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Publisher's Summary

This collection of the best crime and mystery short fiction of 1999, gathered from around the globe and including more award-winners and stories than any other comparable volume, fills the void for those with a hunger for the best international mystery and suspense stories.

Included among the best-selling authors are: Jeffery Deaver, Marcia Muller, Donald E. Westlake, Ed McBain, and Joyce Carol Oates. This comprehensive anthology is the definitive annual collection of the very best mystery and suspense stories from the world over. Ed Gorman has been nominated for the Edgar and Bram Stoker Awards.

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The first story is the best by far. I'm almost done listening to this book -- some stories I had to skip due to just not being able to get past the narrators. Others were just not my style. But there were a couple of good stories. All-in-all, just a so-so compilation in my humble opinion.

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The World's Finest Mystery & Crime Stories, Vol. 2

Really a mixed review. Technically, one story disappeared midstream and another began spontaneously. Another problem was a totally valley-girl type narrator that drove me to advance past her work. I did find may of the stories entertaining but generally was disappointed with the overall quality.

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Flawed recording

Two stories ran into each other and there were no endings for the two stories.

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enjoyed it

another good colection of short stories in the mystery/crime genre. a good way to sample contemporary writers to see if one might enjoy a longer ,novel, from that writer.

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What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The book sparked disappointment in that most of the stories are just so-so and some of them are just cut off with no ending. Perhaps this book needs to be re-recorded.