Eighteen fine mystery writers contribute to a collection of "love-and-hate stories" that, as editor Harlan Coben warns in the introduction, end badly for somebody. The narrators do a superb job, whether it's getting into the persona of a federal agent in "The Home Front" or a hysterical wife in Coben's "Entrapped" or setting the scene in "The Last Flight" or re-creating a tense father-son situation in "A Few Small Repairs." "Part Light, Part Memory," told by the daughter of a man lynched in 1865, will stick with listeners, as will the rat-a-tat-tat delivery of "Cyberdate.com."
In Lee Child's "Safe Enough", a blue-collar city boy takes up with a wealthy suburban wife, with dire consequences. In Harlan Coben's "Entrapped", a woman's husband disappears and is replaced by a handsome impostor. In Laura Lippman's "One True Love", a high-end prostitute seeks a radical solution to a public relations problem. Finally, in P. J. Parrish's "One Shot", a man returns to his childhood home to learn the truth about a long-ago tragedy.
Other contributors of original stories include Ridley Pearson, R. L. Stine, Jim Fusilli, Jeff Abbott, Charles Todd, and Tom Savage.
©2006 Mystery Writers of America, Inc.; (P)2008 Tantor
I was very disappointed in the stories and the coloration of Harlen Coben with the other writers. I have read other works of Harlen Coben and enjoyed his work. I will be deleting both parts 1 and 2 from my Ipod Library and Ipod.
I will wait for my credit to add up again.
These short stories are right up your alley, if you like murder, mayhem and mishap with hubby, wife and or friend. I don't have a favorite, but there wasn't any I didn't dislike, except maybe one that ended to abruptly.
I usually expect a book of short stories to have a few excellent stories which I thoroughly enjoy and all the others in which I have no interest at all. This one was no exception. Five of the twenty stories were fascinating and the other fifteen held my attention for about three minutes each and I did not listen further. My short fuse for a good story might be unusual, but I have learned from long experience that, for me, if I'm not all in by the end of the first page, I am not going to be in at all. That does not bother me. The five excellent stories were worth the price of the book and I am well satisfied and entertained.
I like these anthologies by the MWA. Some of the stories are great and you think this would have made a great book. Some, you just go ok, I got this as part of the whole short story book. I like that some of these writers who I listen to all the time step outside of their normal character base.
They all had an ending.
They were all good.
Yes yes yes. I love these. Some of these shorts are outstanding. Worth the wading through the not so goods.
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