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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd (June 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780099462255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099462255
  • ASIN: 0099462257
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,359,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A diverting introduction to fifteen of the more interesting crime writers now at work.” (Washington Post ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Desire leaves a man destroyed ... A young girl's curiosity reveals secrets better left hidden ... Jealousy drives a woman mad ... An obsession with numbers precipitates a deadly revenge ... Ambition leads to a curious exchange ... An uncanny likeness changes two lives forever ... The hand of fate lies buried in the past ...

An unforgettable novel in seventeen parts by some of the most prestigious crime writers working today.

One bracelet, seventeen charms ...

From nineteenth-century Georgia, where the bracelet is forged in fire, to wartime Leeds, the seedy underside of London's Soho, a Manhattan taxi, the frozen cliffs of Nova Scotia, and back to Georgia, each writer weaves a gripping story of murder, betrayal, and intrigue.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By RachelWalker on May 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The basis of this short-story collection is an original and intriguing one: each story, while entirely independent, follows the life of a charm bracelet, from its creation in Georgia in 1803, through time and across oceans, until it eventually ends up back in Georgia again. In each story, the bracelet plays its part, almost always brining bad luck to the one who has come to possess it. It's a short-story collection that could almost be read as a quirky novel. The only downside to this idea is that the connections of each story, through the life of the charm bracelet, should in some cases be made a lot clearer - once or twice it was hard or impossible to create a logical connection between one story and the next, and the old "so and so bought in an Pawn/Antique Shop" device was greatly overused - then as a whole this collection would be more powerful than it is.
The stories are incredibly varied; set in times and places as different as the American South in the 19th century to wartime Leeds in the 20th. In one, an accusation has dire consequences. In another, a train journey becomes anything but mundane. A sax player ends up getting more than he bargained for when he does a favour for a friend. A school-teacher's outing to London turns altogether more twisted. And a desperate writer makes a fateful purchase in exchange for inspiration...
I am very much a devotee of the short-story; they are perfect for slotting into a dead half-hour, ideal if you want a single-sitting read. Quick pleasure, instant satisfaction - if they're of quality. And, if you pick right - maybe one of Ruth Rendell's beautifully twisted masterpieces, of Ian McEwan's elegant, concise works - then they can be just as good as a novel.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brenda VINE VOICE on June 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The dark, haunting cover foreshadows the disturbing malevolence that seeps from its pages. The voices of these collaborating authors are sinister, and every author is well-known in the mystery/suspense genre. But before you drop $21.95 for this book, be aware that these are not stories of murder and intrigue, but of death and misery. They are short stories with odd characters, titillating content, and startling revelations or actions. These stories reach the depths of obsession, insanity, and sin to show the deep, dark, even perverse sides of their characters, chilling readers to the core.
The stories take place in America and England at various times in history, and each chapter and each life is linked to a certain charm. The first story -- an erotic tale -- shows how a bracelet is cursed. It goes on from there....
_Like a Charm_ is for readers who like their stories dark, explicit, and sometimes bizarre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle L. Beck VINE VOICE on December 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
I really wanted to give this one a try, but where there was potential, this novel failed. I hate to say it, but while I thought the premise was extremely creative...just imagine the story behind a charm bracelet and it's charms, the writing (different authors) fell flat. I really wanted to finish this book..and had to recheck it out of the library several times before I could finish it. Maybe the problem was that there were different authors, and not just one author with a vision. While this works with other authors, like those that collaborated on the Naked Came the Manatee novel, it didn't for these. I would recommend that if you are so moved to read it, make sure you get it from your local library.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This sixteen collection anthology revolves around a charm bracelet that brings misfortune to the holder. The tales are unique yet build off where the previous story left off. Beginning in the Georgia Mountains in 1803, continuing in 1839 and on into the twentieth century, the bracelet moves from one ill-fated soul whose story is unfolded until at the end of the tale, another person holds the bracelet and his or her story is told in the next chapter.
The fifteen contributors (Karin Slaughter opens and closes the anthology) seem to have enjoyed adding their spin to the book because all the inputs are well written and loaded with action and suspense. The "charmed characters" surprisingly for the most part come across as genuine regardless of their era and location (the bracelet gets around). LIKE A CHARM is gimmicky, but fans of interconnected short stories will appreciate this delightful thriller that lives up to its title as readers will enjoy this suspenseful interrelated compilation.
Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne on June 15, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A great collection of stories written about one charm bracelet which takes you on all sorts of twists and turns in time and circumstances. Each story related to the next and keeping you interested and waiting for the next chapter. A great read.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A so-so short story collection that is loosely tied together with a charm that crops up in each story. The voices, pacing, themes are really too disparate to make this anything more than an intro to some of the authors or just a plain short story collection. Wasn't interesting enough to propel me through it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HutsonJules on July 5, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I bought this book as it contained many authors that i enjoy and thought, what a great idea, lots of short stories from all my favourite authors; especially John Connolly.. however i was very disappointed to see that his contribution was the same story as his Monkeys Inkwell from Nocturnes, which i had already bought and read. So that was a real let down.
Some of the stories were pretty good, others were just okay and some i didnt enjoy. Pity as it could have been really good but it falls short.
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Karin Slaughter is a New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author. She is a native of Georgia.

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