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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (March 9, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440613558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440613558
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,542,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Penzler, the founder of Mysterious Press and owner of the Mysterious Bookshop (in New York, Los Angeles, and London), has established himself as one of the premier crime-fiction anthologists at work today. Murder for Love (1996) lodged a high-water mark for quality mystery collections, and this year's entry isn't far behind. Revenge comprises 12 never-before-published stories from an illustrious assortment of authors ranging from genre giants (Lawrence Block, Mary Higgins Clark, Joan Hess) to drop-ins from the mainstream (Joyce Carol Oates) to the unclassifiable (Shel Silverstein). Revenge as a subject may be a bit more distancing than love, focusing on obsession more than passion, but these stories work the topic for all its worth. The jewel in the crown is difficult to identify, but one strong candidate is Vicki Hendricks' "West End," in which a sailing trip offers a fed-up wife the opportunity she needs to give her control-freak husband the comeuppance he deserves. A richly entertaining theme anthology. Bill Ott --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Kirkus Reviews

Once you're aware of the rubric the title announces--tit for tat--you know a lot about the plots of most of these dozen new stories, more than you would have known about the plots of the stories in Penzler's Murder for Love (1996), since the possibilities within these present confines are so well-worn. Mostly, you have a choice between the turning worm (Vicki Hendricks, Joan Hess, Judith Kelman, Eric Lustbader, David Morrell) and the biter bit (Peter Straub, in a ghoulish hundred-page remake of Melville's ``Bartleby''). A few of the contributors go further. Phillip Margolin adds some welcome ingenuity; Lawrence Block and Joyce Carol Oates put unexpected spins on their stories, as does Shel Silverstein on his poem, that keep you guessing; Mary Higgins Clark, in a Perils-of-Pauline tale of international intrigue, seems to be playing with another deck entirely. But only Thomas H. Cook's somber ``Fatherhood'' does something genuinely new with the old formula of revenge served cold. More predictable, then, than the tales in Murder for Love (1996), though the level of professionalism is more consistent. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Otto Penzler is the proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop (www.mysteriousbookshop.com) in New York City and is regarded as the world's foremost authority on crime, mystery and suspense fiction. He founded The Mysterious Press in 1975, which he later sold to Warner Books (1989). He reacquired the imprint in 2010 and it now publishes original books as an imprint at Grove/Atlantic, and both original works and classic crime fiction through MysteriousPress.com (www.mysteriouspress.com), in partnership with Open Road Integrated Media.

Penzler is a prolific editor, and has won two Edgar Awards, for Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection in 1977 and The Lineup in 2010. The Mystery Writers of America awarded him the prestigious Ellery Queen Award in 1994 and the Raven--the group's highest non-writing award--in 2003.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Otto Penzler has invited twelve of the top selling writers of mysteries to contribute a short story to his MURDER BY REVENGE anthology. All of the stories feature someone pushed over the edge, seeking to get even with the pusher. The tales range from comical to venomous to angst-laden, but they all share the fact that they are all well done.
Unlike most anthologies, this collection contains blockbuster stories authored by superstars and they all do a fabulous job. Fans of murderous short stories could not get a better selection than those in this anthology. Contributors are a who's who, who all succeed: Laurence Block, Mary Higgins Clark, Thomas Cooke, Vicki Hendricks, Joan Hess, Judith Kelman, Eric Lustlaber, Philip Margolin, David Morell, Joyce Carol Oates, Shel Silverstein, and Peter Straub.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first thing that I saw was the cover. Then I flipped through the book, looking at the table of contents. The reason I bought the book is somewhat hazy--but it had something to do with Shel Silverstein.
Since I bought this book a few weeks before finals, I was trying so hard not to read it...I couldn't help it. I read it. All the way through. I thoroughly enjoyed it--I loved Shel Silverstein's poem, Mary Higgins Clark's story as well as many others.
Though the cover made me feel embarassed to be holding the book, it is worth being teased for reading something that looks like pulp fiction. If you like this book, read "Murder for Love" as well. It's just as good, and some of the same writers write stories/poems for it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Angel L. Soto on August 26, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When one picks up an anthology titled MURDER FOR REVENGE, you expect that all of the stories will have revenge murders as its theme. That is not the case with this collection.
Some of the stories, such as Lawrence Block's A BONE IN THE THROAT and Judith Kelman's ERADICUM HOMO HORIBILUS, involve characters seeking retribution after events of many years have passed. Other stories such as Joan Hess's CAVEAT EMPTOR, involve a woman who is taken advantage of and decides to get even in a deadly manner.
There are two stories that seemed misplaced in this book and they are Mary Higgins Clark's POWER PLAYS and Phillip Margolin's ANGIE'S DELIGHT. Granted they are two great authors but neither one of their stories could qualify as murder for revenge. The editor does treat us with a poem by Shel Silverstein titled THE ENEMY that talks about different ways of killing someone. Borrowing the title of Joan Hess's short story and buyer beware. The book's title is misleading and it might not be what you are looking for. Most of the stories are good but they just seem out of place in this collection.
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Format: Audio Cassette
We listened to these stories on audio cd and i asked my wife what things are going round in the heads of these authors ?
I know that in these days its shock tactics that make the money ! even so ?
Cd 7 and 8 were the same ! obviously a fault from the producers but as it was bought for £1 from a charity shop i cant really complain.
Obviously the stories were written very quickly to fit the schedule and i think that shows.
Guess a £1 is what its worth.
Bad language ! sexual deviants ????
Come on you authors you can do better to be original ?
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EdHopper on May 1, 1998
Format: Hardcover
If you like short stories, you won't want to miss this one. A great collection of today's most popular authors.
Skip the last story by Peter Straub -- makes no sense and was out of place with the short stories -- it was a novella.
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