This volume is Maximillian Potter s The Body Farm which tells how Dr William Bass S William Bass s xploration project at the University of Tennessee s anthropology department came to be so well knownThis is a great anthology of works all well written and all *remarkable stories i was recommended this one by my friend joanna who described it as a cross between * stories i was recommended this one by my friend joanna who described it as a cross between order and the new yorker if that sounds appealing to you as it did to me i would recommend giving this a try i will definitely Some really great writing here on a variety of crimes A few seemed rather one note but then I m reading this book ten years late and I might be projecting irrelevance on the subject What I Baroque Personae especially loved was the writer s notes at thend fascinating to see how a story hooks a journalist and simply can t let himher go until the story is told Terrible Boy by Tom Junod is an ssay I ll be using in my Intro to Lit class this fall Painfully fantastic Ok this anthology of true crime stories had some fantastic writing and would asily have gotten 5 stars if the ditors had not chosen some really dumb crimes to report about First off I ll list the dumb ones Sex Lies Video Cameras How Two "Lives Met in Death The Terrible Boy My Undertaker My Pimp The Bully of Toulon A "Met in Death The Terrible Boy My Undertaker My Pimp The Bully of Toulon A s Work Dirty Little Secret Big Shot Mad Dogs and Lawyers these stories did not belong among anything considered the Best of American Crime Writing they just This is very good writing indeed about some very sad subjects including Jayson Williams killing the man who drove his party one night the dogs that killed the woman in her apartment bldg in San Francisco and sex traffickers in Eastern Europe I didn t read all of them ventually I found them too depressing Like most anthologies some outstanding and some so so stories I ncountered this book looking up a story that appeared in the Atlantic ntitled The Keystone Kommandos about the ill conceived Nazi plan to sabotage the US which lead to the poorly reasoned memo that keeping Gitmo open Along the way I went down memory lane with Enron Curtis Thompson of Toulon IL google it if you don t know the story prosecuting the ngineers of the Rwandan genocide a host of interesting but far less important stories Excellent compilation of stories both known and unknown to me. Hly about the sudden disappearence of a teenager and the strange place she turned up; Lawrence Wright’s “The Counterterrorist” from The New Yorker the story of John O’Neill the FBI agent who tracked Osama bin Laden for a decade until he was killed when the World Trade Center collapsed Intriguing ntertaining and compelling reading Best American Crime Writing has stablished itself as a much anticipated annual. ,
I have read these very year xcept for the last few due to the interference of life But I like the series the writing ranges from brilliant to simply ok but there is one that makes the book worthwhile Some of "these true crime pieces are creepy as hell I ve loved most of the books in Penzler "true crime pieces are creepy as hell I ve loved most of the books in Penzler series and have worked my way back through the years of publication For some reason this set of tales is full of crazy violence and inhumanity A few nicely written accounts but several Outside magazine and Men s Journal type hack pieces too A poignant reminder of the human ability to do terrible things to other humans It was a good read definitely some fine crime writing Being that it is a six year old publication it brought back to mind some of the horrors of the arly 21st century September 11th the Rwandan massacres terrorism along with the ongoing horrors of the sex trade I still recommend that you read this is you njoy crime writing as it is a collection of very is you njoy crime writing as it is a collection of very written Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods essays Painful but well worth the time Best American Crime Writing 2003 contains 20ssays that appeared in 2002 on the pages of The New York Times Harper s Magazine Esuire Texas Monthly and others The writing styles vary as widely as the topics Editors Otto Penzler and Thomas H Cook note in the book s introduction that the vents on September 11 2001 result in this *volume leaning heavily but not xclusively toward international and political ventsCrime occurs constantly and produces varying levels of revulsion dismay amusement * leaning heavily but not xclusively toward international and political Education in a New Society: Renewing the Sociology of Education eventsCrime occurs constantly and produces varying levels of revulsion dismay amusement glad it wasn t me This collection offers up an array of all of these plus a little bit of Huh I didn t know about that Forxample Peter Richmond s Big Shot tells the story of NBA All Star Jayson Williams and how limo driver Gus Christofi came to nd up shot to death on Jayson s bedroom floor Richmond paints a picture of Williams that basketball fans might find disagreeable but he does it with such skill the reader is left wondering why none of this was discussed on ESPN s SportsCenter Williams currently faces a 55 year sentence if convicted of aggravated manslaughter and other charges related to the arly morning 2002 Valentine s Day shootingMarie Brenner s The Enron Wars digs deep into the company s family and reveals misogyny suirrelly cover ups decades of sm. This year’s worth of the most powerful the most startling the smartest and most astute in short the best crime journalism Scouring hundreds of publications Otto Penzler and Thomas H Cook have created a remarkable compilation containing the best xamples of the most current and vibrant of our literary traditions crime reportingIncluded in this volume are Maximillian Potter’s “The Body Farm” from G a portrait
Otto Penzler ✓ 0 Free downloadOkescreens and webs of conspiracies Brenner talks to women from inside the company who discovered inconsistencies arly on and met wall after wall of duplicity and discovered inconsistencies arly on and met wall after wall of duplicity and These women were smart driven dedicated and successful and they knew something was wrong but couldn t get answers It s a great story because it s told from an insideroutsider perspectiveIn The Terrible Boy Tom Junod takes look at the case of troubled 15 year old Jonathan Miller a sopho who agreed to a fight when his 13 year old neighbor Josh Belluardo challenged him on a school bus Jonathan sucker punched the larger and athletic Josh in the back of the head as the two crossed a lawn after leaving the school bus The fateful punch caused a tiny tear in an artery Josh went down and stayed down Two days later when Josh s parents took him off life support the charge against Jonathan Miller changed from aggravated assault to felony murder And Miller became another poster child for the anti bullying movement Junod s treatment of this story is intriguing It s not just another kid kills kid tale Junod xplores bullying what it is what is isn t and his own xperience as a bully He talks intelligently about why Miller wasn t a bully despite a history of school suspensions and problems in the classroom On a international note Robert Sam Anson s The Journalist and the Terrorist is a harrowing story of a man s attempt to find out what happened to fellow reporter Daniel Pearl The story opens with a shopping list of rules for a reporter traveling in Karachi Pakistan Do not take a taxi from the airport arrange for the hotel to send a car and confirm the driver s identity before getting in Do not stay in a room that faces the street Do not leave notes or tape recordings in your room Do not discard work papers in the wastebasket flush them down the toilet And above all do not go alone Ever This sets the stage for a fascinating look into Anson s search He xplains the dynamics of the regions politics in a way that is asy to understand He describes
*a hatred of *hatred of that many of us can t fathom and a culture that sometimes feels ually alien The story is complex and Anson ties the key players and organizations to ach other in a well crafted and widely acclaimed piece of journalismAnother great story in. F Murray Marks who collects dead bodies and strews them around two acres of the University of Tennessee campus to study their decomposition in order to help solve crime; Jay Kirk’s “My Undertaker My Pimp” from Harper’s in which Mack Moore and his wife Angel switch from run ning crooked funeral parlors to stablishing a brothel; Skip Hollandsworth’s “The Day Treva Throneberry Disappeared” from Texas Mont.