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The Best of Mystery: 63 Short Stories Chosen by the Master of Suspense


  1. Winter Run by Edward D. Hoch
  2. You Can't Blame Me by Henry Slesar
  3. A Flower in Her Hair by Pauline C. Smith — from AHMM 13(7)
  4. The Cost Of Kent Castwell by Avram Davidson
  5. Pseduo Identity by Lawrence Block
  6. That Russian! by Jack Ritchie
  7. Galton and the Yelling Boys by Hillary Waugh — from AHMM 15(3)
  8. Blind Date by Charles Boeckman
  9. Pressure by Roderick Wilkinson — from AHMM 13(1)
  10. The Running Man by Bill Pronzini — from AHMM 13(1)
  11. The Vietnam Circle by F.J. Kelly
  12. Sadie When She Died by Ed McBain
  13. A Very Cautious Boy by Gilbert Ralston
  14. A Try for the Big Prize by Borden Deal
  15. Voice in the Night by Robert Colby — from AHMM 14(4)
  16. Undertaker, Please Drive Slow by Ron Goulart
  17. Never Shake a Family Tree by Donald E. Westlake
  18. Here Lies Another Blackmailer by Bill Pronzini
  19. Dead Duck by Lawrence Treat
  20. Games for Adults by John Lutz
  21. Night of the Twisters by James Michael Ullman
  22. Variations on a Game by Patricia Highsmith
  23. Child's Play by William Link and Richard Levinson
  24. Just a Little Impractical Joke by Richard Stark
  25. Murderer #2 by Jean Potts — from AHMM 6(1)
  26. The Third Call by Jack Ritchie
  27. Damon and Pythias and Delilah Brown by Rufus King
  28. Glory Hunter by Richard M. Ellis — from AHMM 15(8)
  29. Linda is Gone by Pauline C. Smith
  30. Frightened Lady by C.B. Gilford
  31. Come Back, Come Back ... by Donald E. Westlake — from AHMM 5(10)
  32. Once Upon a Bank Floor by James Holding
  33. Warrior's Farewell by Edward D. Hoch — from AHMM 12(8)
  34. Death By Misadventure by Wenzell Brown
  35. With a Smile for the Ending by Lawrence Block
  36. Television Country by Charlotte Edwards — from AHMM 7(12)
  37. Art for Money's Sake by Dan J. Marlowe
  38. Nothing But Human Nature by Hillary Waugh
  39. Murder, 1990 by C.B. Gilford — from AHMM 5(10)
  40. Panther, Panther in the Night by Paul W. Fairman
  41. Perfectly Timed Plot by E.X. Ferrars
  42. #8 by Jack Ritchie
  43. All the Needless Killing by Bryce Walton
  44. A Melee of Diamonds by Edward D. Hoch
  45. One for the Crow by Mary Barrett
  46. Happiness Before Death by Henry Slesar
  47. I Don't Understand It by Bill Pronzini — from AHMM 17(12)
  48. News from Nowhere by Ron Goulart
  49. A Case of Desperation by Kate Wilhelm
  50. An Interlude for Murder by Paul Tabori
  51. Death Overdue by Eleanor Daly Boylan
  52. The Best-Friend Murder by Donald E. Westlake
  53. Pattern Of Guilt by Helen Nielsen
  54. A Real, Live Murderer by Donald Honig
  55. Doctor Apollo by Bryce Walton
  56. The Pursuer by Holly Roth
  57. Final Arrangements by Lawrence Page
  58. Countdown by David Ely — from AHMM 7(2)
  59. Murder Between Friends by Nedra Tyre
  60. Case of the Kind Waitress by Henry Slesar
  61. Ghost of a Chance by Carroll Mayers
  62. The Montevideo Squeeze by James Holding
  63. The White Moth by Margaret Chenoweth