(Mulholland/Little,Brown, $25.99) is jam-packed with dark and violent
stories by 21 different authors.
frequent bestsellers as well as newcomers on the edge of discovery.
Reacher" series) discusses how these particular stories were chosen.
even, maybe even doing a bad thing for a good reason. Or a bad
of America to participate, there was considerable leeway. Child and
the selection committee faced challenges -- they could only accept a
limited number of additional short stories for the anthology.
are many encounters with nasty characters. While most of the action is
set in the United States, foreign locales are deftly used.
offers insights into other talented efforts of the individual writers.
story, dealing with an unsolved case and a possible witness. Of
course there's the unexpected ending, but Connelly is in fine form as
Bosch discovers deadly secrets.
daughter has been badly beaten by the son of a presidential candidate.
She's out for vengeance and gets it in an unusual way, although a
slick troubleshooter tries to smooth things over.
a dying woman and dark revelations about why her daughter died.
intriguing slow revenge by a victim's son.
singer while examining past discretions. Business ethics are the
focus of two stories, while three have religious aspects.
weeks -- just limit yourself to one a day!
Ray Walsh, owner of East Lansing's Curious Book Shop, has reviewed
crime novels and noir thrillers regularly since 1987.