The Mystery Box
There’s nothing more mysterious than a locked box. Whether it’s a literal strongbox, an empty coffin, the inner workings of a scientist’s mind, or an underground prison cell, there are those who will use any means necessary to unlock the secrets of…THE MYSTERY BOX.
With this anthology, bestselling author Brad Meltzer introduces twenty-one original stories from today’s most prominent mystery writers. In Laura Lippman’s “Waco 1982,” a young reporter stuck with a seemingly mundane assignment on lost-and-found boxes unwittingly discovers a dark crime. In Joseph Finder’s “Heirloom,” a scheming neighbor frightens the new couple on the block with an unnerving tale of buried treasure. In R.L. Stine’s “High Stakes,” a man on his honeymoon gets drawn into a bizarre bet involving a coffin–a bet he may pay for with his life.
From the foothills of Mount Fuji to Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp, from a physics laboratory in wartime Leipzig to an unusual fitness club in Boca Raton, these sometimes terrifying, sometimes funny, and always suspenseful tales will keep you riveted to the page.
edited by Brad Meltzer, published April 2013 by Grand Central Publishing
Authors: Steve Berry, James O. Born, Tony Broadbent, Jan Burke, Joseph Finder, Angela Gerst, Joseph Goodrich, Libby Fischer Hellmann, S.W. Hubbard, Mary Anne Kelly, C.E. Lawrence, R.T. Lawton, Laura Lippman, Catherine Mambretti, Katherine Neville, Stephen Ross, Karin Slaughter, Tom Robb Smith, R.L. Stine, Jonathan Stone, Charles Todd
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