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Penzler, Otto (Series Editor); Block, Lawrence (Editor); Parker, T. Jefferson & Other Contributors. THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2001. New York City, NY: Houghton Mifflin, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 350 pages. As New/As New.

The fifth volume in the ongoing series. Each annual volume is self-contained and stands on its own. Yet it also benefits from being part of the now-celebrated and avidly collected Series. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Most first-edition print runs were in paperback. "Did you hear the story about the guy who shows up at his brother's house, after a long absence, with a van full of wedding dresses? It's called 'Family' by Dan Leone, and is one of the 20 unusually excellent tales of crime and mystery collected by Lawrence Block for this annual celebration of the form. Block's dictum for the genre is very simple: A crime or the threat of a crime is the central element. Block notes that two-thirds of his selections were by writers whose names were new to him" (The Washington Post). That means Lawrence Block took his responsibility as editor (as opposed to bestselling writer) seriously, and did an outstanding job. Among the Series thus far, this volume has the most number of largely unknown and immensely talented new names. An impressive, much-needed collection. A "must-have" title for mystery and thriller genre collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed on the title page (in black fountain pen) by Otto Penzler and (in blue fountain pen) by Lawrence Block. It is also very prominently and beautifully signed on his contribution by T. Jefferson Parker. This Hardcover Edition sold out shortly after publication and is now collectible. This is the only such signed copy available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare, one-of-a-kind signed copy thus. 20 of the finest American writers of the "mystery". A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LAWRENCE BLOCK AND T. JEFFERSON PARKER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0618124926. $150.00

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