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When a different kind of justice is needed - swift, effective, and personal - a new type of avenger must take action. Vengeance features new stories by bestselling crime writers including Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, and Karin Slaughter, as well as some of today's brightest rising talents. The heroes in these stories include a cop who's seen too much, a woma When a different kind of justice is needed - swift, effective, and personal - a new type of avenger must take action. Vengeance features new stories by bestselling crime writers including Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, and Karin Slaughter, as well as some of today's brightest rising talents. The heroes in these stories include a cop who's seen too much, a woman who has been pushed too far, or just an ordinary person doing what the law will not. Some call them vigilantes, others claim they are just another brand of criminal. Edited and with an introduction by Lee Child, these stories reveal the shocking consequences when men and women take the law into their own hands. THE FOURTEENTH JUROR by Twist Phelan LOST AND FOUND by Zoë Sharp THE MOTHER by Alafair Burke BLIND JUSTICE by Jim Fusilli THE CONSUMERS by Dennis Lehane MOONSHINER’S LAMENT by Rick McMahan RIVER SECRET by Anne Swardson HOT SUGAR BLUES by Steve Liskow THE FINAL BALLOT by Brendan DuBois AFRICA ALWAYS NEEDS GUNS by Michael Niemann THE UNREMARKABLE HEART by Karin Slaughter IT AIN’T RIGHT by Michelle Gagnon SILENT JUSTICE by C.E. Lawrence EVEN A BLIND MAN by Darrell James THE GENERAL by Janice Law (Janice Law Trecker) A FINE MIST OF BLOOD by Michael Connelly LEVERAGE by Mike Cooper THE HOTLINE by Dreda Say Mitchell BLOOD AND SUNSHINE by Adam Meyer IN PERSONA CHRISTI by Orest Stelmach THE HOLLYWOOD I REMEMBER by Lee Child


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When a different kind of justice is needed - swift, effective, and personal - a new type of avenger must take action. Vengeance features new stories by bestselling crime writers including Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, and Karin Slaughter, as well as some of today's brightest rising talents. The heroes in these stories include a cop who's seen too much, a woma When a different kind of justice is needed - swift, effective, and personal - a new type of avenger must take action. Vengeance features new stories by bestselling crime writers including Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, and Karin Slaughter, as well as some of today's brightest rising talents. The heroes in these stories include a cop who's seen too much, a woman who has been pushed too far, or just an ordinary person doing what the law will not. Some call them vigilantes, others claim they are just another brand of criminal. Edited and with an introduction by Lee Child, these stories reveal the shocking consequences when men and women take the law into their own hands. THE FOURTEENTH JUROR by Twist Phelan LOST AND FOUND by Zoë Sharp THE MOTHER by Alafair Burke BLIND JUSTICE by Jim Fusilli THE CONSUMERS by Dennis Lehane MOONSHINER’S LAMENT by Rick McMahan RIVER SECRET by Anne Swardson HOT SUGAR BLUES by Steve Liskow THE FINAL BALLOT by Brendan DuBois AFRICA ALWAYS NEEDS GUNS by Michael Niemann THE UNREMARKABLE HEART by Karin Slaughter IT AIN’T RIGHT by Michelle Gagnon SILENT JUSTICE by C.E. Lawrence EVEN A BLIND MAN by Darrell James THE GENERAL by Janice Law (Janice Law Trecker) A FINE MIST OF BLOOD by Michael Connelly LEVERAGE by Mike Cooper THE HOTLINE by Dreda Say Mitchell BLOOD AND SUNSHINE by Adam Meyer IN PERSONA CHRISTI by Orest Stelmach THE HOLLYWOOD I REMEMBER by Lee Child

