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Mystery Writers of America Presents: Death Do Us Part | [Harlan Coben, Lee Child, R. L. Stine, Jim Fusilli]

Mystery Writers of America Presents: Death Do Us Part

From the Civil War-era south, to 1950's New York, to the present day's gritty cities and seemingly innocuous suburbs, the 18 stories in this anthology edited by the award-winning mystery writer Harlan Coben chart the complications - always surprising, sometimes deadly - that arise between lovers, dear friends, and even complete strangers coming together for a single, shocking encounter.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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."

Publisher's Summary

From the Civil War-era south, to 1950's New York, to the present day's gritty cities and seemingly innocuous suburbs, the 18 stories in this anthology, edited by the award-winning mystery writer Harlan Coben, chart the complications - always surprising, sometimes deadly - that arise between lovers, dear friends, and even complete strangers coming together for a single, shocking encounter.

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

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    Marsha Sunnyvale, CA, USA 04-22-09
    Marsha Sunnyvale, CA, USA 04-22-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Mystery Writers of America To Death us do part"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karyn 03-25-14
    Karyn 03-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A LOT OF NICE SHORT STORY'S"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Boyce Brentwood, TN, United States 03-09-14
    Boyce Brentwood, TN, United States 03-09-14
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    "Several excellent short stories"
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    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.

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    deepdvr_ca Northern, Ca 02-28-14
    deepdvr_ca Northern, Ca 02-28-14 Member Since 2009

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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    They all had an ending.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    They were all good.


    Do you think Mystery Writers of America Presents needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes yes yes. I love these. Some of these shorts are outstanding. Worth the wading through the not so goods.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Theodore Lodi, CA, USA 12-20-08
    Theodore Lodi, CA, USA 12-20-08
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    "Mystery Writers of America"

    This one was adequate.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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