These collections might solve the problem of what to get the mystery fan on your gift list.
Boston Noir (Akashic Books), edited by Dennis Lehane, joins the series of city-centric anthologies; editor Lehane contributes a smart, funny introduction and a terrific story, and other writers include Stewart O'Nan, John Dufresne and Dana Cameron.
Detective Stories (Everyman's Pocket Classics), edited by Peter Washington, gathers classic stories by masters like Doyle, Chandler and Hammett and others by modern greats like Ian Rankin and Sara Paretsky.
The Lineup: The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives (Little, Brown), edited by Otto Penzler, assembles into one fascinating volume 22 authors talking about creating their series characters: Lee Child on Jack Reacher, Michael Connelly on Harry Bosch, Laura Lippman on Tess Monaghan, Robert Parker on Spenser and more.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor