Book Reviews of The Best American Crime Writing: 2004 Edition : The Year's Best True Crime Reporting (Vintage)

The Best American Crime Writing: 2004 Edition : The Year's Best True Crime Reporting (Vintage)
The Best American Crime Writing 2004 Edition The Year's Best True Crime Reporting - Vintage
Author: Otto Penzler, Thomas H. Cook
ISBN-13: 9780375713026
ISBN-10: 0375713026
Publication Date: 8/10/2004
Pages: 544
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 9 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
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Excellent range of true crime stories not usually found in most books. There's the murder of 2 cheerleaders by a neighbor; a very competent DEA agent in Mexico who gets the shaft by our government; a story of cops turning to crime in Los Angeles; a wide-range look at the 9/11 attack; the very interesting experience of a jurist; and several more true stories.
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Non-fiction. A collection of articles originally published in periodicals such as GQ, New Yorker, and Spin
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This was very enjoyable - a fascinating and diverse collection of essays .
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Fascinating true-crime reportage from some great writers... Wambaugh, Krakauer, Bali, Turow. A must-read if you are a true-crime fan. Chilling and heart-breaking, all at once. I've re-read several times, at it was always enthralling.
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Nice collection of 20 true crime stories. Well known authors, each with their own style of writing. Naturally I enjoyed some stories better than others but over all a very good book.
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This book has its moments to be sure, but yet it does not come across as a full fledged crime book. Some of the authors are strictly reporting crime but quite a few get into thematics that frankly, for the avid crime book reader, have no impact on the subject matter. I guess that what I am trying to convey is that the title is possibly misleading in that it is not stories of crime one after the other. And that, in a nutshell, is the only reason why I wanted to read it. The academic aspects of law, politics and regional conflicts are to my humble opinion (but opinionated, never the less) subject matters that clearly belong under a different title. I found myself reading less and less, skipping some of the essays? for this was not what I had bargained for. Under one banner what the reader basically gets is a lukewarm collection of stories but not necessarily reflecting on the subject it so boldly advertises. 3 Stars for here and there some good crime stories were revealed.