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Favorite Kills (Top Suspense Anthologies Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Dave Zeltserman , Lee Goldberg , Joel Goldman , Ed Gorman , Harry Shannon , Bill Crider , Vicki Hendricks , Max Allan Collins , Paul Levine , Libby Hellmann
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Book Description

We're back. We hope you're sitting down, and that you've finally caught your breath from Top Suspense, our first bestselling anthology. You're about to take another screaming thrill ride with twelve master storytellers. Each Top Suspense Group author is an award winning, highly acclaimed pro whose compelling and unforgettable tales have been published all over the world—and, in some cases, have even become blockbuster movies and TV shows.

In this book, Favorite Kills, we've collected our very best short stories. All major prize-winning tales and personal favorites, each one a knock-out punch of suspense.

So hold on tight my friend, or better yet, tie yourself down. You're in for another breathtaking wild ride of seething sex and unexpected twists, dark humor, and certain death. And when it's all over, and you're sitting there spent and satisfied, soaked in a flop sweat of terror and exhilaration, we're gonna be right there to bring you even more.

Favorite Kills includes:

Archie’s Been Framed by Dave Zeltserman
Night Nurse by Harry Shannon
Solomon & Lord Drop Anchor by Paul Levine
Number 19 byNaomi Hirahara
Sweet Dreams by Vicki Hendricks
House Rules by Libby Fischer Hellmann
Angie by Ed Gorman
Knife Fight by Joel Goldman
Jjack Webb’s Star by Lee Goldberg
Restraint by Stephen Gallagher
Top of the World by Bill Crider
A Matter of Principal by Max Allan Collins

About the Top Suspense Group:

Whether you're looking for mystery, horror, thriller, western or crime fiction, you can always count on the award-winning authors at TOP SUSPENSE to deliver a great e-reading experience with their dozens of highly-acclaimed books. The Top Suspense authors are established professionals whose books have been published world-wide, graced national & international bestseller lists, and sparked the imaginations of Hollywood's top filmmakers (the Oscar winning "Road to Perdition") and television producers (the Emmy-winning "Monk"). Top Suspense authors: Max Allan Collins, Bill Crider, Stephen Gallagher, Lee Goldberg, Joel Goldman, Ed Gorman, Libby Fischer Hellmann, Vicki Hendricks, Naomi Hirahara, Paul Levine, Harry Shannon and Dave Zeltserman.

Product Details

  • File Size: 961 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Top Suspense Books (February 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00757WMQQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,757 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short fiction is not a dying art form February 5, 2012
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Once again the Top Suspense Group has assembled an anthology of some of the greatest suspense short fiction you'll read this year. The Top Suspense Group is a collective consisting of multiple award-winning authors with millions of books in print.

This year they've raised the stakes, collecting their very best short stories, all major prize-winning tales and personal favorites, each one a knock-out punch of suspense. It's a breathtaking, wild ride of seething sex and unexpected twists, dark humor, and certain death. This suspense writing cabal consists of Max Allan Collins, Bill Crider, Stephen Gallagher, Lee Goldberg, Joel Goldman, Ed Gorman, Libby Fischer Hellmann, Vicki Hendricks,, Naomi Hirahara, Paul Levine, Harry Shannon and Dave Zeltserman.

Rarely has a more dangerous group of individuals been assembled! Killers, one an all... the unforgettable characters of course. The the first story by Dave Zeltserman, is the second Julius Katz story in the series and won the Ellery Queen Mystery Readers Award for favorite story in 2010. If you aren't familiar with the Julius Katz series, he is Boston's brilliant and eccentric PI. The story is entitled "Archie's Been Framed" Archie is Julius's secretary, research assistant, official biographer, and all around man Friday but in actuality, Archie is a two-inch piece of advanced technology Julius wears as a tie clip. When Archie is accused of murder Julius must figure out who, what, and why.

Next story is by one of my favorite authors, Harry Shannon and entitle "Night Nurse" and was nominated for the Stoker Award for horror, and won the Black Quill Award. After reading this story you never flirt with a nurse again.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Crime Anthology February 24, 2012
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The Top Suspense Group has unleashed on the public their latest anthology. In a collection which would do Jim Thompson proud, this is a hard boiled collection for fans of the genre. There is also a brief mention of each author's current work between stories so as to allow the reader the opportunity to further sample the writings. As I encounter more and more of these collections, I become increasingly convinced we are in a golden age of genre writing not seen since the 1930's pulp era.

The collection begins with Dave Zeltserman's "Archie's Been Framed". Archie is the narrator of the story and personal assistant to Julius Katz, a private investigator who hates to leave his house. Archie is also a secret computer program of immense sophistication which resides in Katz's tie clasp. The story is told from Archie's POV. In this tale, someone has managed to frame Archie for a murder he didn't commit. Since Archie lacks corporal form, this could never have happened. And it's up to Archie to give Katz all the information he needs to find the real killer.

