The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2022

The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2022

by Jess Walter, Steph Cha
The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2022

The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2022

by Jess Walter, Steph Cha


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A collection of the year’s best mystery and suspense short fiction selected by #1 New York Times bestselling author and guest editor Jess Walter and series editor Steph Cha. 

New York Times bestselling author and “superb storyteller” (Boston Globe), Jess Walter flexes his genre chops and selects twenty short stories that represent the best examples of the form published the previous year.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780063264489
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/01/2022
Series: Best American Series
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 77,565
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jess Walter is the author of six novels, including the bestsellers Beautiful Ruins and The Financial Lives of the Poets, the National Book Award finalist The Zero, and Citizen Vince, the winner of the Edgar Award for best novel. His short fiction has appeared in Harper's, McSweeney's, and Playboy, as well as The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He lives in his hometown of Spokane, Washington.

Steph Cha is the author of the Juniper Song crime trilogy. She’s an editor and critic whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. A native of the San Fernando Valley, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two basset hounds.


Spokane, Washington

Date of Birth:

July 20, 1965

Place of Birth:

Spokane, Washington


B.A., Eastern Washington University, 1987

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction xiii

La Chingona from The Eviction of Hope Hector Acosta 1

Lucky Thirteen from Midnight Hour Tracy Clark 16

An Ache So Divine from Jukes & Tanks S. A. Cosby 29

Detainment from Speculative Los Angeles Alex Espinoza 42

Here's to New Friends from When a Stranger Comes to Town Jacqueline Freimor 56

A Career Spent Disappointing People from Palm Springs Noir Tod Goldberg 67

The Very Last Time from Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Juliet Grames 86

The Wind from The New Yorker Lauren Groff 101

No Man's Land from Only the Good Die Young James D. F. Hannah 111

Return to Sender from Jukes & Tonks Gar Anthony Haywood 123

Harriet Point from The Southern Review Leslie Jones 140

Stingers from Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine LaToya Jovena 159

God Bless America from Collectibles Elaine Kagan 168

A Bostonian (in Cambridge) from Collectibles Dennis Lehane 186

Remediation from This Time for Sure Kristen Lepionka 206

Long Live the Girl Detective from Electric Literature Megan Pillow 220

Mata Hambre from Midnight Hour Raquel V. Reyes 233

Turning Heart from This Time for Sure David Heska Wanbli Weiden 242

Lycia from The Colorado Review Brendan Williams-Childs 253

Thank You for Your Service from Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine Matthew Wilson 268

Contributors' Notes 295

Other Distinguished Mystery and Suspense of 2021 307

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