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A Time For Violence: Stories with an Edge Kindle Edition
Joe R. Lansdale
Richard Christian Matheson
Max Allan Collins
John A. Russo
Stewart O'Nan, and more…
Throughout the years countless wordsmiths have produced their own story collections, but the book you are now holding is a love letter to the great anthologies of yesteryear, assembling stories by a variety of talents, packaged neatly and often connected by a singular theme.
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- ASIN : B07N94MLQL
- Publisher : Close To The Bone (May 1, 2019)
- Publication date : May 1, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 831 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 268 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1795546905
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #172,266 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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To say I was on the edge of my seat would be an understatement. I spent several nights with my mind spinning with questions. One that repeated is: What would I do if I was in these characters' shoes? How far would I go to protect myself and my family?
I had a good chuckle when I read Guest Services: A Quarry Story by Max Allan Collins so as not to give anything away I'll just put one quote to look for while you're reading the story “We have adequate lighting.”
There's a great mix in this book of different stories and if you're looking to find some new authors of gritty crime telling this is the book to find them.
My favorites in order of preference were:
“The Edge” by Richard Christian Matheson – A man bored with life, only feels pleasure when some misfortune happens, or when he sees someone suffering. But nothing is what it seems and the author gives us a totally unexpected ending.
“The Problem With Mice” by James L. Longmore – A man plays a game with himself every day upon arriving home. That goes on until he sees a mouse and the dispute takes an unexpected turn. If you are like me and don’t like mice, then you’ll fear them even more.
“One Hit Wonder” by Elka Ray – A 79-year-old English musician marries a Thai girl fifty years younger than him, and they move to Thailand. One day she goes to visit her mother, and he meets an old friend in a bar who claims he stole from him his most successful song. The two get drunk and end up in the musician’s house. The next day, a series of events shows us the true story.
“The Sweetest Ass In The Ozarks” by Andy Rausch – A stinking homeless guy is stealing in a store when he sees a beautiful young woman and is attracted to her. She leaves the store, then he follows her. When he reaches her, what happens is unimaginable.
“Lacquer” by Isobel Blackthorn – A PI get wasted and ended vomiting, as usual, in an alley near the bar. He vomits over the mutilated body of a black woman. Through his investigation we get to know the whole story behind this crime.
“Ladies Day At The Olympia Car Wash” by Andrew Nette – A car wash’s employee is listening to his co-worker talking about a plan. They’ve known each other since childhood, and his friend’s ideas always end putting him in trouble. Then, a mysterious woman arrives and asks him to wash her car.
Other great stories, in no particular order, are “Blood Brothers” by Richard Chizmar; “Santa At The Café” by Joe R. Lansdale; “Guest Service: A Quarry Story” by Max Allan Collins; “Wise” by C. Courtney Joyner; “Seasons Don’t Fear The Reaper” by Billy Chizmar; “Boy’s Club” by Tony Knighton; “Epiphany In The Third” by David. C. Hayes; and “Channel 666” by John A. Russo.
I thoroughly enjoyed so many of the short stories featured in here. The contributors include many of my own favorite authors. Exceptional writing from authors like Max Allan Collins, Paul D. Brazill, Andrew Nette, Joe R. Lansdale, Elka Ray, Tom Vater, and Chris Roy. (To name just a few.) And, boy, that last story! "Waste Management". The name says it all.
I don’t know about you, but I love short stories. The kind you can consume one at a time, in between reading chapters in novels. Or maybe that’s just me. :)
Do yourself a favor. Get this book!
Is every single story a hit? It’s an anthology, so … you’re mileage may vary. :)
PS: I was provided a free review copy in exchange for an honest review.
Do you prefer premeditated murder or crimes of passion; that instantaneous blast of emotion that can never be recalled. The one that will haunt you forever?
A Time for Violence is an anthology of twenty-five short, violently sweet, short stories especially for those who love to read violent crime. It is a collection of works that take no prisoners and make no apology for their violent themes. Whether you like your mayhem served by surprise in a back alley at gunpoint, in an explosion of violent rage, or as revenge served as cold as ice, you will find it here written by some of the best crime and suspense authors in the business.
I felt the stories in this book were short, fast-paced, and hard-hitting. They should satisfy the most demanding readers who crave action thrillers. 5-Stars.
This book was provided free by the author in hopes of receiving an honest review. The above review represents my honest opinion of the book.
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The book starts off with the amazing idea that every story in the book will be good, but it was an unrealistic idea because you can't please everyone. If you buy this book, don't read the introduction where they put their book on such a high pedestal that disappointment is guaranteed.
Don't take this review the wrong way, there are some very talented writers in this book, but it is full of violence for the sake of violence. If you love violence for shock value rather than there being any meaning behind it, then this book is for you. If you don't mind buying this and only reading the parts where the violence is backed up by a good story, then I'd tell you to give this book a chance because there were some stories in there that I really did enjoy!
I'd liked to point out that I don't regret buying the book, despite my negative comments.
For anyone who is wondering, I knocked one star off because there are typos in the book.