Next is "Night Nurse" by Harry Shannon. A sick man is admitted to a hospital and starts wondering why he isn't getting any better. The only person who seems to care about him is the night nurse. A gripping ending.

"Solomon and Lord Drop Anchor" by Paul Levine concerns the adventures of Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord, two Miami lawyers who spend more time arguing than solving cases. The two find themselves on a fishing boat owned by a man who's trying to get out of paying Solomon's mentor what he owes her. The story reminded me of The Thin Man series.

Naomi Hirahara's "Number 19' is a bitter tale with a depressing ending. A tired waitress tries to strike up a friendship with a Korean masseuse.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FAVORITE KILLS -GREAT ANTHOLOGY February 4, 2012
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The Top suspense Group has done it, again. Their new crime anthology, FAVORITE KILLS, contains eleven stories from some of the finest, most talented authors currently writing in the genre. There's not a loser in the bunch - each and every story is unique and comes at you from a different perspective or creative area of the genre, but all are very well written and sustain the readers interest straight through to the last page of the last story. Whether you like action, drama, horror and/or humor mixed in with your crime fiction, FAVORITE KILLS obliges, and every story is a gem in itself. Every one of the eleven included stories in this anthology takes the reader in a different, unique direction while sharing the commonality of being an excellent page-turner. This is a fantastically entertaining anthology and well worth purchasing!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Kills February 3, 2012
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Five star fiction top to bottom, Favorite Kills contains fun, fast-moving short stories written by 12 award winning authors. From amusing (Archie's Been Framed) to dark and creepy (Night Nurse) with every shade of crime tale in between. Enjoyed the first anthology from 2011 a lot and liked this one almost as much. Well worth a read
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Return Of The Top Suspence Group" A++++++++++ February 5, 2012
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The Top suspense Group return with their new crime anthology, 'FAVORITE KILLS' and it is very welcome!
I read their first anthology 'Top Suspence' and was blown away by the great fiction and yet again they hit a home run with a second installment.

You get Eleven stories for your hard earned cash and each one is worth every penny, they all bring something different. Action, horror, drama and even a bit of humor! Archie's Been Framed by David Zeltserman had me laughing out loud while reading it...

One thing I like about The Top Suspense Group is they bring you authors with so many different styles and maybe authors you have not read and after reading 'Favorite Kills' i'm sure you will come away thinking 'wow' I have never heard or read him/her I must look for their other fiction, I did and I like that because you not only come away having enjoyed the fiction but you get a bonus by discovering a future favorite author that you may not ever have come across.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A whole bunch of new favorite authors
This book had me shopping on my Kindle after almost every story. Consequently it took me a long time to actually finish it. I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite. But. Read more
Published 14 months ago by SK Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this in one sitting...
Wonderful stories, I could not put down the book! I read it in my Kindle ebook and everyone at work wanted to know what I was so engaged in.
Published 18 months ago by stonehead5
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit heavy on the promotions
Great stories, great authors. Very enjoyable! The in between the stories blurbs and ads for the authors' works do get a bit old, though. Just my take on it. Read more
Published 19 months ago by H. S. Miller
1.0 out of 5 stars depressing anthology with only two good stories
I am an avid mystery reader and cannot remember a more depressing anthology of human depravity. Don't waste your time
Published 19 months ago by mystery lover
3.0 out of 5 stars Easyily read sampler for readers looking for something new
Favorite Kills, Top Suspense Best from 12 Masters of the Game, Harry Shannon is an e-book consisting of selected, previously published, short stories by 12 "better known suspense... Read more
Published 20 months ago by John H. Manhold
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots Of Fun Stories
This is a collection of stories from various authors. Harry Shannon's Night Nurse is a good tale that puts you right into the main character's head. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dave Wilde
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine collection of Bests
FAVORITE KILLS is a top collection of favorite and award-winning and award-nominated short suspense and/or horror fiction. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jan Strnad
4.0 out of 5 stars Wide selection - all suspense, thrillers and mysteries
While other "mystery" anthologies may add in flavors of other genres, this is described accurately - favorite kills. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Tristan
2.0 out of 5 stars I did not care for the story selections
All of the stories I read in this collection occur in modern times. For my taste, they were too crude. I read four or five before sending the book to my cloud. --Dr. William H. Read more
Published 24 months ago by authorsbooknook
4.0 out of 5 stars I don't usually go for short story anthologies, but glad I found this...
First of all, a lot of my favorite authors are included here. And I really enjoyed their stories. A lot. Read more
Published on December 9, 2012 by Ms Beastle
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