An International Fiction Award-winner, Different Kinds of Dead displays Ed Gorman's talents as a masterful storyteller. This collection offers the murder-themed dark tales "Different Kinds of Dead", in which a lonely car salesman learns life lessons from a dead woman sitting shotgun in his car; "Deathman", about a killer who enjoys juicy steaks prior to murdering his victims; and "A Girl Like You", about a misunderstood teenage boy who endures a fleeting and painful romance with a ghost.
Gorman also touches on futuristic fiction, as "Loverboy" offers a peek into a marriage strained by a husband's addiction to cyber-sex parlors and holographic women. His protagonists, gritty and gruff, are strangely likeable, and his writing, according to Mystery News, is "powerful, disturbing and often poetic."
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These are ok. They are better than some "thriller" writers that I've read. I have to say I'm not a big fan of Rudnicki's narration, as I've stated elsewhere he seems to be a little too proud of his deep voice and reads too ponderously for me, as if he wants to emphasize his voice even more and I wish he was more fleet of foot with his narration. The others were fine as far as I recall. The last couple stories may be the best. A little Stephen King-ish at times, which is not a good thing, in my opinion; and like King I think there is an urge to be prolific, getting a story out, instead of working hard on the style and plot. Overall a good mixture of story types, mainly "suspense", a little supernatural tossed in.
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