Kwik Krimes
October 13th, 2015 by Aldouspi

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Entire novels are often written about a single crime, detailing every gruesome, dark detail until the last drop of blood spatters across the page. Yet in this mystery anthology, renowned editor and author Otto Penzler weaves together to heart-stopping effect more than ninety tales of brutality, terror, and unexpected demise, with each story told in a swift one thousand words or less.

These crimes may be fast in both form and fallout, but none lack the dark impulses that too often guide human hands to ill ends. Prepare to be transported into the diabolical schemes of criminal masterminds…into robberies and pranks gone horribly awry…into closets crammed with skeletons…into families bound not by love but wickedness.

Authors include Peter Blauner, Ken Bruen, Rob W. Hart, K. A. Laity, Tasha Alexander, Patricia Abbott, Bruce DeSilva, Chuck Caruso, Gregory Gibson, Joe R. Lansdale, and many more.

Product Details

  • 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

Customer Reviews

Don't Let the Moronic Title Scare You Away

20 people found this helpful.
 on June 30, 2013
By A. Ludens
Let's get this out of the way right off the bat: the title "Kwik Krimes" is moronic, misleading, and a complete embarrassment. Why misspell both words in the title? If you think the title is cute--excuse me, "KUTE", stay away from the book. It is not, as you may infer, chock full of cozy mysteries solved by cats and old women.

Short Shorts With A Punch

5 people found this helpful.
 on August 8, 2013
By Richard B. Schwartz
This new collection of short shorts comes from the master bibliographer and anthologist of crime and mystery fiction. This time the stories come with a difference: they can be no longer than 1,000 words. That means (as Penzler notes in his introduction) that few will actually be `mysteries', given the setup time needed to establish a case, introduce the characters and then resolve the story. Many are slice-of-life vignettes in which we discover the desperation lurking behind putatively quiet lives. Many have abrupt twists with moments of shock.

a rare jewel!

5 people found this helpful.
 on August 8, 2013
By Willie
this book is a treasure! it is one of those books that do not require total involvement, can be picked up, read, then put down without losing interest - and it is one of those books that you'll return to again and again...

Honoring the art of the short short

3 people found this helpful.
 on September 1, 2013
By Neal Reynolds
The short-short has been an unique and challenging literary form for ages. I remember reading them back in the 1940's. In this format, every single word and its placement is of supreme importance. Within a 1000words, the writer is challenged to provide at least one character (usually no more than three), a plot (or more accuratelly, a situation) and a conclusion (sometimes a shocking and unexpected twist). To do this successfully takes a truly expert craftsman.

Excellent anthology, horrible name!

3 people found this helpful.
 on July 18, 2013
By Leigh
I really wish I could find a way to go back through and stop the creators of this anthology for naming it the way they did. It really is a travesty.

Otto's All-Nite All-Rite Krime-O-Rama

2 people found this helpful.
 on September 15, 2013
By Kevin L. Nenstiel
Please forgive this anthology's silly name. Despite its resemblance to a doughnut franchise, Otto Penzler, long-term friend of mystery authors everywhere, has compiled a spirited collection of over eighty crime and mystery stories, running under 1000 words--five pages tops. This creates a selection of authors' views on what mystery fiction looks like when stripped of the ornaments that have accrued to the genre.

Little bites of crime

One person found this helpful.
 on July 27, 2013
By William Merrill
Kwik Krimes is a fun short story collection for lovers of crime fiction, and it represents a wave of fiction (future, and present) I wasn't very familiar with . Edited by Otto Penzler, an experienced anthologist (-ger?), these dozens of stories are "Kwik" because of a set thousand-word limit, and all are mysteries or other variations of crime fiction. Many of the mini-tales were initially published online, so Kwik Krimes sheds new light on some authors who are publishing via the prime 21st C medium. I admit I hadn't heard of most of these names, writers such as Derek Haas, Rhys Bowen, and Adrian McKinty. However, the collection does include stories by Joe Lansdale, Christopher Fowler, Ron Goulart, and several other "known" authors. I was glad to read the story by Tyler Dilts, after previously enjoying his novel called A King of Infinite Space. I also liked the clever twists in "The Bunny" by William Chambers, as well as some of the more quirky stories in the bunch. If there's ever a Kwik Krimes 2, I'll want to read it.

a bag of noir chips. You can't read just one!

One person found this helpful.
 on August 27, 2013
By John K. Druitt
Wow. What a great read. Fitting a short story in a thousand words or less is a work of art. Doing it with great character build up and sometimes a twist is even harder. The fact that this is cutting edge noir increases the difficulty level. Having close to 90 of these gems in one volume is priceless. Many short story compendiums are like a bag of chips, mostly air before you get to minuscule amount of potatoes and salt. Not in this case, not a dud in the bunch.

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