... lives up to its title ... These stories are more 'whydunit?' than the traditional 'whodunit?' and all the more chilling for it ... Recommended for readers of psychological mysteries and thrillers as well as genre aficionados seeking the standout stories of the year.
Lethem comments in his introduction on the expanding boundaries of crime fiction, noting 'how vital and diverse and happily contradictory the variations within a so-called genre can be.' All of that vitality is on view in this unusual but thoroughly satisfying collectiong ... As always, an essential anthology.
Lethem infuses much-needed variety into the 23rd volume in Penzler’s annual best-of series ... Lethem’s wide-ranging sensibilities will be a welcome palate cleanse for fans clamoring for something different.