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Dangerous Women by Otto Penzler

Dangerous Women

by Otto Penzler (Editor)

Other authors: Lorenzo Carcaterra (Contributor), Michael Connelly (Contributor), John Connolly (Contributor), Thomas H Cook (Contributor), Jeffery Deaver (Contributor)12 more, Nelson DeMille (Contributor), J A Jance (Contributor), Andrew Klavan (Contributor), Elmore Leonard (Contributor), Laura Lippman (Contributor), Ed McBain (Contributor), Jay McInerney (Contributor), Walter Mosley (Contributor), Joyce Carol Oates (Contributor), Anne Perry (Contributor), Ian Rankin (Contributor), S. J. Rozan (Contributor)

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Here's the concept. Ask seventeen well- known authors to submit original works about "dangerous women" and see what happens. They are all good sized stories and are easy to read. Few are Mind-blowing enough to make your head spin. A worthwhile collection nonetheless.

My two favorites in the collection are Rendezvous by Nelson DeMille and Louly and Pretty Boy by Elmore Leonard. DeMille is a new name to me. But, apparently, he has a large body of work. Rendezvous is a Vietnam war era story about a lost patrol under fire from a woman sniper. It is one terrific war story and one I just couldn't put down. Interestingly, DeMille himself fought in Vietnam so the story is based on real life research. Elmore Leonard tells a Bonnie and Clyde era tale about a young teenage girl who falls for Pretty Boy Floyd. Louly and Floyd are two characters out of Leonatd's The Hot Kid as is Lawman Carl, the subject of The Hot Kid.

Improvisation By Ed McBain is a story about pickup lines in bars and talk willowy blondes who suggest killing someone as a way to pass the time. Cielo Azul By Michael Connelly is another standout. It features Connelly's a Detective Harry Bosch and an unsolved murder that continues to haunt him. Other selections in this book include Give me your heart by Joyce Carol Oates, Karma by Walter Mosley, Dear Penthouse forum (a first draft) by Laura Lippman, What she offered by Thomas H. Cook, Her lord and master by Andrew Klavan, Mr. Gray's folly By John Connell, and a thousand miles from nowhere By Lorenzo Carcaterra. ( )
  DaveWilde | Sep 22, 2017 |
As usual in collections of short stories, the quality varied. Some were perfectly chilling, some creepy, some clever, and a few not to my taste. My favourite was Soft Spot by Ian Rankin followed closely by stories by Ed McBain, Joyce Carol Oates and Nelson Demille. The book rating is an average of the ratings given to each story. ( )
  VivienneR | Dec 8, 2014 |
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Penzler, OttoEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carcaterra, LorenzoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Connelly, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Connolly, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cook, Thomas HContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Deaver, JefferyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
DeMille, NelsonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jance, J AContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klavan, AndrewContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leonard, ElmoreContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lippman, LauraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McBain, EdContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McInerney, JayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mosley, WalterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oates, Joyce CarolContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Perry, AnneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rankin, IanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rozan, S. J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Archer, EllenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lawlor, PatrickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prichard, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sklar, AlanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Short stories in anthology:

Improvisation by Ed McBain
Cielo Azul by Michael Connely
Give Me Your Heart by Joyce Carol Oates
Karma by Walter Mosley
Dear Penthouse Forum (a first draft) by Laura Lippman
Rendezvous by Nelson DeMille
What She Offered by Thomas H. Cook
Her Lord and Master by Andrew Klavan
Mr. Gray's Folly by John Connolly
A Thousand Miles From Nowhere by Lorenzo Carcaterra
Witness by J.A. Jance
Soft Spot by Ian Rankin
Third Party by Jay McInerny
The Last Kiss by S.J. Rozan
Sneaker Wave by Anne Perry
Louly and Pretty Boy by Elmo Leonard
Born Bad by Jeffery Deaver

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0892960043, Hardcover)

The acclaimed authors in this anthology are collectively responsible for dozens of "New York Times" bestsellers. Legendary editor Otto Penzler owns the Mysterious Bookshop in New York and is founder of the Mysterious Press and Otto Penzler books.

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"Prepare to meet the most seductively female and the most shockingly fatal of femme fatales, brought to you by seventeen of today's finest authors of mystery and suspense fiction. Award-winning editor Otto Penzler presents a collection of short and sizzling masterpieces of kisses and kiss-offs, gams and gats, published for the first time anywhere. Tale after thrilling tale, they'll prove to you just how sexy and not so gentle the "gentler sex" can be."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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