Lee Child Michelle Gagnon Jim Fusilli Zoë Sharp Dreda Say Mitchell Brendan DuBois Karin Slaughter Twist Phelan
- Title: Mystery Writers of America Presents Vengeance
- Author: Lee Child Michelle Gagnon Jim Fusilli Zoë Sharp Dreda Say Mitchell Brendan DuBois Karin Slaughter Twist Phelan
- ISBN: 9780316176347
- Page: 312
- Format: Hardcover
When a different kind of justice is needed swift, effective, and personal a new type of avenger must take action Vengeance features new stories by bestselling crime writers including Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, and Karin Slaughter, as well as some of today s brightest rising talents The heroes in these stories include a cop who s seen too much, a womaWhen a different kind of justice is needed swift, effective, and personal a new type of avenger must take action Vengeance features new stories by bestselling crime writers including Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, and Karin Slaughter, as well as some of today s brightest rising talents The heroes in these stories include a cop who s seen too much, a woman who has been pushed too far, or just an ordinary person doing what the law will not Some call them vigilantes, others claim they are just another brand of criminal.Edited and with an introduction by Lee Child, these stories reveal the shocking consequences when men and women take the law into their own hands THE FOURTEENTH JUROR by Twist PhelanLOST AND FOUND by Zo SharpTHE MOTHER by Alafair BurkeBLIND JUSTICE by Jim FusilliTHE CONSUMERS by Dennis LehaneMOONSHINER S LAMENT by Rick McMahanRIVER SECRET by Anne SwardsonHOT SUGAR BLUES by Steve LiskowTHE FINAL BALLOT by Brendan DuBoisAFRICA ALWAYS NEEDS GUNS by Michael NiemannTHE UNREMARKABLE HEART by Karin SlaughterIT AIN T RIGHT by Michelle GagnonSILENT JUSTICE by C.E LawrenceEVEN A BLIND MAN by Darrell JamesTHE GENERAL by Janice Law Janice Law Trecker A FINE MIST OF BLOOD by Michael ConnellyLEVERAGE by Mike CooperTHE HOTLINE by Dreda Say MitchellBLOOD AND SUNSHINE by Adam MeyerIN PERSONA CHRISTI by Orest StelmachTHE HOLLYWOOD I REMEMBER by Lee Child
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Overall, a good collection. Some ups & downs, but mostly quite good. I bought this specifically for 1 story, A Fine Mist of Blood by Michael Connelly #24.5 in the Harry Bosch Universe Chronology. Table of Contents:Introduction by Lee Child short, sweet, & to the point.Fourteenth Juror by Twist Phelan was excellent. This is the second story I've read by him & I want to read more. Perfectly titled & great twist at the end. 5 starsLost and Found by Zoë Sharp wasn't written in a way [...]
Two short stories were excellent - by Michael Connelly and Darrell James. Most of the rest were just ok.21 short stories with themes of revenge or vengeance. I hesitate to read short stories. More often than not something doesn’t get developed enough - characters, motivations, plot. Some of my harsh ratings below are because of this. Those same authors would probably get a higher rating from me for their full length novels. But, it can be done. Two of the short stories were excellent. The stor [...]
The problem with editing a thematic collection is that the short stories therein can be formulaic. Child does an excellent job stuffing this anthology with fresh stories with minimal formula writing involved. There was a part in collection when it seemed a tiny repetitive but there were some real stand outs too such as the lehane tale I mentioned in an update and Karin slaughter really outdoing her novel length writing with a dark twisted story that was as compelling as a train wreck yet left an [...]
When Bosch is tasked with looking into some cold case files with his friend and former partner Jerry Edgar, they stumble across a pattern and an individual whose presence around both crime scenes cannot simply be coincidence, or can it? When they go to interview her, Bosch is unnerved that she has all the same answers as years before, even though her story all makes sense and fits together adequately enough. When he looks a little deeper, he finds something else; something that could close the c [...]
