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Killer Year: Stories to Die For...From the Hottest New Crime Writers Hardcover – January 22, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
For this impressive crime anthology, bestseller Child (One Shot) has gathered 13 stories by newcomers and three by veterans. Such established writers as David Morrell, James Rollins, Gayle Lynds, Ken Bruen and Allison Brennan introduce tales by such rising stars as Marcus Sakey, Brett Battles, Robert Gregory Browne, Sean Chercover and Gregg Olsen. Some selections, like Olsen's The Crime of My Life, hit like a hard swung sap. Battles's Perfect Gentleman is more like a knife that slides in easily, then twists in the gut. Browne's Bottom Deal features a PI that would be at home in a lineup with Spade and Marlowe. Sakey's Gravity and Need lets the reader bleed out slowly, while Chercover's One Serving of Bad Luck earns a rueful smile. Not every entry is a winner, but the disturbingly good new talent showcased in this volume bodes well for the future of the genre.
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“The disturbingly good new talent showcased in this volume bodes well for the future of the genre.” — Publishers Weekly
“The mentors’ introductions to these stories, plus brief biographies at the end, should entice readers to longer works by these promising new authors. Even amid a recent rash of anthologies in the genre, this one is well worth a look.” — Library Journal
“Gems come from the 13 [Killer Year] members…. Remarkably for a collection this ample, there’s no sign of a clinker.” — Kirkus Reviews
Top customer reviews
"Teardown," by Marc Lecard, is a fun read with a humorous slant. The main character LoDuco, is a likeable sort that will probably appeal to Evanovich fans. He would fit right in. The author's novel is "Vinnie's Head." The author is originally from Long Island.
"One Serving of Bad Luck," by Sean Chercover, is about private investigator Ray Dudgeon. This is another character you will like, and one I would hope to see more of. He has a knack for making the best out of a bad situation. The author's novel is "Big City, Bad Blood." The author has an interesting background. Like Dashiel Hammett, he started out working as a PI, and has held a number of other jobs during his career. He splits his time between Chicago and Toronto.
The leadoff story, "Perfect Gentleman, by Brett Battles, is about Wade Norris, an American expatriot working as the papasan in a strip club in Angeles City in the Philippines. He looks after the young women working there, and has his own ideas about justice. I like the author's writing style. He novel is "The Cleaner." The author is from California, but has traveled extensively.
There were a number of other stories that I particularly liked, including "Bottom Deal," by Robert Gregory Browne. The main character, Jennings, is an entertainer, card sharp, and addicted gambler (always looking for a game) in Las Vegas, and sometimes may be involved in a little B&E with his friend Scully. He is escaping from tragedy in his past, and has his own way of dealing out some justice.
Readers will find an assortment of stories that they will enjoy.