30 review for Mystery Writers of America Presents Vengeance

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Overall, a good collection. Some ups & downs, but mostly quite good. I bought this specifically for 1 story, A Fine Mist of Blood by Michael Connelly #24.5 in the Harry Bosch Universe Chronology. Table of Contents: Introduction by Lee Child short, sweet, & to the point. Fourteenth Juror by Twist Phelan was excellent. This is the second story I've read by him & I want to read more. Perfectly titled & great twist at the end. 5 stars Lost and Found by Zoë Sharp wasn't written in a way I li Overall, a good collection. Some ups & downs, but mostly quite good. I bought this specifically for 1 story, A Fine Mist of Blood by Michael Connelly #24.5 in the Harry Bosch Universe Chronology. Table of Contents: Introduction by Lee Child short, sweet, & to the point. Fourteenth Juror by Twist Phelan was excellent. This is the second story I've read by him & I want to read more. Perfectly titled & great twist at the end. 5 stars Lost and Found by Zoë Sharp wasn't written in a way I liked much, but was kind of a good story for all that. 2.5 stars Mother by Alafair Burke had an excellent twist. 4 stars. Blind Justice by Jim Fusilli was just bewildering & pointless. 1 star Consumers by Dennis Lehane well done! Somewhat inevitable, but great for all that. 4 stars Moonshiner's Lament by Rick McMahan was reminiscent of 'Justified'. Excellent. 4 stars River Secret by Anne Swardson has the most unique setting & characters. Very well done. 4 stars Hot Sugar Blues by Steve Liskow was very well played revenge. 4 stars. Final Ballot by Brendan DuBois completely different than the last story, but exceedingly well played again. 5 stars Africa Always Needs Guns by Michael Niemann corruption knows no bounds & sometimes it breaks a person. Great ending. 4 stars Unremarkable Heart by Karin Slaughter was the worst kind of horror. A dying woman didn't seem like a great center piece to a story, but Slaughter managed to make this intriguing & then twist the knife at the end. 5 stars It Ain't Right by Michelle Gagnon was a little too undeveloped for it to really hit home. It hints at a lot. 2 stars Silent Justice by C.E. Lawrence takes the priest's burden to a logical, chilling conclusion. 4 stars Even a Blind Man by Darrell James was a good tale of redemption even if the plot was far too convenient. 3.5 stars The General by Janice Law Trecker was pretty obvious from the start. 2 stars A Fine Mist of Blood by Michael Connelly #24.5 in the Harry Bosch Universe Chronology. Connelly is usually very careful about details, but this time there were a couple of points that didn't make sense. (view spoiler)[Nothing about how they knew she'd come home. No 2 way communication? They had to be able to hear his side, but they couldn't let him know she was coming? 2 snipers for 1 window without commo? (hide spoiler)] Good story otherwise. 2.5 stars (I read this story first since I want to listen to another novel, but this short story comes first in the chronology which is in my review of the first book.) Leverage by Mike Cooper was fairly predictable, but still really good in exploring the difference between what is legal & what is right. It also highlighted the inability to communicate. 4 stars Hotline by Dreda Say Mitchell only had one thing going for it, a Muslim point of view. Otherwise, it was just OK. 2.5 stars Blood and Sunshine by Adam Meyer highlights the incredible patience it takes to deal with other people's children. The end was disgusting & didn't make much sense mechanically (view spoiler)[I read it twice & still don't understand how he wasn't seen. (hide spoiler)] which blows the whole thing. 1 star In Persona Christi by Orest Stelmach was OK, but that's it. 2 stars. Hollywood I Remember by Lee Child was fairly chilling. 3 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    Two short stories were excellent - by Michael Connelly and Darrell James. Most of the rest were just ok. 21 short stories with themes of revenge or vengeance. I hesitate to read short stories. More often than not something doesn’t get developed enough - characters, motivations, plot. Some of my harsh ratings below are because of this. Those same authors would probably get a higher rating from me for their full length novels. But, it can be done. Two of the short stories were excellent. The storie Two short stories were excellent - by Michael Connelly and Darrell James. Most of the rest were just ok. 21 short stories with themes of revenge or vengeance. I hesitate to read short stories. More often than not something doesn’t get developed enough - characters, motivations, plot. Some of my harsh ratings below are because of this. Those same authors would probably get a higher rating from me for their full length novels. But, it can be done. Two of the short stories were excellent. The stories below are in the same order as in the book. 3 stars. THE 14th JUROR by Twist Phelan. Two police detectives talk to a judge. The ending was too abrupt. I wanted to see specifically what would happen to the recipient of the revenge. 1 star. LOST AND FOUND by Zoe Sharp. This was a weird combination of second and third person point of views. “You” are being attacked. “He” is doing the attacking. Throughout the story the author switches back and forth between what “You” are thinking and feeling and what “He” is thinking and doing. I was frustrated and confused. This was too subtle for me. I didn’t like the ending. I wanted to know what was going to happen to “He.” 2 stars. THE MOTHER by Alafair Burke. The main story was pretty good - 3 stars. But the ending was unfinished - 1 star. It left me hanging. A bad guy was discovered, and I have no idea what will happen with him. One storyline is who will have custody of a two-year-old girl who had been raped. 1 star. BLIND JUSTICE by Jim Fusilli. Angie and Turnip are two guys who interact with organized crime types. Relationships could not be fully shown because there were too many characters. Motivations and actions were vague. I didn’t know who did what or why. I didn’t know what the bad guy did that caused a need for revenge. The revenge was referred to, not shown. At the end one guy asks “Dead or alive?” The other guy says “What do you think?” This ending was too vague. 3 ½ stars. THE CONSUMERS by Dennis Lehane. A broker sells bad investments causing people to lose money. He also beats his wife. The story was good until the end. A character got revenge, but I wasn’t clear about his motives. I wanted to understand him better. 3 stars. MOONSHINER’S LAMENT by Rick McMahan. Too much was too vague. I didn’t see motives for Goat’s actions after he left the men in the woods. Then I vaguely knew what happened to the men in the woods. I needed to know more about the bad guy’s motivations and actions. 2 stars. RIVER SECRET by Anne Swardson. A street musician sees a little girl with her mother. Too much subtlety. Not obvious enough. 3 stars. HOT SUGAR BLUES by Steve Liskow. A lot of time was spent with things the bad guy musician did which was depressing. His victims were wimps because they were powerless or they didn’t choose their actions well. Someone gets revenge which was ok, but the overall story was depressing. 3 ½ stars. THE FINAL BALLAD by Brendan DuBois. Good story. It’s about what happens after Beth’s daughter was beaten by the son of a senator. 2 stars. AFRICA ALWAYS NEEDS GUNS by Michael Niemann. So, so. I couldn’t get into the characters. An investigator needs to examine cargo. The pilot won’t let him. 2 stars. THE UNREMARKABLE HEART by Karin Slaughter. This didn’t feel like revenge or vengeance. The main character is dying and her main crime was trusting someone she shouldn’t have and saying some mean things to others. As a story it’s ok but it’s depressing about someone dying. There is a shocking surprise at the end. 2 stars. IT AIN’T RIGHT by Michelle Gagnon. Too subtle. Don’t know what happened. Joe and his wife may have done something bad. I didn’t see any revenge or vengeance in this story. It’s possible my mind wandered and I missed it? 3 stars. SILENT JUSTICE by C.E. Lawrence. A killer confesses to a priest. Ok story. 4 stars. EVEN A BLIND MAN by Darrell James. Young girl is in trouble. Her grandfather travels across the country by bus to find her and help her. He pretends to be blind, but he is not. This was very good. 2 stars. THE GENERAL by Janice Law Trecker. Not a pleasant story. Not enjoyable. The General did evil things when he was in power which are recalled. The ending has some revenge, but it was more sad than good. 4 ½ to 5 stars. A FINE MIST OF BLOOD by Michael Connelly. Yay! I love Harry Bosch! This is another installment in that series. It was my favorite story in this book. Detective Bosch is investigating a murder. At first I was drawn in because I thought “how in the world is he going to catch this person?” Later there was suspense, and I was worried about Bosch. Then my favorite part was the person who got revenge - that was a surprise. I didn’t expect it. And, we had a complete ending. So to Michael Connelly, thank you, you write so well! 3 stars. LEVERAGE by Mike Cooper. The subject matter was depressing. Much of the story is about employees of a company being terminated and losing their pensions. One of the employees wants to do something about it. It was ok, but I didn’t feel much. At least the ending was complete. 3 stars. THE HOTLINE by Dreda Say Mitchell. Ruckshana wears a Muslim head scarf when working at the bank. Her boss lies to her and is behind her firing. It’s an ok story. 3 stars. BLOOD AND SUNSHINE by Adam Meyer. It was ok but odd. I was frustrated that the author didn’t say what happened to the baby. I’m still troubled by that. Eddie is a college student working at a day care center/camp for kids during the summer. Dillon is a five-year-old who is sneaky and evil. This is a dark story. The good guy gets revenge but did something evil to get it. It left me with an unsettled feeling. 3 stars. IN PERSONA CHRISTY by Orest Stelmach. Maria and her son Manuel flee Mexico and live with a priest in a Connecticut parish. Her husband was killed by bad guys. Several years earlier Father Nathan lost his right arm and right leg and wears prosthetics. The ending was pretty good about someone saving the day and getting some revenge. 3 stars. THE HOLLYWOOD I REMEMBER by Lee Child. The main character is a killer for hire. He kills prostitutes who threaten to talk/blackmail their clients. Someone wants revenge and to see him in jail. The revenge he gets is unexpected. This was ok at best. DATA: Unabridged audiobook reading time: 11 hrs and 58 mins. Swearing language: occasional use of some strong words, but not often. Sexual language: none. Sex scenes: One sex scene was referred to, no details shown. Another sex scene was a woman tied to a bed, being raped by four men. Setting: current day mostly U.S. but there’s also Africa, London and Paris (I think). Book copyright: 2012 for the anthology. Most of the short stories were 2012. One was 2010. Genre: mystery suspense.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Roger

