Friday, August 7, 2015

Best American Crime Writing 2006

Continuing with the theme of my previous posts (2008, 2007), here are links to the articles selected for The Best American Crime Writing anthology, 2006. Although I note my favorites with asterisks, this is getting further back in time and a few of the entries are poorly remembered.

2006. Edited by Otto Penzler and Thomas H. Cook. Introduction by Mark Bowden.

The Choirboy: John Heilemann, New York*
Famed technology writer Lawrence Lessig describes his history of sexual abuse at the hands of a prominent choir master.
The $2,000-An-Hour Woman: Mark Jacobson, New York
A pimp aims for the big time.
The Last Ride of Cowboy Bob: Skip Hollandsworth, Texas Monthly*
Cowboy Bob, a notorious bank robber in Western garb, was actually a woman.
Killer Instincts: Jeffrey Toobin, New Yorker.
A successful prosecutor cuts corners to get a prisoner sentenced to death.
Altar Ego: Robert Nelson, Phoenix New Times.
A priest is the prime suspect in a decades-old murder.
Dr. Evil: S.C. Gwynne, Texas Monthly*
A doctor specializes in an operation which removes vertebrae.
Blood Feud: Mary Battiata, Washington Post Magazine
Two neighboring farmers battle for years.
Hit Men in Blue? Howard Blum and John Connolly, Vanity Fair.
Two police officers are arrested for being Mafia hitmen. (Follow-up: both were found guilty.)
The Ghosts of Emmett Till: Richard Rubin, New York Times Magazine
Interviews revisiting the attorneys and jurors in the Emmett Till murder trial.
Blue on Blue: Chuck Hustmyre, New Orleans Magazine.
A police officer robs a restaurant she is hired to protect and kills a fellow officer.
Sex Thief: Denise Grollmus, Cleveland Scene.
A rapist beats the system again and again.

Not available online (from legitimate sources).
How to Lose $100,000,000: Paige Williams, GQ
A West Virginia man has nothing but trouble after winning the Powerball lottery.
The End of the Mob: Jimmy Breslin, Playboy Magazine.
The most New York of journalists explains how one stoolie squeals on the next until no one is left standing.
Operation Stealing Saddam's Money: Devin Friedman, GQ.
American troops in Iraq undertake an operation to rob Saddam's riches.
The Great Mojave Manhunt: Deanne Stillman, Rolling Stone.
A fugitive eludes capture in the largest manhunt in California history.

 Martin Hill Ortiz, also writing under the name, Martin Hill, is the author of A Predatory Mind. His latest mystery, Never Kill A Friend, is available from Ransom Note Press. His epic poem, Two Mistakes, recently won second place in the Margaret Reid/Tom Howard Poetry Competition. He can be contacted at


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