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Top Suspense: 13 Classic Stories by 12 Masters of the Genre (Top Suspense Anthologies) Kindle Edition

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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.

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  • File Size: 517 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
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  • Publisher: Top Suspense Books (February 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074QKGH0
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Sarah W on March 20, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
When I first sat down with this anthology I only intended to read one or two stories before getting some work done. I thoroughly enjoyed "Unreasonable Doubt" by Max Allan Collins, so I took a peek at the next story. And the next.

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)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By D. H. Williams on March 20, 2011
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I would call this a book so good that you have to put it down. Each story in this collection is rich with a noir flavor of its own and a lushness of language that is too rich to soak up at one sitting. I had to take a break between each one to absorb the intensity, tone and twisted plotting.
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.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By dana kabel on March 20, 2011
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The stories in this collection are fast-paced and raw. It's like listening to your favorite band's garage album. Any of these stories alone would be well worth the price tag, but all of them for less than three bucks is a steal.
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.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 21, 2011
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I had the problem with Top Suspense that I have with really good potato chips - had a heck of a time setting it down. In fact, I read most of it in one day after finishing an onerous professional obligation, and sitting in the sun and reading great stories was absolutely the way to recover. While the stories are terrific, I really appreciate the variety here - there is a classic PI story from Max Allan Collins, and a sexy Southern noir from Vicki Hendricks, a mystery set in Japanese-American post-war California by Naomi Hirahara, the story of a burglar who can't forget an elephant by Libby Fischer Hellman and the hilarious Remaindered by Lee Goldberg (required reading for any aspiring writer). You can't miss with this variety - pick it up and find your own favorite.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gayle Carline on March 22, 2011
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I really like anthologies, and this one did not disappoint. These stories read as though the writers were having fun in their genre. Some of the tales are noir in tone, and some seem like they are straight out of the Twilight Zone, but I enjoyed them all. The last story is a fun exercise, written by all of the authors. My favorite tales were Remaindered and Unreasonable Doubt, and The Baby Store creeped me out. I will be returning to these stories, just for an occasional thrill.
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