    Revenge-I think most of us have yearned for it and occasionally, either on impulse or with malice aforethought, exacted it. Vengeance is an anthology edited by Lee Child, and it tackles this concept from a variety of angles. I found this to be an entertaining collection of tales but to me there were no stand-outs, despite all the famous authors. Obligatory name dropping begins now: Micheal Connelly gives us a new Harry Bosch story (that is what made me buy the book folks) but truthfully Connelly Revenge-I think most of us have yearned for it and occasionally, either on impulse or with malice aforethought, exacted it. Vengeance is an anthology edited by Lee Child, and it tackles this concept from a variety of angles. I found this to be an entertaining collection of tales but to me there were no stand-outs, despite all the famous authors. Obligatory name dropping begins now: Micheal Connelly gives us a new Harry Bosch story (that is what made me buy the book folks) but truthfully Connelly's gifts lean more towards the novel rather than the short story. There are also stories by Alafair Burke, Dennis Lehane, Karin Slaughter, Twist Phelan, and Child himself. A four star rating is really me rounding up every so slightly.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    The problem with editing a thematic collection is that the short stories therein can be formulaic. Child does an excellent job stuffing this anthology with fresh stories with minimal formula writing involved. There was a part in collection when it seemed a tiny repetitive but there were some real stand outs too such as the lehane tale I mentioned in an update and Karin slaughter really outdoing her novel length writing with a dark twisted story that was as compelling as a train wreck yet left an The problem with editing a thematic collection is that the short stories therein can be formulaic. Child does an excellent job stuffing this anthology with fresh stories with minimal formula writing involved. There was a part in collection when it seemed a tiny repetitive but there were some real stand outs too such as the lehane tale I mentioned in an update and Karin slaughter really outdoing her novel length writing with a dark twisted story that was as compelling as a train wreck yet left an icky after feeling. Lee child's was one of shortest stories in collection yet unsurprisingly among my favourites. The above were a few well creditialled authors but this collection also had some strong stories by authors that were new to me. Reading the review one may think I am being stingy with my star rating for this one but truth is the exceptional stories lifted the avg rating up as I found no stinkers here but there were a few meh stories.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    When Bosch is tasked with looking into some cold case files with his friend and former partner Jerry Edgar, they stumble across a pattern and an individual whose presence around both crime scenes cannot simply be coincidence, or can it? When they go to interview her, Bosch is unnerved that she has all the same answers as years before, even though her story all makes sense and fits together adequately enough. When he looks a little deeper, he finds something else; something that could close the c When Bosch is tasked with looking into some cold case files with his friend and former partner Jerry Edgar, they stumble across a pattern and an individual whose presence around both crime scenes cannot simply be coincidence, or can it? When they go to interview her, Bosch is unnerved that she has all the same answers as years before, even though her story all makes sense and fits together adequately enough. When he looks a little deeper, he finds something else; something that could close the case for good. Alas, it may lead to some messy endings! Good work, Mr. Connelly on yet another good short story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joe Young

