Mystery Writers of America Presents the Mystery Box

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Mystery Writers of America Presents the Mystery Box

By Brad Meltzer (Editor); Steve Berry (Contribution by); James O. Born (Contribution by)

Grand Central Publishing, Hardcover, 9781455512355, 373pp.

Publication Date: April 30, 2013


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.

About the Author
Brad Meltzer is the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Inner Circle," "The Book of Fate," and seven other bestselling thrillers. In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for nonfiction ("History Decoded"), advice ("Heroes for My Son" and "Heroes for My Daughter"), children's books ("I Am Amelia Earhart" and "I Am Abraham Lincoln") and even graphic books ("Justice League of America"). He is also the host of "Brad Meltzer's Decoded" on the History Channel, and "Brad Meltzer's Lost History" on H2. He currently lives in Florida. You can find much more about him at You can also see what he's doing right now at and on Twitter @bradmeltzer.