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Steph Cha, a rising star who brings a fresh perspective as series editor, takes the helm of the new The Best American Mystery and Suspense, with best-selling crime novelist Alafair Burke joining her as the first guest editor.

“Crime writers, forgive the pun, are killing it right now creatively,” writes guest editor Alafair Burke in her introduction. “It was difficult - painful even - to narrow this year’s Best American Mystery and Suspense to only 20 stories.” Spanning from a mediocre spa in Florida, to New York’s gritty East Village, to death row in Alabama, this collection reveals boundless suspense in small, quiet moments, offering startling twists in the least likely of places. From a powerful response to hateful bullying, to a fight for health care, to a gripping desperation to vote, these stories are equal parts shocking, devastating, and enthralling, revealing the tension pulsing through our everyday lives and affirming that mystery and suspense writing is better than ever before.

The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2021 includes: 

Jenny Bhatt • Gar Anthony Haywood • Gabino Iglesias • Aya de Léon • Laura Lippman • Delia C. Pitts • Alex Segura • Faye Snowden • Lina Under, and others

Performed by Jennifer Sun Bell, Catherine Ho, Erin Bennett, Betsy Foldes-Meiman, Maxwell Hamilton, Dan Woren, Priya Ayyar, Kevin R. Free, Soneela Nankani, Natalie Del Reigo, Michael Crouch, Machelle Williams, Gustavo Rex, Jonathan Davis, Graham Halstead, Bahni Turpin, Khristine Hvam, Ryan Vincent Anderson, Robert Fass, Ramon De Ocampo

©2021 by HarperCollins Publishers LLC (P)2021 by HarperCollins Publishers

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Openly biased

Some weak stories. Rather than a guarantee of a diverse field of authors how about picking the best stories no matter who wrote them. Who cares about the sex or color or any other label someone might place on an author. You advertise the best stories so give them to us.

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Waste of time

NO mystery, NO suspense. I could only stomach the first six, and if they were the editors idea of good stories, I couldn’t believe what was coming would be any better.

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Sadly I was not disappointed

with what is happening in society and in literature specifically I was afraid this was going to be an anthology of mostly woke propaganda and unfortunately I was very right

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