    This is a collection of short stories all focused on the theme of Vengeance. Twenty one original authors (including the editor, Lee Child) wrote stories for this anthology and filled it with original short stories that really grab you and give you a reason to read. I am really envious of authors that can give you a gift of story in such short form and still include every nuance necessary to answer all the questions that might come up about the justification for the actions in the story. The form This is a collection of short stories all focused on the theme of Vengeance. Twenty one original authors (including the editor, Lee Child) wrote stories for this anthology and filled it with original short stories that really grab you and give you a reason to read. I am really envious of authors that can give you a gift of story in such short form and still include every nuance necessary to answer all the questions that might come up about the justification for the actions in the story. The form is a miracle in thrift! Another miracle is that Lee Child was able to persuade this great stable of authors to contribute to this book. I was amazed by the range of possibilities for revenge that were explored by these authors. It is also amazing that a stable of stories based on a single theme would cover such a wide variety of plots and actions looking for emotional satisfaction. I was further impressed that "ALL" of these stories were universally engaging and so well written and original that they easily maintained my interest to the point that I would read two or three stories at a single sitting instead of just picking and choosing the few with interesting titles. Not a single entry disappointed me! Easily one of the best short story anthologies of resent history. Kudo's to Mr. Child and his cooperating authors!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    Very solid collection, not a dud in the book. Most are decidely good, even the ones I wasn't riveted by, have a worksmanship about them. Extreme kudos to Karin Slaughter's The Unremarkable Heart. It reminds me of We Need to Talk About Kevin--if that gives an idea of the cheerfulness of this story. After reading it, I wanted to take a shower. Some of the stories are a little iffy on the topic of "vengeance" though. Very solid collection, not a dud in the book. Most are decidely good, even the ones I wasn't riveted by, have a worksmanship about them. Extreme kudos to Karin Slaughter's The Unremarkable Heart. It reminds me of We Need to Talk About Kevin--if that gives an idea of the cheerfulness of this story. After reading it, I wanted to take a shower. Some of the stories are a little iffy on the topic of "vengeance" though.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Raimey Gallant

