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Death Do Us Part: New Stories about Love, Lust, and Murder Hardcover – August 28, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; First Edition edition (August 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316012505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316012508
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,973,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The latest anthology from the Mystery Writers of America offers a high quality assortment of stories propelled by human passions behind crimes both hot- and cold-blooded. Despite the participation of such noted authors as Coben, Charles Todd, Laura Lippman and R.L. Stine, the gems come from lesser knowns. The standout is Charles Ardai's "The Home Front," a noir tale that Cornell Woolrich fans will relish, recounting the travails of a WWII-era federal agent whose role in the accidental death of a black marketer haunts him and leads to further disaster. Brendon DuBois's "The Last Flight," a taut tale of revenge, and Lee Child's "Safe Enough," about a dark secret uniting an upscale woman and her electrician, will also linger for many readers. Cozy and fair-play fans won't find much specifically aimed at them, but fans of quality short fiction should be satisfied. (Aug.)
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From Booklist

It's true what they say: love hurts. Sample this collection of relationship-oriented mystery stories by Ridley Pearson, Harlan Coben, Lee Child, and 15 others, and you'll see just how much. All except Coben's contribution are published here for the first time, and they run the gamut from good to great: stories of love, hate, and betrayal. The only misfire is Coben's 1997 story, "Entrapped," which is good but uncomfortably similar to Vanishing Act, a 1986 TV movie by Columbo creators Richard Levinson and William Link. Aside from that bit of a letdown, mystery fans will find much to enjoy, and it's nice to see what authors known for their novels can do with short stories. David Pitt
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Tom Savage is the author of five suspense novels: Precipice, Valentine, The Inheritance, Scavenger, and A Penny for the Hangman. He wrote two detective novels under the name T. J. Phillips, Dance of the Mongoose and Woman in the Dark. His short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and anthologies edited by Lawrence Block, Harlan Coben, and Michael Connelly. His bestselling novel, Valentine, was made into a Warner Bros. film. In his younger days he was a professional actor, and he also wrote a Broadway show, Musical Chairs. Raised in the Virgin Islands, he lives in New York City, where he worked for many years at Murder Ink®, the world's first mystery bookstore. Visit his website/blog at: www.tomsavagebooks.com

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Each of the nineteen stories is from an established writer.
Jerry Saperstein
Harlan Coben, the editor, brought together some of today's best mystery writers to create this book of 19 short stories, including one of his own "Entrapped".
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Anthologies of short stories by different authors are usually a collection of a few gems, a few all right stories and a few fillers.
James N Simpson

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Saperstein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This anthology of 19 truly great mystery stories is presented by the Mystery Writers of America (a fine association of not only authors, but readers too!) is edited by Harlan Coben. It is as perfect as an anthology can be.

Each of the nineteen stories is from an established writer. Most have won or been repeatedly nominated for various awards. No warmed-over, previously published material here: all nineteen stories are original. Nor are there excerpts of the writer's novels: this stuff is fresh and new. Coben wisely doesn't present the author bios until after all the stories and much to credit of editor and authors alike, the bios aren't pure puffery and hyperbole.

I can't tell you what my favorite was, because all nineteen stories are terrific. Jeff Abbott, author of "Panic" and "Fear", two fine thrillers, sets up a tense father-son-wife story. R. L. Stine provides something of a "shaggy dog" story that involves love in a strange way. Harlen Coben presents a story of a very crafty wife. Tim Wohlforth contributes a gem about a man's ideal relationship that leads to an unfortunate bit of snooping. All nineteen stories are simply great reads.

Oh - and if you didn't guess already, all nineteen stories are true to the cover blurb: they involve love, lust and murder.

Good stuff. Not to be missed.

Jerry
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James N Simpson on March 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
Anthologies of short stories by different authors are usually a collection of a few gems, a few all right stories and a few fillers. Death Do Us Part is a collection where all but two are great reads, they are not all masterpieces granted, but there are more than the usual number of those as well. I was interested in this book just to read Coben's story Entrapped as I had not read it before when it was first published in 1997, and its pretty hard to come across Mary Higgins Clark's Mystery Magazine let alone that edition to read it anyway. Coben is not the only great author here, so many others have written great tales and the other authors are all freshly published as well. Like all great short story collections, Death Do Us Part gives the reader a chance to sample authors they've heard of but never read before as well as introduces to them lesser known authors to add to their lists of future reads to track down. There's also a brief and very helpful summary of each author at the end of the collection, so those looking know where to begin.

In reviewing what the stories within are about I'll start first with my favourite ones (undoubtedly your list would start differently). My list starts with the editor and Coben's story Entrapped. A wife reports her husband missing to police only to discover he is at home. Only the person at home does not look or sound like her husband but he is the same guy the police show her that is in the photograph she gave them. Is she going insane? Could he really be her husband after all?

Wifey a story by normally child and young adult author R. L. Stine proves to the world that he can write sensational stories for any market.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CC on September 5, 2010
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I found these Mystery Writers of America anthologies by accident--and now, can't get enough. I treated myself to the latest--and paid more attention to the stories than to the beautiful Cape Cod surf and sand. Please keep these coming...my guilty pleasure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bigmother on September 12, 2011
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The stories didn't fail to excite. The stories were moderate length; I could put them down
and get back to them without losing story line.

There were enough old friends to make the stories warm and comfortable and enough new
writers to look forward to Death do us Part Vol 2.

Thankyou
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FictionAddiction.NET on May 25, 2007
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Harlan Coben's short story "Entrapped" is about a woman whose husband goes missing. When she arrives home from the police station, she finds an imposter husband waiting for her and the charade begins.

All of the stories are filled with common elements that make for a great mystery; secrets, deceit, love, lust, drama and of course the most important ingredient, murder. Readers will find at least one of their favorite writer's works and be able to sample several new writers as well.

R. L. Stine tells a tale of a murdering best friend who's left with his victim's "talking" dog. The dog witnessed the whole murder. That, combined with paranoia and guilt, makes for a well written and very imaginative story.

A few of the writers that readers will look forward to include Lee Childs, Ridley Pearson, R.L Stine, Laura Lippman and P.J Parrish.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robdiggers on November 14, 2006
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To sum the book up in one word that would be it, Fantastic!! This is such a wonderful collections of stories. Each story different from the other but all keeping the same themes. My favorites were Safe Enough, Home Front, Till Death Do Us Part and Entrapped. However all were fantastic. I recommend that you get this book, you will not be disappointed.
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