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Thriller: Stories To Keep You Up All Night (2006)

by James Patterson (Editor)

Other authors: Ted Bell (Contributor), Steve Berry (Contributor), Grant Blackwood (Contributor), Lee Child (Contributor), Lincoln Child (Contributor)30 more, David Dun (Contributor), James Grippando (Contributor), Denise Hamilton (Contributor), Raelynn Hillhouse (Contributor), Gregg Hurwitz (Contributor), Alex Kava (Contributor), S. M. Kava (Contributor), Joe Konrath (Contributor), John Lescroart (Contributor), Robert Liparulo (Contributor), David Liss (Contributor), Eric Van Lustbader (Contributor), Dennis Lynds (Contributor), Gayle Lynds (Contributor), Splendide Mendax Inc. (Contributor), Chris Mooney (Contributor), David Morrell (Contributor), Katherine Neville (Contributor), Daniel Palmer (Contributor), Michael Palmer (Contributor), Heather Graham Pozzessere (Contributor), Douglas Preston (Contributor), Christopher Reich (Contributor), Christopher Rice (Contributor), James Rollins (Contributor), M. J. Rose (Contributor), James Siegel (Contributor), Brad Thor (Contributor), M. Diane Vogt (Contributor), F. Paul Wilson (Contributor)

Series: International Thriller Writers: Thriller (1)

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Featuring North America's foremost thriller authors, THRILLER is the first collection of pure thriller stories ever published. Offering up heart-pumping tales of suspense in all its guises are thirty-two of the most critically acclaimed and award-winning names in the business. From the signature characters that made such authors as David Morrell and John Lescroart famous, to four of the hottest new voices in the genre, this blockbuster will tantalize and terrify.

Lock the doors, draw the shades, pull up the covers and be prepared for THRILLER to keep you up all night.

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The short truth is that this book was an incredible disappointment, and I can only assume that the publisher relied on the names themselves to sell the book. And there's no denying that the big names--more generally accustomed to writing novels vs short stories--are part of the problem.

Far too many of the stories make no attempt at all to offer real characterization, instead seeming to assume that readers will already be familiar with the characters from the authors' larger collection of work. This is made clear in story introduction after story introduction, and I have to say that the editor and publisher would likely have ended up with a far stronger collection if they'd asked authors to come up with stand-alone stories that didn't rely on already known characters for effect and character depth. I have to assume that the reliance was a too-easy crutch, but for readers like myself who were unfamiliar with most of the authors' work, it made for awfully flat reading. Additionally, the editing was incredibly lacking, as if not much more than a proofread was offered. Perhaps the authors were missing the hands of their normal editors, but either way, the stories were rife with cliched phrasings, comma errors, and over-writing; from being familiar with some of the authors' work, I can honestly say from those few stories that the quality of the writing itself in their stories wasn't up to the standard set by their novels.

All told, I found the stories fairly flat, predictable, and lacking when it came to depth of either character or story; in the cases where there was depth, the stories tended to be so cluttered with extra detail--going overboard in showing the authors had done their homework on terrorism, geography, or police procedures, often enough--that the story and character ended up getting lost.

I can't really find anything to recommend this collection, in all truth, and although I enjoyed a few of the stories, those were a rare few. I won't pick up another collection edited by Patterson, no doubt, and I'll leave this one with a bad taste in my mouth. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Dec 28, 2021 |
Thriller Anthology 🍒🍒
Edited by James Patterson

This anthology was given to me by a neighbor when I lived in Cathedral City. She said it wasn't her thing, and hopefully, although this volume has many of the best selling thriller authors, it does not typify a thriller novel in many of the stories.
Most of the stories were suspenseful and had elements of mystery and intrigue, only a few really captured me. But I guess it depends on how you define the word "thriller".
The stories I enjoyed most were:
Epitaph by J.A. Konrath
James Penney ' s New Identity by Lee Child
The Portal by John Lescroart and M.J. Rose
Man Catch by Christopher Rice
Interlude At Duane's by F. Paul Wilson

I would probably not recommend this because it had so few stories I really enjoyed. Edited by James Patterson, this just falls flat. ( )
  over.the.edge | Sep 16, 2018 |
This collection, featuring thirty-two well-known, award-winning authors, offers readers a wonderfully diverse collection of thriller tales. Highlights in the impossible-to-set-aside volume include Lee Child’s Jack Reacher tale, James Grippando’s Jack Swyteck story, and Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone narrative. Lieutenant Vincent D’Acosta, the creation of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, makes an appearance and Brad Thor heads to Greece for a thriller about the 17 November terrorist organization.