This is a collection of short stories all focused on the theme of Vengeance. Twenty one original authors (including the editor, Lee Child) wrote stories for this anthology and filled it with original short stories that really grab you and give you a reason to read. I am really envious of authors that can give you a gift of story in such short form and still include every nuance necessary to answer all the questions that might come up about the justification for the actions in the story. The form [...]
Very solid collection, not a dud in the book. Most are decidely good, even the ones I wasn't riveted by, have a worksmanship about them. Extreme kudos to Karin Slaughter's The Unremarkable Heart. It reminds me of We Need to Talk About Kevin--if that gives an idea of the cheerfulness of this story. After reading it, I wanted to take a shower. Some of the stories are a little iffy on the topic of "vengeance" though.
I enjoyed this anthology, but I should note that I found it taxing to read so many short stories in a row where the authors chose protagonists with prejudices. I get that it's a reflection of the real world, so maybe it's just the real world that I find taxing. ;) My favourite stories: The Fourteenth Juror, The Consumers, River Secret, Hot Sugar Blues, The Final Ballot, The Unremarkable Heart (triggers!), Even a Blind Man, The General, Leverage, The Hotline, The Hollywood I Remember.
An interesting concept - a collection of short crime stories from emerging and established authors. Whilst the theme of 'vengeance' for crimes perpetrated was good, I found the stories disturbing in their content. This one was not for me.
This was a nasty collection of short stories about nasty people doing nasty things to one another, making me feel nasty when I read it. But seriously, I had my doubts about finishing this book. The first half dozen stories were completely foul. And I don't mean that the writing was bad. I mean, the characters and the stories felt soiled in some way. It wasn't until I read Anne Swardson's story "River Secret" that I found something to latch onto, somebody to root for. It was a depressing story, a [...]
A very good collection of short stories. As the title indicates, the theme of this anthology is 'Vengeance'. Most of the stories have an interesting twist ending in addition to the vengeance theme.
This is a great collection of stories. Perfect for an evening by the fire.
This has been my "desk" book at work for a very, very long time. I honestly should have just taken it home to finish much sooner. The stories in it were perfect for quick lunch breaks, when I had time to take them. The quality was as high as expected. The stories were all interesting takes on Vengeance. It is always fascinating how many different interpretations there are of the same theme.
I'm not usually a short story fan - but I did enjoy the collected mystery stories. I liked being able to compare writing styles of the different authors to decide which ones I wanted to explore more. Enjoyable and quick read!
When I saw Lee Child's name on this I thought it should be good. Boy was I wrong, what a load of old cobblers. I tried 3 of the stories and gave up on all of them. The rest I did not even want to attempt. Not my sort of reading at all.
Read these short stories while I'm vacationing in Miami/Florida Keys. A great pick up put down book when you don't want to be deep in a big novel!!
This was a fantastic collection of short stories from selected crime authors. Some were very dark but enjoyable none the less.
Stopped listening to this audiobook at about story 18 or so mainly because I had heard enough of the theme and just wanted to move on to something else. I am not typically a short story reader, mainly because I hate to get into a story and then it ends so quickly! That being said, I am a big mystery fan and I thought it would be interesting to hear from a number of authors I either never heard of or at least haven't tried yet.The theme of this anthology is 'vengeance' -- people taking revenge on [...]
'Mystery Writers of America presents Vengeance' is an anthology of high-octane crime stories edited by the crime legend, Lee Child. This was the first anthology I have ever read, personally preferring to read full novels, and I have to say it wasn't entirely my cup of tea. Although anthologies are great to dip in and out of when you don't have the time for an entire novel, I feel that the stories chosen for this book were very hit and miss. Some were fantastic! Some were disappointing! The conte [...]
Exploring the theme of vengeance, this anthology is a very readable collection offering variety in character, setting and interpretation of the theme. While I read it easily in one setting, the format also allows the reader to dip in and out on a casual basis, most of the stories are less than ten pages in length so they are ideal to provide entertainment during a short commute or lunch break.In his introduction editor Lee Child, who also contributes an original story, explains how he chose ten [...]
