Stephen Hunter in conversation with Otto Penzler

Signed bookplates available with purchase of Basil's War.

Stephen Hunter won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism as well as the 1998 American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for Distinguished Writing in Criticism for his work as film critic at The Washington Post. He is the author of several bestselling novels, including Time to Hunt, Black Light, Point of Impact, and the New York Times bestsellers Havana, Pale Horse Coming, and Hot Springs. He lives in Baltimore.

Otto Penzler is the proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City and is regarded as the world's foremost authority on crime, mystery and suspense fiction.

Penzler founded The Mysterious Press in 1975, which he later sold to Warner Books (1989). He reacquired the imprint in 2010 and books for nine years was an imprint at Grove/Atlantic. It is now an independent publisher that publishes original works by such authors as Thomas Perry, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen Hunter and reissues classic crime fiction through MysteriousPress.com in partnership with Open Road Integrated Media.

Penzler is also a prolific editor whose most recent anthologies include The Big Book of Espionage (Vintage), The Best American Mystery Stories of the 19th Century (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and The Best American Noir of the Century with James Ellroy (HMH). 

Penzler has been nominated for three Edgar Awards and won twice, for Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection in 1977 and The Lineup in 2010. The Mystery Writers of America awarded him the prestigious Ellery Queen Award in 1994 and the Raven--the group's highest non-writing award--in 2003. He has also been given lifetime achievement awards by Noircon, the Strand Magazine, and Killer Nashville.


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Basil's War: A WWII Spy Thriller Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9781613162248
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Published: Mysterious Press - May 4th, 2021

A British spy goes behind enemy lines to crack a secret code in this “highly entertaining World War II espionage thriller” (Seattle Times).