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by Otto Penzler,Thomas H. Cook

eBook The Best American Crime Writing: 2004 Edition: The Year's Best True Crime Reporting download ISBN: 0375713026
Author: Otto Penzler,Thomas H. Cook
Publisher: Vintage (August 10, 2004)
Language: English
Pages: 544
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From periodicals as diverse as Playboy to Texas Monthly, representative pieces range in topic from local crimes to International conspiracies.

the pages of this book is the best American Crime Writing of the year.

book by Otto Penzler. As the title says, enclosed in the pages of this book is the best American Crime Writing of the year. The stories cover a wide range of criminals, their crimes and the individuals victimized.

Contents thomas h. cook and otto penzler preface john berendt introduction . cook and otto penzler preface john berendt introduction peter richmond big shot GQ skip hollandsworth the day treva throneberry disappeared. And so, more than anything, the distinguished writers of this year’s collection of Best American Crime Writing continue to demonstrate the dual nature of human potential, the good and the evil men and women can do.

Series: The Best American Crime Reporting (2004)

Series: The Best American Crime Reporting (2004).

Best American Crime Writing: 2004. From Publishers Weekly. The Best American Crime Reporting 2009.

True crime is a loaded genre: The best authors do not sensationalize violence and human suffering, but they . Skip Fatal Vision, the true crime book written by a journalist who was embedded with a man who was ultimately convicted for killing his pregnant wife and their two other children.

True crime is a loaded genre: The best authors do not sensationalize violence and human suffering, but they provide context and depth to the crimes they study. In these excellent books we see how all lives-from the perpetrators and the investigators, to the victims and their families-are profoundly changed by the destruction detailed within. Instead, get more meta and read ace cultural critic Janet Malcolm’s study of the relationship between the two men in The Journalist and the Murderer.

Crime writers are thankful that Otto Penzler and Thomas H. Cook have found a new home for The Best American Crime Writing 2005. This anthology, previously published by the Vintage label of Random House, has just jumped ship to the Harper Perennial label of Harper Collins. I'm not sure if this is due to the change in publishers, or if this is just the expected outcome when the page count has been significantly reduced.

Author: Otto Penzler Thomas H. Cook. The Best American Crime Writing 2006 (Best American Crime Reporting). Best American Crime Writing 2003.

A year’s worth of the most powerful, the most startling, the smartest and most astute…“Ciudad de la Muerte” by Cecilia Balli, from Texas Monthly “Code of Dishonor” by Clara Bingham, from Vanity Fair“Lord of the Drug Ring” by Charles Bowden, from GQ“The Dark Art of Interrogation” by Mark Bowden, from The Atlantic Monthly“Possessed” by Luke Dittrich, from Atlanta magazine “Night of the Bullies” by Robert Draper, from GQ “Stephanie” by James Ellroy, from GQ “Who Is the Boy in the Box?” by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, from Philadelphia magazine “Who Shot Mohammed al-Dura?” by James Fallows, from The Atlantic Monthly “The Professor and the Porn” by Elisabeth Franck, from New York magazine “The Old Man and the Gun” by David Grann, from The New Yorker “CSC: Crime Scene Cleanup” by Pat Jordan, from Playboy “A Miscarriage of Justice” by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., from The Atlantic Monthly “Watching the Detectives” by Jay Kirk, from Harper’s Magazine “For the Love of God” by Jon Krakauer, from GQ “Chief Bratton Takes on LA” by Heather Mac Donald, from City Journal “Not Guilty by Reason of Afghanistan” by John H. Richardson, from Esquire “Megan’s Law and Me” by Brendan Riley, from Details “Unfortunate Con” by Mark Schone, from The Oxford American “To Kill or Not to Kill” by Scott Turow, from The New Yorker
Comments: (7)
Elastic Skunk
I have read every single "Best American Crime Writing" book published by Otto Penzler and associates. I am not going to comment on every annual publication. I have read them all and always look forward to the next year's release.
The short story content is great in my opinion. Granted, a very few of the short stories were not much to my liking, but none so bad that I would trash any one of these books. One mediocre short story does not diminish the excellence of the overall content.
I love these short stories because given my work and life schedule, I can so easily pick-up, leave off and pick up again without needing to re-read the last 10 or so pages to refresh my memory from where I last left off. My only wish is this was a monthly publication versus an annual!
The stories are true and well written
The 2004 edition of Best American Crime Reporting was the 3rd book that I'd read in this series. I thought that this edition was particularly strong; a number of stories that I did not anticipate enjoying turned out to be excellent.

I thought that the highlight of the 2004 edition were -

- Unfortunate Con (from the Oxford American) is about a con artist who always wanted to be a writer. In 1999, he claimed that he had convincing proof that George W. Bush had been convicted of cocaine possession. The con artist then ended up dead. This story is not about Bush or politics; instead, it focuses on the enigmatic would-be writer.

- Code of Dishonor (from Vanity Fair) concerns the rape scandal at the United States Air Force Academy. I have low expectations for our government, but the actions of the Air Force officials in this case were reprehensible. This story moved me more than any of the other pieces in the book.

- Chief Bratton Takes on LA (from City Journal) is a politically-incorrect view of the Los Angeles Police Department. The author takes the view that the LAPD was unfairly hobbled by the U.S. Justice Department after the Rodney King beating.

- Night of the Bullies (from GQ) is about the long-term effects of an assault at the University of Texas in 1978. The victim, a young UT student, was beaten by three UT fraternity pledges. The fraternity men have moved on with their lives; the other man was not so lucky.

- Possessed (from Atlanta magazine) was the "sleeper" in this book. It is about an eccentric, but intelligent man who lives in the woods near Atlanta. The man became convinced that a murder took place that the police refused to acknowledge. Readers who want "something different" will enjoy this piece.

There are two very long articles in this volume. One is Robert F. Kennedy, Junior's argument that his cousin, Michael Skakel, should not have been convicted of murder. The second is a long piece by Mark Bowden on the use of torture to prevent terrorism. Both of these are interesting pieces, but both take a lot of time to read.

As with other volumes in this series, there are a fair number of pieces that are mediocre or that just fell flat for me. With this series, the reader has to accept the good with the mediocre.

True crime fans will not want to miss this edition of Best American Crime Reporting. It is difficult to find so many interesting true crime stories in one volume.
As fan of non-fiction with a leaning towards true life mysteries; I was thrilled to find the 2004 edition of Best American Crime Writing on my library shelves- I ate the whole book up in a few days. I was thrilled to learn that there were additional years of "Best' books, right now I am finishing the 2002 compilation ... I decided to dash off a review before I had forgotten.What is so much fun is that the articles themselves are twenty or thirty pages so it's easy to finish one or two in a sitting. Great book for commuters and travelers.As well, if there are any stories that center on a topic that one doesn't find interesting, it's a cinch to simply skip on to the next story.Other reviewers have noted what I will repeat, the writing is first rate, not sensationalised or prurient, and the topics cover such diverse subjects as Insurance fraud in the high stakes world of Horse racing, a Capra-esque town beset with a series of tradgedies,a wacked out super charming serial killer con-man, as well as an investigation into the Crash of Egyp Air 990.I found particularly insightful , Doug Most's Judgement Day which introduces the reader into the point of view of a contrite convict serving time for murder in Massachusetts, and his experiences with the parole board-I have never read anything quite like it.

Kudos to the editors, they've done a wonderful job pulling together the best of True crime from the magazine world, this should give exposure and acclaim to a much aligned genre and its authors...
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. Nothing sadder than skipping pages for lack of interest?