing any researcher" and does not provide an opportunity to find "your tomb in the gloomy swamp of detective fiction." Born in New York, Brooklyn, to Irish parents, Lillian and Albert Joseph Westlake. Two and a half years later, he had a sister, Virginia. At the age of six, he entered the primary Catholic school in Albany, where the family moved. His father, a merchant by profession, nevertheless wanted to see an architect in his son, but Donald entered Champlain College in Plattsburgh, New York in 1950. Not finishing his studies, he goes to the army, where he served in 1954-56. in parts of the US Air Force in Western Europe. After demobilization, he graduated from Harpur College in Binghampton (now the State University of New York) and received a philology degree. He began to write in 1953, selling his detective, fantastic and mystical stories to magazines. But before moving to New York (his favorite city and setting for most of his works) in 1958 and becoming a professional writer, Westlake played in the theater, worked as a literary agent, and changed several other professions. But after moving in 1959, Donald Westlake wrote 46 stories, 27 of which were published. At first, the young author`s prose was influenced by such a master of the detective genre as Ed McBain, and it is not surprising that two of his stories became the basis for episodes of the television series 87th Precinct, filmed in 1961 based on the famous series Ed McBain. The first novel "Mercenaries" (a kind of humorous / ironic detective story) was published in 1960, and since then has published two novels a year. His most famous cycle, he wrote mainly under the pseudonym Richard Stark - a series of novels about the gangster Parker and the actor-thief Grifeld. Interestingly, this pseudonym was "born" on behalf of Richard Widmark, and later became the basis for the pseudonym of another famous author - Stephen King, who sometimes wrote his novels under the name Richard Bachman. In July 1996, he became an honorary doctorate in literature from the State University of New York at Binghampton. He lived with his third wife Abigail Adams, whom he married in 1979 - also a writer - in Ankram, New York. The house has a huge beautiful garden, which is open for excursions. They have four children (the writer has seven children in total). Fiction can also be attributed to the novels "Strong Curse" (1986) and "Station Transylvania" (1986), written in collaboration with his wife, and representing detective stories with elements of horror, mysticism, but with a fair amount of humor. The novel "Ex Officio" (1970, under the pseudonym Timothy J. Culver). And in the book "Little People" (1992) we are talking about an angel sent by God to Earth in order to cause Armageddon. And this angel had to assemble a team for himself from the same people who were so tired of the Lord. So in one bundle there were a Brazilian singer, a Chinese revolutionary, a Russian hero and a prostitute of obscure origin. In another novel, Smoke (1995, originally released on audiotapes), a robber who climbed into a scientific laboratory, by chance, becomes invisible and, moreover, becomes a target for both power and mafia structures. In 1989, nine of the best science fiction stories and one short novel, Anarchaos, were collected in Tomorrow`s Crimes (1989), and five years earlier, some fiction stories appeared in his collection, Levine (1984). Three times awarded with the Edgar Poe Prize in various categories: 1968 - for the best novel "God save the Mark" (God save Mark); 1990 - Best short story "Too Many Crooks" (Too many crooks); 1991 - Best Screenplay for The Grifters. In 1993, the Mystery Writers of America awarded him the highest honor in society - the title of Grand Master.  Interview with a writer (English), site about Donald Westlake (Russian), Donald Westlake (English), IMDb .  Bibliography Series Dortmunder - Dortmunder (under the pseudonym Richard Stark) Novels 1970 - 1. The Hot Rock - Cursed emerald (Hot stone, Stolen stone) 1972 - 2. Bank Shot - The Bank That Gurgled 1974 - 3. Jimmy the Kid - Baby Jimmy 1977 - 4. Nobody Perfect - We Are All Human 1983 - 5. Why Me? - Why me? 1987 - 6. Good Behavior 1990 - 7. Drowned Hopes - Drowned Hopes 1993 - 8. Don`t Ask 1996 - 9. What`s the Worst That Could Happen? 2001 - 10. Bad News 2004 - 11. The Road to Ruin 2004 - 12. Thieves & # 039; Dozen 2005 - 13. Watch Your Back! 2007 - 14. What`s So Funny? 2009 - 15. Get Real Stories 1981 - Ask a Silly Question 1986 - Horse Laugh 1989 - Too Many Crooks 1990 - The Dortmunder Workout, or Criminal Exercise 1990 - A Midsummer Daydream 1992 - Party Animal 1993 - Give Till it Hurts - Until You Get Bored 1994 - Jumble Sale 1999 - Now What? 2000 - Art & amp; Craft 2001 - Spectacles 2005 - Walking Around Money