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What could drive you over the edge?

Maybe if you or someone you love had been victimized? Or if your spouse was having an affair? Or your life just wasn't turning out the way you always dreamed it would?

You want justice. You want to make things right. But you're out of luck. You have to live with it. There just aren't any options.

Or are there?

In this Mystery Writers of America anthology, New York Times bestselling author Lawrence Block has collected nineteen suspense stories exploring such scenarios, by some of mystery's most popular authors...

Brendan DuBois • Noreen Ayres • Shelly Costa • Tom Savage • Tracy Knight • Aileen Schumacher • Elaine Viets • G. Miki Hayden • Elaine Togneri • Henry Sleasar • William E. Chambers • Stefanie Matteson • Charlotte Hinger • Dan Crawford • Rhys Bowen • Mat Coward • Marcia Talley • Elizabeth Foxwell • Jeremiah Healy

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When people are pushed to their absolute limit, what might they do? Absolutely anything seems to be the answer as demonstrated in these 19 original stories from members of the Mystery Writers of America. MWA has produced some outstanding anthologies, and while this one doesn't rank with the best, there are a few diamonds on display. The late Henry Slesar's (1927-2002) tale, "The Day of the 31st," reminds us of how good a writer he was, as a husband seeks vengeance on his wife's killer. Charlotte Hinger's "Any Old Mother," about a woman scamming mothers who gave up a child for adoption, is a crafty exercise in consequences. Elizabeth Foxwell's "No Man's Land" gives a glimpse of the tough gals who drove ambulances in France in WWII and demonstrates how they could handle just about anything thrown their way. Elaine Viets's "Red Meat" tells of a wife who gives her husband a perfect gift for his 60th birthday-a beautiful woman who'll whip him back into shape. Brendan DuBois's "Her Last Gift" shows how a potter molds a unique present for the man she blames for her husband's death. A woman investigates the accidental death of her best friend in Elaine Togneri's "Guardian Angel" and makes a life-changing discovery. Block provides an introduction but no story. Other contributors include Rhys Bowen, Marcia Talley and Jeremiah Healy. (July 1) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The latest anthology from the Mystery Writers of America serves up 19 murderous new morsels. Some courses are more impressive in parts than as wholes. Stephanie Matteson’s torpid husband and resentful wife, like the prissy librarian who gets his from Marcia Talley and Elaine Viets’s personal-trainer triangle, could have used another twist or two. Aileen Schumacher makes things awfully easy for her construction-crew vigilante, and the avengers in Brendan DuBois and the late Henry Slesar seem to have read each other’s stories. Tom Savage tacks a chilling conclusion onto an otherwise routine idyll of curdled domesticity. Noreen Ayres, Shelly Costa, and G. Miki Hayden create effective mood pieces in locales more memorable than their malevolence. The long-lost daughter in Charlotte Hinger runs a sweet scam, but you can see the end a mile away. Mat Coward’s clever premise--senior citizens riding along in cop cars looking for their attackers--runs down instead of winding up. Dan Crawford hurls exciting incidents into a hijacking tale that not even cow blood can hold together. But Tracy Knight’s gleeful attack on the talking cure packs a mind-boggling amount of malevolence into a few pages, and Rhys Bowen’s ironic sketch of a Jew struggling to survive in Nazi Germany is perfectly judged. Best of all, Elizabeth Foxwell combines vivid WWI background with a diabolical plot. No drop-dead entrée, but something worth a nibble on almost every plate that passes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425190357
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/17/2003
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence Block, a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, has won the Edgar Allan Poe and Shamus Awards four times each, among other honors. He is known for his many books featuring P.I. Matthew Scudder, spy Evan Tanner, and burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr.

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Table of Contents

Her Last Gift 1
JoJo's Gold 23
Black Heart and Cabin Girl 35
One of Us 59
A Trail of Mirrors 71
Along for the Ride 91
Red Meat 103
The Maids 119
Guardian Angel 137
The Day of the 31st 155
Another Night to Remember 181
The Trouble with Harry 195
Any Old Mother 213
Guile Is Where It Goes 229
Doppelganger 241
Bloody Victims 253
Safety First 269
No Man's Land 281
The Lady from Yesterday 299
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fantastic anthology

    This anthology consists of nineteen well-written new stories that focus, for the most part, on how everyday people react when pushed over the edge. The contributions are fun to follow as each story adheres to the premise though the scenarios differ between the contributions. This in turn leads to the reader in several cases placing themselves in the precarious situations in order to ponder how they would have acted. The authors are some of the leaders of the mystery/suspense genre and obviously everyone took the tasking seriously to the benefit of the audience. The trouble with this book is that the tales are so good this reviewer broke a personal commandment of reading no more than three shorts a day (to fully savor a collection), but this time finished BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS in one sitting as will most readers.<P> Harriet Klausner

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