Beginning in June, 1962, the Boston area was terrorized for 18 months by an elusive serial killer who sexually assaulted and then strangled a succession of women. Boasting that he was the killer and that he had raped an additional 2,000 victims, Albert DeSalvo's horrific story became the subject of a best-selling book and a major Hollywood movie. But it was all a monstrous hoax: DeSalvo was not the Boston Strangler.
"Too much useless information."
A collection of the best science fiction prose written in 2006 from some of the genre's greatest authors, including James Patrick Kelly, Wil McCarthy, Susan Palwick, Tom Purdom, Robert Reed, Michael Swanwick, James Van Pelt, Howard Waldrop, Alastair Reynolds, Ian McDonald, Mary Rosenblum, Stephen Leigh, and Joe Haldeman.
"Good collection, uneven narration"
Liz Connors is a crime writer who is expert at digging up details even the cops couldn't find. Her lover, Detective Lieutenant Jack Lingemann, is being held without bail on a murder charge, and all Boston is crying for his head. She enlists the help of two reporters and two cop-friends to dig up information that lies buried in the annals of Cambridge history.
The first death at the Kismet Klub in Newbury is put down to a routine ecstasy mishap: tragic for the family involved, but an all too common event. When a second drug-related death is connected to the club, it doesn't occur to Superintendent Gregory Summers that the town could have its first serial killer. But he does discover that the deaths are due to a more unpredictable and dangerous drug than ecstasy.
A grieving mother finds solace from her son’s death in a relationship that quickly blurs the line between friendship and intimacy. By Accident portrays a year in the life of a woman after the accidental death of her teenage son. Laura Lucas is numbed by the loss, a loss that is paralleled in the spate of upscale construction - and attendant destruction - in her starter-home neighborhood. It’s about Laura's relationship with a young tree surgeon who slowly becomes a replacement for her son - but also an object of desire.
It has been 23 years since Aoife Cusack last attended confession. Guilt has prevented her from atoning herself for an incident that led to the death of six people. Now she desperately wants to remedy that. Liam Sullivan also dwells on the events of that day. Recently released from prison, Liam, Aoife’s ex-boyfriend and leader of an IRA cell, has written a best-selling autobiography detailing his role in the Windsor bombing of 1981.
On a damp autumn day, two girls playing truant from school find a body in a remote cottage not far from Hungerford. The dead woman, Gillian Lestrange, was a ghostwriter, engaged in writing the memoirs of a widely disliked retired spy, Lavinia (Vinnie) Latham. The mystery thickens when Superintendent Gregory Summers discovers that Gillian was a ghost in more ways than one – she has been presumed dead for the past fifteen years. Somebody paid the price for Gillian’s first death, and a heavy price it was.
Freelance writer Liz Connors is receiving anonymous hate mail from some psycho. Someone she knows? When she recieves the first death threat, Liz thinks it's somebody's idea of a sick joke. When they start coming weekly and grow steadily more graphic, she admits she's a little unnerved.
Recession has visited Boston freelance writer Liz Connors with a vengeance: the magazine that is her main source of income has folded, and her financial future is looking grim. So Liz jumps at the chance when the enormously successful true-crime author Griffin Marcus hires her to research the grisly, ritualistic slayings of seven local women. Although the cops are convinced they've nailed the serial killer, Liz is not so sure.