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This year's guest editor, Sue Grafton, has put together a wonderfully diverse collection of stories to surprise and satisfy all fans of the genre. In this volume, best-selling writers such as Mary Higgins Clark, Walter Mosley, Lawrence Block, Jay McInerney, and Donald E. Westlake stand alongside an impressive array of new talent. As Grafton writes in her introduction, "Now ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 30th 1998 by Mariner Books
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Alwa
To be honest, thus far, these are awful. I'm on the fourth story, and every single one has had some writing fail on the first page to make me want to throw it across the room. Currently: "He could relax and cut loose and have a good time. Well, almost. He couldn't relax completely, couldn't cut loose altogether. Because, while this might not be work, neither was it entirely recreational." Gosh, Lawrence Block, are you suggesting your character can't quite relax all the way? Did you really need t ...more
J.C.
not much to say about this one. like the last one (1997) had numerous stories about movie stars and celebrities, this one was filled with dogs in some form or another.

most of the stories were predictable, good MacGuffins were hard to come by. in one story (one of the better ones) I knew how it would end by page three (a dog was the giveaway) and the main character just looked stupid in the end. still it was one of the better written stories I came across.

I didn't even finish half of them.

just
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Andre
This was the first of what turned out to be an annual ritual for me. Come December, I head for Vrooman's and look for the latest installment in the series. Every year's collection is put together by publisher Otto Penzler and new guest editor (Sue Grafton, in this case). Some years are better than others, but none are dogs. These are great books to bring along while traveling — because they're easier to put down.
Anderse
Like eating through my pantry reserves, I'm reading my way through all the books I own but somehow never read. This is left from xmas 2007 I think.
Trebro
Not a bad collection, if memory serves.
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievement award) in 2003.

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Father: C.W. Grafton, born 1909, third son of Presbyterian Missionaries, born and raised in China, educated Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina; practicing attorney in Louisville, Kentucky with a 40-year specialty in municipal bonds. Au
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