    I enjoyed this anthology, but I should note that I found it taxing to read so many short stories in a row where the authors chose protagonists with prejudices. I get that it's a reflection of the real world, so maybe it's just the real world that I find taxing. ;) My favourite stories: The Fourteenth Juror, The Consumers, River Secret, Hot Sugar Blues, The Final Ballot, The Unremarkable Heart (triggers!), Even a Blind Man, The General, Leverage, The Hotline, The Hollywood I Remember. I enjoyed this anthology, but I should note that I found it taxing to read so many short stories in a row where the authors chose protagonists with prejudices. I get that it's a reflection of the real world, so maybe it's just the real world that I find taxing. ;) My favourite stories: The Fourteenth Juror, The Consumers, River Secret, Hot Sugar Blues, The Final Ballot, The Unremarkable Heart (triggers!), Even a Blind Man, The General, Leverage, The Hotline, The Hollywood I Remember.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Byju.V

    A collection of short stories with crime as a joining thread. The stories are selected by Lee Child. It includes some famous names and some not so famous names. A decent read for lovers of crime fiction.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pam Tickner

    An interesting concept - a collection of short crime stories from emerging and established authors. Whilst the theme of 'vengeance' for crimes perpetrated was good, I found the stories disturbing in their content. This one was not for me. An interesting concept - a collection of short crime stories from emerging and established authors. Whilst the theme of 'vengeance' for crimes perpetrated was good, I found the stories disturbing in their content. This one was not for me.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    This was a nasty collection of short stories about nasty people doing nasty things to one another, making me feel nasty when I read it. But seriously, I had my doubts about finishing this book. The first half dozen stories were completely foul. And I don't mean that the writing was bad. I mean, the characters and the stories felt soiled in some way. It wasn't until I read Anne Swardson's story "River Secret" that I found something to latch onto, somebody to root for. It was a depressing story, a This was a nasty collection of short stories about nasty people doing nasty things to one another, making me feel nasty when I read it. But seriously, I had my doubts about finishing this book. The first half dozen stories were completely foul. And I don't mean that the writing was bad. I mean, the characters and the stories felt soiled in some way. It wasn't until I read Anne Swardson's story "River Secret" that I found something to latch onto, somebody to root for. It was a depressing story, as well, but well-crafted and the characters seemed real. I also enjoyed--and I use that verb with some trepidation, as none of these stories were what you would call enjoyable--Brendan DuBois' "The Final Ballot," "The Unremarkable Heart" by Karin Slaughter(a favorite author of mine), and "The Hotline" by Dreda Say Mitchell. The other stories left me feeling uneasy to one degree or another, often showing otherwise average people pushed to their limits to become monsters when eradicating the monsters. What does that say about mankind? This book pretty much sums it up.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tony Warren

    When I saw Lee Child's name on this I thought it should be good. Boy was I wrong, what a load of old cobblers. I tried 3 of the stories and gave up on all of them. The rest I did not even want to attempt. Not my sort of reading at all. When I saw Lee Child's name on this I thought it should be good. Boy was I wrong, what a load of old cobblers. I tried 3 of the stories and gave up on all of them. The rest I did not even want to attempt. Not my sort of reading at all.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jim A

