The Best American Mystery Stories 2007
 
The biggest mystery in The Best American Mystery Stories 2007 (Houghton Mifflin), edited by the never fainthearted Carl Hiaasen, is how to catch your breath after reading Chris Adrian's "Stab" a terrifying window on childhood grief and rage. Among the other standouts: Louise Erdrich's "Gleason," about a kidnapping and a marriage gone horribly, ludicrously awry.

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