On Tuesday, the Best American Mystery Stories 2020 was released by Mariner/ Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. My short story, The Last Hit, which originally appeared in The Strand Magazine, was one of 20 stories selected for the annual anthology. The legendary Otto Penzler once again served as general editor of the series, which Kirkus Reviews called, “highly regarded” and “a stellar collection.” C.J. Box, who creates the Joe Pickett series, made the final selection of stories. It’s humbling to have a story included alongside such great writers as Jeffery Deaver and James Lee Burke. Many thanks to Otto and C.J. for the honor.
Here’s a link to the Kirkus review: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/…/best-american-mystery…/
It is the second anthology in which one of my short stories appeared this year. The first was The Satin Fox, which appeared in Columbus Noir, which was released in March. If you’re a fan of short story mysteries, both anthologies are excellent reads.
Today is Nov. 6 – five months until the release of my next novel, The Sacrifice of Lester Yates.