    A very good collection of short stories. As the title indicates, the theme of this anthology is 'Vengeance'. Most of the stories have an interesting twist ending in addition to the vengeance theme. A very good collection of short stories. As the title indicates, the theme of this anthology is 'Vengeance'. Most of the stories have an interesting twist ending in addition to the vengeance theme.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    This is a great collection of stories. Perfect for an evening by the fire.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    This has been my "desk" book at work for a very, very long time. I honestly should have just taken it home to finish much sooner. The stories in it were perfect for quick lunch breaks, when I had time to take them. The quality was as high as expected. The stories were all interesting takes on Vengeance. It is always fascinating how many different interpretations there are of the same theme. This has been my "desk" book at work for a very, very long time. I honestly should have just taken it home to finish much sooner. The stories in it were perfect for quick lunch breaks, when I had time to take them. The quality was as high as expected. The stories were all interesting takes on Vengeance. It is always fascinating how many different interpretations there are of the same theme.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Steve Black

    An OK collection of short stories of varying quality. For me, a short story should be succinctly well told, with a twist at the end. A few of these meet the criteria, but none are exceptional. If you buy the book on the basis of the Lee Child name you'll be disappointed, as his story is about 4 pages long. It is one of the better ones though. An OK collection of short stories of varying quality. For me, a short story should be succinctly well told, with a twist at the end. A few of these meet the criteria, but none are exceptional. If you buy the book on the basis of the Lee Child name you'll be disappointed, as his story is about 4 pages long. It is one of the better ones though.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mancman

    As with all collections of stories, there isn’t going to be consistency, and I’m ok with that. Reading different styles so quickly always makes me appreciate what I like about one writer, compared with another. The loose theme of vengeance ties this collection together, and I felt some contributors have a very different understanding of that word than others.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kay Vanatta

    I'm not usually a short story fan - but I did enjoy the collected mystery stories.... I liked being able to compare writing styles of the different authors to decide which ones I wanted to explore more. Enjoyable and quick read! I'm not usually a short story fan - but I did enjoy the collected mystery stories.... I liked being able to compare writing styles of the different authors to decide which ones I wanted to explore more. Enjoyable and quick read!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Peter Waller

    I'm not normally a great afficionado of the short story but in my opinion this collection is outstanding, probably the best I've ever come across. I've made a note of my favourites and will be checking out the authors. No doubt you will have your own list. I'm not normally a great afficionado of the short story but in my opinion this collection is outstanding, probably the best I've ever come across. I've made a note of my favourites and will be checking out the authors. No doubt you will have your own list.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Gaddy

    I took a chance on this because Dennis Lehane is one of the writers featured, and of course I enjoyed his story. In fact, all of them were good. But two or three were phenomenal! I highly recommend it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bruno

    The instances where I really like short stories are few and far between. Short stories, especially of the thriller kind, all too often need a quick build-up to a pointe, making a lot of them all about the pointe, and not so much about the story. Or they can be like that Spotify playlist: most of the songs are just so-so, and at best they contain that one hidden gem. (There wasn't really a gem to find here, while I did appreciate The Unremarkable Heart by Karin Slaughter.) So no, this was not one The instances where I really like short stories are few and far between. Short stories, especially of the thriller kind, all too often need a quick build-up to a pointe, making a lot of them all about the pointe, and not so much about the story. Or they can be like that Spotify playlist: most of the songs are just so-so, and at best they contain that one hidden gem. (There wasn't really a gem to find here, while I did appreciate The Unremarkable Heart by Karin Slaughter.) So no, this was not one of those instances.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Peter john Allen

    Different What a varied read this was, I would like to call it a string of pearls but cannot as the stories differed so much, however I can say that they were all gems in their own way.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Nutting

    Read these short stories while I'm vacationing in Miami/Florida Keys. A great pick up put down book when you don't want to be deep in a big novel!! Read these short stories while I'm vacationing in Miami/Florida Keys. A great pick up put down book when you don't want to be deep in a big novel!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    This was a fantastic collection of short stories from selected crime authors. Some were very dark but enjoyable none the less.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tayla

    Some good stories but I don't think the blurb accurately represents that anthology. Some good stories but I don't think the blurb accurately represents that anthology.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sean Cisneros

    Great short stories . This book has many great short stories from quite a few good authors . Any fan of mystery or just flat out good fiction will love it . Great book .

  27. 5 out of 5

    David Highton

    A good mix of short stories

  28. 4 out of 5

    May

    Some stories better than others. None is memorable though. Just ok for passing the time in lockdown.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Meredith Whitford

    About 2 were interesting or seemed particularly well-written. Most I skimmed through. Very disappointing.

  30. 4 out of 5

    A.N.

    Neat collection of short stories.

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