With a few exceptions, I am disappointed in this collection of shorts. Great concept but what a bunch of lousy submissions apart from Jeffery Deaver's 'Born Bad'. The book is worth it just for this story.
Did these, for the most part well known and highly regarded writers, do a quickie favor for the editor? It would appear so. The average reader will be able to guess at the ending about a paragraph into the story. Second, the "dangerous women" seem to be stuck on sadism against men originating in lack of or too much of - you got it, sex. And finally, apart from one or two selections, the shorts derive their plot line from mainly noirish elements...cops, tough guys...bleak urban landscapes, and yes...dangerous femmes fatales...give me a break.
You want dangerous women? See Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity or read the novel by James Cain.
Saw "Dangerous Women" short stories listed on Nelson Demille site. Was excited to see many of my favorite authors listed; Dever, M Connelly, DeMille(of course)...thought it was good chance to brief on other's style, etc.