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From Hawaii at the turn of the twentieth century to the post - Civil War frontier, from smoggy Los Angeles to the woods of Idaho, these gripping stories trace the perils and occasional triumphs of lawmen and women who put themselves in harm's way to face down the bad guys. Some of them even walk the edge of becoming bad guys themselves.

In T. Jefferson Parker's "Skinhead Central", an ex-cop and his wife find unexpected menace in the idyllic setting they have chosen for their retirement. In Alafair Burke's "Winning", a female officer who is attacked in the line of duty must protect her own husband from his worst impulses. In Edward D. Hoch's "Friday Night Luck", a wanna-be cop blows his chance at a spot on the force---and breaks his case. In Michael Connelly's "Father's Day", Harry Bosch faces one of his most emotionally trying cases, investigating a young boy's death.

The magnificent and never-before-published Connelly story alone is worth the price of admission and---combined with eighteen unexpected tales from crime's modern masters---makes this an unmissable collection.

©2008 Mystery Writers of America, Inc.; (P)2008 Tantor

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"A high-quality anthology.... This is one of those rare themed anthologies that can be enjoyed at one sitting." (Publishers Weekly)

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This selection may not be what you expect

These short stories are not bad. However, even though they are from the Mystery Writers of America, they are not mysteries. These are a series of stories about the lives and personalities of police and ex-police. Some are good, some are not. Just be warned that even though one of these stories is by Michael Connelly, these are not anything like Connelly's Harry Bosch stories, or any type of mystery story at all.

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If you love short stories, this is for you!

This is a great collection of short stories that feature cops as main characters.

As another reviewer mentioned, many are not traditional mysteries. Some simply explore the world from a cop's-eye view. All the stories are standalones - they don't tie into an author's existing series. If you don't already like short stories, please consider these issues before buying.

If you are a fan of the short story form, however, you've just found a big buffet of really good food. There's enough variety to keep things interesting. Some stories have intriguing twists and others just make you think.

I've listened to several short story collections lately and this one was especially good.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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