I requested a copy of this book from the publisher as normally I love short stories as it allows you to find authors that perhaps you would have not have found otherwise. They are also great as each evening, even if you have a busy job you feel like you can finish a story in a night. This book is made up of a selection of stories from many different authors that I hear some were chosen by Lee Child and others were selected from a panel. This I felt made the book a bit hit and miss, there were so [...]
Short stories in this genre allow novelists to do something they might not in their books. There are unlikable protagonists lurking in Vengeance, along with more than a couple of bleak endings without any hope of redemption. Harry Bosch's appearance here offers us some of Michael Connelly's best work while editor Lee Child concludes with the dark Hollywood tale of a hooker-killing hitman (almost wrote hooker hitman, but that seems somewhat ambiguous.)The book offers both newer writers and old ha [...]
I would probably give this 2.5 stars as I cannot honestly say I 'liked' it, though parts were well-written (though really, how possible is it to like vengeance as such?). I read it primarily for the short story by Zoë Sharp, which was clever, with a razor-sharp edge and less than divine retribution that ironically was true justice.I like Lee Child as well, and the short story he wrote was ironic, a really cold vengeance. It was good to reconnect with Harry Bosch as I haven't read Michael Connel [...]
I don’t usually read short stories. But some of the authors I enjoy reading, contributed their short stories to this anthology on vengeance. So, I was intrigued at first and then I was surprised at how different the same topic was portrayed by the different authors. They were all so very different. But I found it kind of amazing at how good some of the stories were and how the others were…well…not so much. The stories that I liked were creative and they managed to develop their characters [...]
This anthology of short mystery stories was collected by Lee Child and includes a very short piece at the end by the editor. Each of the stories is about punishing others for something they had done, "vengeance." One of my favorite pieces is the first one, "The Fourteen Juror," about a rouge judge and the cop who schemes to bring him down. Another favorite is, "Even a Blind Man," about a self-described old blind guy with his blind dog who travels across the country to help a grand-daughter he ha [...]
I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the GoodReads First Reads program. (Thanks!)This book is a collection of short stories by 21 members of the Mystery Writers of America. Ten of the stories were by writers selected by editor Lee Child, as well as a story by him. The other ten stories were blind selected by a panel. I have read several of the authors and discovered several new authors that I will want to add to my reading list.I enjoyed the format of this book. I could easily r [...]
Most of these stories were good,but there were a few stories that I didn't care for. It's a good thing to listen on audio, as you can listen in short bursts and get the complete story. Some of the endings were vague, rushed or forced. I just wish that the audio chapters equated to one story so I knew how long each one was in advance. I really enjoyed the following stories: Hot Sugar Blues (by Steve Liskow), The Final Ballad (by Brendan DuBois), The 14th Juror (by Twist Phelan), The Consumers (by [...]
Sorry Mr Child, but your anthology reads like a hastily thrown together hotchpotch of stories. Some are rubbish, some are good but only one or two are truly worth reading. All stories have the theme of revenge central and this is where it gets interesting as each writer gives a different spin on working this theme into their stories. Michael Connelly's story sadly falls back on his Harry Bosch figure and this simply doesn't seem to work in this format, whereas if Lee Child had opted to use his p [...]
Good concept here, with twist in the tale "vengeance" short stories collated by Mr Reacher, Lee Child. Some of the stories are by well known writers like Karin Slaughter, Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane and Child himself. Most of the others were chosen by a competition. The end result is a little uneven I feel, with some very well written and satisfying stories that really do work, alongside others that don't quite make it. Still a good read though.
I liked it. 20 stories by 20 different authors. Each story was short enough they could be read at one sitting. You didn't have to try and remember what the storyline was cause after you were done with that one, the next was totally different. About 3 or four of the authors are my favorites and I've learned to appreciate a few more. Since the theme of the book was vengence I found myself trying to figure out what the vengence was and who the character would be to extract said vengence.
Easily amusing. I mean, I'm a fan of mystery/sleuth/thriller story, and this anthology based on one of my favorite motives, vengeance eye for an eye. Very simple idea. But definitely satisfying. I had great fun reading it, in touch with various styles. Some are easy to grabs, while others made me frown a bit. I could easily picture any, if not all, of these stories are adapted for the screen.
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