The Best American Mystery Stories 1998 Author:Sue Grafton (Editor), Otto Penzler (Editor) This year's guest editor, Sue Grafton, has put together a wonderfully diverse collection of stories to surprise and satisfy all fans of the genre. In this volume, best-selling writers such as Mary Higgins Clark, Walter Mosley, Lawrence Block, Jay McInerney, and Donald E. Westlake stand alongside an impressive array of new talent. — As Grafton... more » writes in her introduction, "Nowhere is iniquity, wrongdoing, and reparation more satisfying to behold than in the well-crafted yarns spun by the writers represented here."
Child Support by David Ballard
Swear Not by the Moon by Scott Bartels
Keller on the Spot by Lawrence Block
The Man Next Door by Mary Higgins Clark
This is a Note from Your Past by Merrill Joan Gerber
The Old Spies Club by Edward D. Hoch
Beyond Dog by Pat Jordan
Find Miriam by Stuart Kaminsky
Secrets by Janice Law
The Adventure of the Giant Rat of Sumatra by John T. Lescroart
I hope these aren't the "Best" mysteries of 1998. There were at least four which greatly disappointed me for one reason or another.
If you read these, don't let the first two make you think the others are all like them. And there was at least two other stories I think the author didn't read for plot errors or have anyone else do that either. I had to re-scan one to see if there was something I missed in the plot. I believe that story was written in a hurry and no one else read it before it was published.
Others were enjoyable. but don't pay full price for for the book.