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First Thrills Mass Market Paperback – May 24, 2011
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The International Thriller Writers Organization has been doing something about that, publishing collections of original short thriller and crime fiction on a regular basis. The latest of these, FIRST THRILLS, is a masterpiece, comprised of 25 stories that each possesses some quality for recommendation. Nicely balanced between well-known authors and those who will be soon, it is a smorgasbord for readers who require an introduction to the thriller genre but are unsure where to begin. Those who are familiar with some of the contributors will enjoy encountering them in a somewhat different context --- short fiction --- as well as discovering new authors to place on their "must read" lists.
If there is one pervasive element that runs through FIRST THRILLS, it is the apparent inclination of at least some of the authors to take steps outside of their respective comfort zones. John Lescroart's "The Gato Conundrum" is an example. Lescroart, best known for his legal thrillers featuring Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky, here taps into his inner Robert Ludlum with a haunting tale of espionage that is complete in less than 20 pages. Lee Child's "The Bodyguard" is not a Jack Reacher story.Read more ›
So their stories are like a benchmark to the other short stories of newcomers. For example Gregg Hurwitz (The Thief), Rip Gerber (Last Supper) and Alex Kava/Deb Carlin (After Dark) have certainly the potential for writing bestsellers. Their books are like the ones from Child and Deaver. Thrilling.
But this book contains also stories which are ... boring. That's not the place for giving a whole summary. If you like thrillers, this is your book to read. You'll get an impression, which author is able to bind your attention. So this book is a very good decision-making aid for buying new books of relatively unknown writers. That and some very good stories are the reason for 5 stars.
(Please, all you readers, forgive my english. It's just the second review I wrote in english. I promise, I'll improve my english.)
Since the 1980s, the literary quarterly GRANTA has published every 10 years a volume of writings of people it considers the most promising young British and American writers, always in separate volumes. Reading back these issues, they surely confirmed budding talent, proven later on by solid careers, sales and reputations in writing.
But how to provide an audience for budding crime writers? In 2007, the newly-founded International Thrillers Writers, Inc (IWF) published "Killer Year 2007", a collection of crime stories by newcomers. This formula did not work commercially.
Wherupon IWF and established crime writers came with this 2011 alternative: "First Thrills", edited by Lee Child, a collection of 25 crime stories written by 12 bestselling authors and 13 ambitious starters. Most stories stand alone, a few were written by e.g. pairs of practitioners of law enforcement or medicine with established crime writers. But it must be said that few of the aspirants had a clean publishing sheet. The competition to be included in this volume must have been ferocious.
The collection covers many sub-genres and is balanced re m/f contributions. No reader will read them all from start to finish. So this reader's choice in terms of names is irrelevant: All 25 stories are at least pretty good. Half of them are very good, and in my choice of the best six stories female writers outnumber males five to one. Find out who they are. Recommended reading!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The stories were mostly good, some I wish had been a full book some, not so much. Enjoyed and recommend to anyone who likes thrillers.Published 6 months ago by Rick W.
Short stories are great but it leaves me wanting "the rest of the story".Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not at all like a Lee Child book. A total disconnect. Wouldn't recommend it at all. Would rather read his other books again!Published 8 months ago by Menon