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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Prime Books; First Edition edition (March 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607013843
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607013846
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just fun to read.
Carol B. White
I think this anthology will appeal to people who enjoy urban fantasy, science fiction, or paranormal fiction.
Laura Jennison
That is a very important bit of information I was not aware of when I bought the book.
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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful By paula r guran on March 25, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Since the contents are not listed, thought I would supply it. As the description points out these are: "Some of the best twenty-first century tales from top authors of the century's most popular genre"--a selection of the best stories published in the past few years on this theme.

Contents (alphabetical by author):
"Cryptic Coloration" by Elizabeth Bear
"The Key" by Ilsa J. Blick
"Mortal Bait" Richard Bowes
"Star of David" by Patricia Briggs
"Love Hurts" by Jim Butcher
"Swing Shift" by Dana Cameron
"The Necromancer's Apprentice" by Lillian Stewart Carl
"Sherlock Holmes and the Diving Bell" by Simon Clark
"The Adakian Eagle" by Bradley Denton
"Hecate's Golden Eye" by P.N. Elrod
"The Case of Death and Honey" by Neil Gaiman
"The Nightside, Needless to Say" by Simon R. Green
"Deal Breaker" by Justin Gustainis
"Death by Dahlia" by Charlaine Harris
"See Me" by Tanya Huff
"Signatures of the Dead" by Faith Hunter
"The Maltese Unicorn" by Caitlín R. Kiernan
"The Case of the Stalking Shadow" by Joe R. Lansdale
"Like a Part of the Family" by Jonathan Maberry
"The Beast of Glamis" by William Meikle
"Fox Tails" by Richard Parks
"Imposters" by Sarah Monette
"Defining Shadows" by Carrie Vaughn
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
Although the stories in this book are excellent, it should be noted that at least some are reprints of old stories in previous anthologies. It was disappointing to find I had already purchased and read several of the stories. If you are going to just reprint old work, it should be marked on the book that it is not original.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By myotherself VINE VOICE on March 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
Before you make your decision to buy this anthology you need to understand that every story collected here has been previously published, between the years 2004 and 2011 according to the Introduction by editor Paula Guran. That is a very important bit of information I was not aware of when I bought the book. Because I read a lot of books which are collections of specific genres, I found that I had already read quite a few of the stories gathered here. It is always true when you begin reading an anthology that you are very likely to enjoy some of the stories more than others. By having so many I had already read included it substantially reduced the number of new authors I was likely to discover and that is my main reason for reading collections. These stories all feature an investigative detective, some are fully human, some partially human, with vampires and werewolves thrown into the mix.

Just because you recognize the name of an author don't think their contribution will automatically include the main character you are familiar with. Simon Green is one example of this with the story taking place in the Nightside, but featuring a character other than his familiar John Taylor. Still a very enjoyable story, just a slight twist on what you might expect. The Faith Hunter story gives you the first appearance of Jane Yellowrock. Charlaine Harris's story may have the name Dahlia in the title, but her Dahlia Lynley-Chivers is not part of the story. Examples like this are fine for readers who want to explore more characters from a particular author. It can be a disappointment if you expect one character and get another.

The book has some interesting differences from other anthologies which I especially enjoyed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on April 28, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This was an excellently choreographed collection of shirt stories depicting the best of the occult, fantastical, and phatasmagoric in hard boiled detective fiction. I am a fan of we'll written urban fantasy, especially that which revolves around detectives with magical predilections. Unfortunately, the genre suffers from a lack of good story telling and an over abundance of copy cat plots and repetitive hackneyed plagiarism of Celtic myth. This collection, however, shows that there is promise in the genre still. If you enjoy urban fantasy, the paranormal, and/or detective fiction, give this a try. It's an excellent cross section of the best this mixed hybrid of genres has to offer and you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ron Titus on March 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a collection of previously published stories brought together as they all deal with detectives of one sort or another. I had read about half the tales before in one anthology or another, but I still enjoyed rereading them and reading the other tales for the first time. If you enjoy detective tales, read this anthology! You will likely find a tale or two that you will enjoy.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WickedLittleImp on June 26, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a strange little mix of stories but an interesting one. There is a wide variety of genre's covered in this book. The stories aren't all about magic or ghosts.

I did find it a little slow going with some of the tales but others I just flew through, namely Jim Butcher and Charlaine Harris. In fact after reading this book, I now have a list of new authors whose books I need to check out.

If you're looking for something that can be read in short individual sittings then this is definitely one to get. I read one of the stories as I waited for an appointment, I even read another tale as I was travelling on the bus.

I would say don't discard it just because it's a book of short's. It should be thought of as an appetizer to new authors and new tales with a different spin.

I highly recommend it.
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