The Best American Mystery Stories 2013

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The Best American Mystery Stories 2013, a volume in The Best American Mystery Stories series, was edited by guest editor Lisa Scottoline with Otto Penzler.[1] The series editor chooses about fifty article candidates, from which the guest editor picks 20 or so for publication; the remaining runner-up articles listed in the appendix.[2]

Mystery Stories included[edit]

Author Story Source
Tom Barlow "Smothered and Covered" Needle
Michael Connelly "A Fine Mist of Blood" Vengeance
O'Neil De Noux "Misprision of Felony" Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Eileen Dreyer "The Sailor in the Picture" Crime Square
David Edgerley Gates "The Devil to Pay" Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
Clark Howard "The Street End at the Cemetery" Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Andre Kocsis "Crossing" The New Orphic Review
Kevin Leahy "Remora, IL" The Briar Cliff Review
Nick Mamatas "Thy Shiny Car in the Night" Long Island Noir
Emily St. John Mandel "Drifter" Venice Noir
Dennis McFadden "The Ring of Kerry" New England Review
Micah Nathan "Quarry" Glimmer Train
Joyce Carol Oates "So Near Any Time Always" Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Nancy Pickard "Light Bulb" Kansas City Noir
Bill Pronzini "Gunpowder Alley" Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Randall Silvis "The Indian" Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Patricia Smith "When They Are Done with Us" Staten Island Noir
Ben Stroud "The Don's Cinnamon" Antioch Review
Hannah Tinti "Bullet Number Two" Tin House
Maurine Dallas Watkins "Bound" Strand Magazine

Distinguished Mystery Stories of 2013 - listed in appendix[edit]

Author Story Source
Jim Allyn "The Deer Woods" Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Jacob M. Appel "Canvassing" SubTropics
Richard Arvendon "We Lived in Paradise" 13 Stories from the West Hartford Fiction
Les Bohen "Poseidiana" Popcorn Fiction
Karen Brown "The Philter" Crazyhorse
Lee Child "The Hollywood to Remember" Vengeance
Jane Cleveland "Last Supper" Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
Jen Conley "Finn's Missing Sister" Needle
Ray Daniel "Driving Miss Rachel" Blood Moon: Best New England Crime Stories
Emily Doak "Hatchlings" Crazyhorse
Emma Donoughue "The Widow's Cruse" One Story
Loren D. Estleman "Big Band" Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
Timothy Friend "Dog Night" Needle
Parnell Hall "Times Square Shuffle" Crime Square
Gabriel Heller "Fugitive" Inkwell Journal
Alice Hoffman "Conjure" Shadow Show
Janice Law "The General" Vengeance
Mike MacLean "Just Like Maria" Thuglit
Alexander Maksik "Snake River Gorge" Tin House
Terrie Farley Moran "Jake Says Hello" Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
B. B. Oak "Death from a Bad Heart" Blood Moon: Best New England Crime Stories
Michael Penncavage "Mistakes" Staten Island Noir
Twist Phelan "The Fourteenth Juror" Vengeance
Kevin Prufer "Cat in a Box" Kansas City Noir
James Shannon "Shame the Devil" Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Hugh Sheehy "Meat and Mouth" Kenyon Review
B. K. Stevens "Thea's First Husband" Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
Laura van den Berg "Opa-Locka" Southern Review
Dan Warthman "Pansy Place" Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
David White "Runaway" Lost Children Protectors


  1. ^ Scottoline, Lisa and Otto Penzler(editors), The Best American Mystery Stories 2013, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
  2. ^ Deseret News, October 5, 2001