Thieves, liars, killers, and conspirators—it's a criminal world out there, and someone has got to write about it. An eclectic collection of the year's best reportage, The Best American Crime Reporting 2008 brings together the murderers and the masterminds, the mysteries and missteps that make for brilliant stories, told by the aces of the true-crime genre. This latest addition to the highly acclaimed series features guest editor Jonathan Kellerman, bestselling author of more than twenty crime novels, most recently Compulsion and the forthcoming Bones.
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About the Author
Jonathan Kellerman received his Ph.D. in psychology at the age of twenty-four. In 1985, his first novel, When the Bough Breaks, became a New York Times bestseller, was produced as a TV movie, and won the Edgar Allan Poe and Anthony awards for best first novel. Since then, he has written twenty-eight bestselling crime novels.
Otto Penzler is the proprietor of the Mysterious Bookshop, the founder of the Mysterious Press, the creator of Otto Penzler Books, and the editor of many books and anthologies.
Thomas H. Cook is the author of twenty-three books, including The Chatham School Affair, which won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel, and, most recently, The Last Talk with Lola Faye.
Hometown:Beverly Hills, California
Date of Birth:August 9, 1949
Place of Birth:New York, New York
Education:B.A. in psychology, University of California-Los Angeles; Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1974
Table of Contents
Preface Otto Penzler Thomas H. Cook ix Introduction Jonathan Kellerman xiii The Story of a Snitch Jeremy Kahn 1 A Season in Hell Dean LaTourrette 25 I'm with the Steelers Justin Heckert 41 The House Across the Way Calvin Trillin 53 The Caged Life Alan Prendergast 69 Badges of Dishonor Pamela Colloff 87 Dangerous Minds Malcolm Gladwell 111 Dean of Death Row Tad Friend 129 The Tainted Kidney Charles Graeber 155 The Ploy Mark Bowden 179 Day of the Dead D.T. Max 205 Just a Random Female Nick Schou 231 The Serial Killer's Disciple James Renner 255 Mercenary Tom Junod 271 Murder at 19,000 Feet Jonathan Green 309
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