- Paperback: 340 pages
- Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (August 20, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 161218300X
- ISBN-13: 978-1612183008
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,621,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Give Penzler (The Big Book of Ghost Stories) credit for an interesting angle for this anthology of 81 crime stories, each no more than a thousand words. As he notes in his introduction, It is hard to hide clues and have enough reasonable suspects in a total of about four pages, and so there are relatively few whodunits, but plenty of last-paragraph twists. Contributors include such talented mystery writers as Reed Farrel Coleman, Bruce DeSilva, Loren Estleman, Lyndsay Faye, and Steve Hockensmith. But the constraints of the format make many entries little more than amuse-bouches. Estleman, for example, trots out his Nero Wolfean lead, Claudius Lyon, in Wolfe on the Roof, to good effect. While readers who admire his homage to Stout will seek out longer Lyon stories, the puzzle to unravel here is trivial. Ironically, one of the shortest of the short, Christopher Coake's Acknowledgments, a cleverly disguised confession, works best. (Aug.)
Veteran mystery anthologist (and founder of the Mysterious Press) Penzler’s latest offers something really exciting for fans of short-short stories: a collection of more than 60 stories, all under 1,000 words. While there are some big names here—Gorman, Estleman, Bruen, Crider—many of the contributors will be familiar only to readers who follow online mystery publications. But no matter. The stories deliver a wonderful mixture of genres and styles; as Penzler says in his introduction, you wouldn’t expect to find such variety in an assortment of mystery stories with such a tight word count. But each and every story is unique, with its own gifts to the reader (and there are more than a few gosh-wow shockers here, too). If the goal of an anthology is to offer something for all readers, no matter how varied their preferences, then this anthology succeeds in splendid fashion. --David Pitt
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Top customer reviews
I've stayed up much too late reading "just one more" before turning out the light because the stories are so good and the pleasure of reading them is so compelling.
This book should be required reading; it's that good. You will absolutely never regret this one. I'm already looking forward to Kwik Krimes 2.
I like this book because you dont expect what actually happens to happen - and all the different authors are a refreshing twist to this anthology.
Most recent customer reviews
Good plots and not always so easy to guess the end.
A good book for the mystery reader.