Year's Best Mystery and Suspense Stories 1991

Edward D. Hoch, Editor Walker & Company $19.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-8027-3200-2
Among the 13 skillfully written tales collected by seasoned mystery editor and author Hoch ( The Shattered Raven ) are all five 1991 Edgar nominees. The winner, Lynne Barrett, scored with ``Elvis Lives,'' in which a reluctant and increasingly alcoholic impersonator of the King stumbles on a foolproof method of dissolving his contract. Series favorites include Ruth Rendell's Chief Inspector Reg Wexford, here puzzled by the behavior of a teenage girl who refuses to live with her mother and the mother's boyfriend (``An Unwanted Woman); and Kinsey Millhone, investigating the relationship between two women and $600,000 in ``A Poison That Leaves No Trace'' by Sue Grafton. Stanley Cohen's ``Hello! My Name Is Irving Wasserman'' intertwines comedy and tragedy when a couple discovers that the perfect rug they've rescued from a dumpster encloses a corpse. Julian Symons, Bill Pronzini and Donald Westlake also contributed to this 16th volume. ( Nov. )
Reviewed on: 11/04/1991
Release date: 11/01/1991
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