Top Suspense: 13 Classic Stories by 12 Masters of the Genre (Top Suspense Anthologies) Kindle Edition
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After an hour and a half of "just-one-more," I'd read the entire anthology.
If you need an example of truth in advertising, Top Suspense will do the job! Each memorable story evokes a strong reaction, whether humor or horror, noir-weary despair or holy crap shock. Several work a combination and some of them manage all four. My reaction to the reveal in Ed Gorman's "The Baby Store" made the lady next to me the café ask if I was all right (I wasn't sure).
There's something for every suspense fan in this anthology, from noir to crime to borderline horror. If you aren't particularly fond of the genre, this anthology might change your mind. It's a great introduction to suspense written right.
(Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this anthology in advance for review purposes)
Leading off, Max Allan Collins in "Unreasonable Doubt" describes an "Illinois spring that was stubbornly still winter." He has created a true vintage noir with an ex-Marine PI who visits LA, meets a woman who "had everything Jane Russell did except a movie contract" and has a client get blown-up. Bill Crider in "Death's Brother writes of "girls with gams" and the poetry professor who quotes Keats and drinks Wild Turkey falling under the spell of a classic femme fatale. In "Jade Elephant" Libby Fischer Hellmann sums up a whole cultural upheaval in the sentence - "the street was full of Boris's and Wan Chu's these days, Tony and Vito had been relegated to also-rans."
I couldn't help but chuckle at "Remaindered" by Lee Goldberg which features a writer who has gone from being the up-and-coming "voice of a new generation" to signing books at the "K-Mart in Spokane - competing for attention against a tray of bargain begonias." There he gets lucky and unlucky with a sexy librarian who has a house full of signed first editions.
There are great characters and surprising plot turns in each story. "Fire in the Sky," Joel Goldman's depression era tale intertwines stories of love, luck, larceny and hope centered around a hauntingly beautiful girl who appears every night in a pageant set in a park fountain.Read more ›
Max Allan Collins, creator of my favorite hit man, Quarry, leads off the collection with one of his other popular series characters, detective Nathan Heller.
Other highlights include The Canary by Dave Zeltserman, author of the critically acclaimed novel The Caretaker of Lorne Field and recently released Blood Crimes. The Canary is a tight crime story with a twist. Ed Gorman delivers a disturbing look at the future of genetic engineering in The Baby Store. And Harry Shannon surprises with a fresh take on the hit man story in A Handful of Dust.
The whole collection is rounded up with a collaboration by all of the contributors in The Chase, which is about a bad bitch, a bag of money, and a handful of greedy bad guys. It's a great read and I had fun trying to guess who wrote which parts. There is a link at the end of the story to find out who wrote what.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting read.... Nice collection of short stories... Most of them had a twist to deliver the unexpected climax to the story.Published 13 months ago by Hari
I was really disappointed - the stories were just average. I thought I was getting the 13 best suspense stories.Published on February 11, 2013 by Amazon Customer
"Hold on tight for a literary thrill-ride into the wickedly clever, frightening, and exhilarating world of Top Suspense, a sizzling collaboration of twelve master storytellers... Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by Marge
Of course, these stories kept me interested, and some really surprised me. But all were well written, in some way unusual and beautifully detailed. Great weekend read.Published on September 23, 2012 by Ms Beastle
This book is enjoyable to read, but lackls the suspense and/or unusual endings that I expected. I would not recommend it to my friends.Published on September 21, 2012 by lloyd singer
Most of the stories were great nail-biting suspense. A few had me worried about turning out the light. Read morePublished on April 15, 2012 by d. m. Evans
This is a really fun book to read!!!!! I have to say I bought it on kindle and did not know what to expect. It was really hard to put down!!Published on April 7, 2012 by True Crime Fan
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