The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century - Lawrence Block, John Steinbeck, Harlan Ellison, Pearl S. Buck, Joyce Carol Oates, Flannery O'Connor, William Faulkner, O. Henry, James M. Cain, Otto Penzler, James Crumley, Margaret Millar, Sue Grafton, Dennis Lehane, Willa Cather, Ben Ray Redman, Brendan DuBois, Joe Gore
I enjoyed the earlier stories more than the later, more so than the recent ones. The later stories just got too profane for my tastes because I like my mysteries to be more mysterious than vulgar. What a shame when writers have to depend on that sort of thing. It's no wonder I like the classics so much.