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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.
- 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
Mr. Penzler's best collection ever!
OK, I'm a big fan of Otto Penzler's annual collections. There's certainly satisfaction in reading well told tales and allowing authors the space to stretch out and tell them. This collection is different because as the name suggests, the selections are mostly short, short stories. Some maybe even "flash" stories. And they work WONDERFULLY!
a bag of noir chips. You can't read just one!
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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.
Kwik Krimes are some of the best
I was looking for something to read in those moments when something quick was best. Add good writing and diverse plots and you have a great deal to boot. If you're looking for the short-winded examples of a host of authors mysteries, this is the book for you.
the stories truly are kwik and to the point!
Really good short stories, loved it!
A snack or a meal.
A charming collection of short stories that can be read in small bites or large gulps. Many well known authors and some that were new to me.
I love these mini stories.