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Murder Among Friends (Anthology 11-in-1) by…

Murder Among Friends (Anthology 11-in-1) (2000)

by The Adams Round Table

Other authors: Lawrence Block (Contributor), Mary Higgins Clark (Contributor), Stanley Cohen (Contributor), Dorothy Salisbury Davis (Contributor), Mickey Friedman (Contributor)6 more, Susan Isaacs (Contributor), Judith Kelman (Contributor), Warren Murphy (Contributor), Justin Scott (Contributor), Peter Straub (Contributor), Whitley Strieber (Contributor)

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This book is the sixth collection of short stories from a mystery writer's group. It is a mixed bag, with no wonders of style or brilliance of plot, it's still a good read. In this world, of course, somebody's always got a secret. It starts with Lawrence Block's gritty, compassionate cop, a guy I'd like to meet at a party: "I don't remember what she was wearing, but I'm sure she looked good in it. She always did." As a favor to a friend, he's called in to deal with the awkwardness when a card game ends with a stabbing. He manages to hide everybody's dirty laundry, including his own, and still be a decent man. The book ends with a nasty, preachy little mess by Whitley Strieber, but along the way we also get Dorothy Salisbury Davis's story of small-town intrigue. The narrator is a lawyer with a healthy skepticism about his fellow citizens, such as the coroner who "had a doctor-of-medicine degree, which I guess entitles you to work on dead people if that's your preference." And, naturally, the wandering preacher who brings a hidden agenda to the town. From Mickey Friedman we get skullduggery among the spinsters at the Estelle Peavy Residence for Women. The heroine takes time out from her epic poem about Cape St. Sebastian, Florida, to find out where Gigi the stripper disappeared to. In Judith Kelman's story, we eavesdrop on six women hell-bent on sweet, gruesome revenge on a con-man Lothario (unless perhaps one of them breaks a nail). And - my favourite - Justin Scott's sweet tale of a cat trying to save his lady-love's kitten from a fierce blizzard and a predatory owl. A good read. ( )
  Jawin | Dec 30, 2006 |
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Table, The Adams Roundprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Block, LawrenceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clark, Mary HigginsContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cohen, StanleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davis, Dorothy SalisburyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Friedman, MickeyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Isaacs, SusanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kelman, JudithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Murphy, WarrenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Scott, JustinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Straub, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Strieber, WhitleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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The bestselling and award-winning authors of the Adams Round Table present a provocative collection that explores the bonds-and boundaries-of friendship.

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