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Best American Mystery Stories 2010 Excerpt

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http://www.hmhbooks.com/hmh/site/bas/bestamerican/mystery 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).
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  The Best AmericanMystery Stories ™ 2010 Edited and with an Introductionby  Lee Child Otto Penzler, Series Editor  a mariner srcinalhoughton mifflin harcourt boston ã new york 2010  Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mi in Harcourt Publishing Company Introduction copyright © 2010 by Lee Child All rights reserved.The Best American Series® is a registered trademark o Houghton Mi in Harcourt Publishing Company. The Best American Mystery Stories  ™ is a trademark o Hough tonMi in Harcourt Publishing Company.No part o this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any orm or by any means,electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, or by any inor-mation storage or retrieval system without the proper written permission o thecopyright owner unless such copying is expressly permitted by ederal copyright law. With the exception o nonproft transcription in Braille, Houghton Mi in Harcourt is not authorized to grant permission or urther uses o copyrighted se-lections reprinted in this book without the permission o their owners. Permissionmust be obtained rom the individual copyright owners as identifed herein. Ad-dress requests or permission to make copies o Houghton Mi in Harcourt mate-rial to Permissions, Houghton Mi in Harcourt Publishing Company, 215 Park Av-enue South, New York 10003. www.hmhbooks.com issn 1094-8384 isbn 978-0-547-23746-6 Printed in the United States o America doc 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1These stories are works o fction. Names, characters, places, and incidents areproducts o the authors’ imagination or are used fctitiously. Any resemblance toactual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.“Charlie and the Pirates” by Gary Alexander. First published in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, January/February 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Gary Alexander.Reprinted by permission o Gary Alexander.“The Emerald Coast” by R. A. Allen. First published in The Literary Review, Sum-mer 2009. Copyright © 2009 by R. A. Allen. Reprinted by permission o the au-thor.“An Early Christmas” by Doug Allyn. First published in  Ellery Queen’s Mystery Mag- azine, January 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Doug Allyn. Reprinted by permission o Doug Allyn.“Maynard” by Mary Stewart Atwell. First published in Alaska Quarterly Review,  Fall/Winter 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Mary Stewart Atwell. Reprinted by permis-sion o the author.“Dredge” by Matt Bell. First published in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Fall/Winter2009–2010. Copyright © 2009 by Matt Bell. Reprinted by permission o Matt Bell.“A Jury o His Peers” by Jay Brandon. First published in Murder Past, Murder Pres- ent, September 15, 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Jay Brandon. Reprinted by permis-sion o the author.  “Designer Justice” by Phyllis Cohen. First published in The Prosecution Rests, April14, 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Herbert Cohen. Reprinted by permission o Her-bert Cohen.“The Cross-Eyed Bear” by John Duresne. First published in Boston Noir, Novem-ber 1, 2009. Copyright © 2009 by John Duresne. Reprinted by permission o JohnDuresne.“The Case o Colonel Warburton’s Madness” by Lyndsay Faye. First published in Sherlock Holmes in America, November 1, 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Lyndsay Faye.Reprinted by permission o Lyndsay Faye.“The First Rule Is” by Gar Anthony Haywood. First published in Black Noir, March3, 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Gar Anthony Haywood. Reprinted by permission o Gar Anthony Haywood.“Killing Time” by Jon Land. First published in Thriller 2, May 26, 2009. Copy-right © 2009 by Jon Land. Reprinted by permission o International Thriller Writ-ers and Mira.“Animal Rescue” by Dennis Lehane. First published in Boston Noir, November 1,2009. Copyright © 2009 by Dennis Lehane. Reprinted by permission o Ann Rit-tenberg Literary Agency, Inc.“Tell Me” by Lynda Leidiger. First published in Gettysburg Review, Summer 2009.Copyright © 2009 by Lynda Leidiger. Reprinted by permission o Lynda Leidiger.“The House on Pine Terrace” by Phillip Margolin. First published in Thriller 2,  May 26, 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Phillip Margolin. Reprinted by permission o Phillip Margolin.“Bias” by Chris Muessig. First published in  Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, July 1,2009. Copyright © 2009 by Chris Muessig. Reprinted by permission o the author.“Bismarck Rules” by Albert Tucher. First published in Oregon Literary Review,  Summer/Fall 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Albert Tucher. Reprinted by permissiono Albert Tucher.“Ed Luby’s Key Club” rom Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction  by Kurt Von-negut, copyright © 2009 by The Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Trust. Used by permission o Delacorte Press, an imprint o The Random House Publishing Group, a division o Random House, Inc.“Custom Sets” by Joseph Wallace. First published in The Prosecution Rests, April14, 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Joseph Wallace. Reprinted by permission o Joseph Wallace.“The Shipbreaker” by Mike Wiecek. First published in  Ellery Queen’s Mystery Mag- azine, March/April 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Mike Wiecek. Reprinted by permis-sion o Michael Wiecek.“Blood and Dirt” by Ryan Zimmerman. First published in Thuglit, issue 34, No- vember/December 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Ryan Zimmerman. Reprinted by permission o Ryan Zimmerman.
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