This is a collection of short stories by Bill Pronzini, alone or with collaborators, with the common theme of the commission of some crime. The crime is typically, but not always murder, and the settings, moods, and other particulars vary considerably. Some are.
classic "whodunits", some are frankly scary, some very odd, others quite conventional, some are funny. And all are short and tightly written - which is more than half the fun for the reader. The entire collection was written over a span of many years, so some of the narrative may seem dated to some 21st century readers, which is why I gave it four stars - but this is really a very minor failing. As entertaining, clever writing, it's easily a "five".