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USA Today bestselling author Jan Burke delivers chills, suspense, shockers, and sharp wit in eighteen works of short fiction sure to satisfy longtime fans and newcomers alike. This positively addictive anthology is full of surprises -- a patchwork of settings and characters not soon forgotten, and mysterious twists and revelations not quickly shaken!
Paperback, 464 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Pocket Books
(first published 2002)
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The quality of the stories in this collection varies greatly. It's sort of an odd conglomeration of stories she wrote at various times in her career. However, this was the first Jan Burke writing I'd read, and it interested me enough to try one of her novels, which I liked better than this collection.
I really love Jan Burke's novels, so any additional Jan Burke writing was appreciated, especially with favorite characters Irene, Frank, and Ben. The eighteen short stories all loosely are mysteries, but run from ghost stories to murders. One of my favorite authors, though I'd recommend her other works over this. I'd read again.
These 18 short stories run the gamut from murder mystery to eerie recollections. The characters are engaging and as well fleshed as any short story character can be. Her writing is concise, and beautiful in many ways. I really ejoyed all of these stories.