Aficionados of the thriller tale will find much to enjoy in this eclectic collection of stories from some of the most notable authors in the genre.

Highly recommended. ( )
  jfe16 | Dec 11, 2017 |
Most of the stories were okay. Some were very good, others I didn't like. I did like being able to try out new authors to get a feel for their writing style. Several have been added to my "To-Read" list, which seems to grow much faster than my "Read" list! ( )
  Barb_H | Apr 3, 2013 |
“ Thriller “ edited by James Patterson was a whole new look on short stories and the thrillers were amazingly written with such detail, but also with great depth they captivated you and brought you to a whole new world. When you read these short thrillers they don’t feel short in the sense that you truly get a story out of these; however, the characters are beautifully formed with exquisite writing and descriptive words the stories flow and by the end of each you feel emotionally attached and wishing there was more. Unlike most short stories that vary from one to another they all a have a purpose and whether it be the order or the elegance of the writing they flow like bird floating on a sweet fall gust of wind.
This book is essentially many mini books, I say this because A good book introduces the characters, gets you i the moment and by the end not wanting it to end or feeling like they are real people. Now in a short story you must accomplish this in a few measly pages which is no easy task, especially when you take into account the description, introducing characters and the having a climax, and a wind down and a good satisfying ending. Now I was impressed a great deal in how the use of words was few and far, yet descriptive as well as intriguing and bringing you in, the author however does not use an abundance of words.Another exceptional piece I found amazingly well down was the flow, the flow of a book must be that wind that cools you off, but doesn’t rustle a leaf, a book must have a rhythm to it that yes, can be easily broken, yet is not. Many books have a style of writing then the author not descriptive goes into a wildly descriptive paragraph on a banana that has nothing to do with the story or the plot and this is what makes many books with great potential go plummeting to the ground and has no chance of coming back from this because the essential flow was broken. I found that all the short stories a wondrous flow that was tremendously well, followed by the terrific plot lies for each story, an amazing flow throughout the whole book; however, each individual piece was elegant and told a breathtaking story.
I found that car chases, murders, and other acts in this book were so invigorating, not in the sense that you wanted to do i, but to get a rush from a book tells you something about that style of writing, that it somehow connects to you and I feel that all these stories some way, in some manner make a connection that brings you in, maybe the detail or the pictures it cultivates in your mind somehow thriller the book gave me a thrill. The author makes a whole new thought on the genre of thrillers and horrors. Not just some bloody, gorey, inappropriate book that was written to gross you out, but a book with messages, a book with purpose. To whomever wrote this I give a congratulations to because this book was truly exquisite, as well as thoughtful, detailed, descriptive and so much more, I truly encourage everyone and anyone to read the book thriller. ( )
  br13tyda | Jan 17, 2013 |
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Thriller Part I published in 2006 contains the following short stories:

”James Penney's New Identity” by Lee Child
”Goodnight, Sweet Mother” by S. M. Kava
”Empathy” by James Siegel
”Kowalski's in Love” by James Rollins
”Disfigured” by Daniel Palmer and Michael Palmer
”Epitath” by Joe Konrath
”The Portal” by M. J. Rose
”Falling” by Chris Mooney
”Dirty Weather” by Gregg Hurwitz
”At the Drop of a Hat” by Denise Hamilton
”Sacrificial Lion” by Grant Blackwood
”Gone Fishing” by Splendide Mendax, Inc.
”The Tuesday Club” by Katherine Neville
”Diplomatic Constraints” by Raelynn Hillhouse
”Assassins” by Christopher Reich

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Fiction. Thriller. HTML:

Featuring North America's foremost thriller authors, THRILLER is the first collection of pure thriller stories ever published. Offering up heart-pumping tales of suspense in all its guises are thirty-two of the most critically acclaimed and award-winning names in the business. From the signature characters that made such authors as David Morrell and John Lescroart famous, to four of the hottest new voices in the genre, this blockbuster will tantalize and terrify.

Lock the doors, draw the shades, pull up the covers and be prepared for THRILLER to keep you up all night.


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