The Dark End of the Street: New Stories of Sex and Crime by Today's Top Authorsby Jonathan Santlofer
In one fast-paced story, a strong and aggravated man considers the pretty woman at the bar while he fingers the knife in his pocket. But what becomes of his prey when they move to the bedroom? In another tale, a man remembers the victim of a ghastly murder who visited the same hair salon as he does. And a Don Juan of a protagonist has a hobby of marrying vulnerable… See more details below
In one fast-paced story, a strong and aggravated man considers the pretty woman at the bar while he fingers the knife in his pocket. But what becomes of his prey when they move to the bedroom? In another tale, a man remembers the victim of a ghastly murder who visited the same hair salon as he does. And a Don Juan of a protagonist has a hobby of marrying vulnerable women, getting access to their bank accounts, and then robbing them blind.
But there is much more to this collection than dark-haired vixens and crimes of passion. Some stories are brooding, some twisted; some bring righteous satisfaction, some linger in the back of your mind. What is truly on display is an impressive collection of literary talent: a group of some of the best writers we have, weaving fresh and memorable stories from a pair of classic themes. Taken as a whole, they are a rare treat for fans of great fiction, whether it's high literature, good old-fashioned suspense, or anything in between. Original black-and-white art by artist/author Jonathan Santlofer completes this innovative, exciting, and irresistibly intriguing booka true literary gem.
- Bloomsbury USA
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- 5.58(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.86(d)
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Just got this the other day and I really enjoyed this book. I am not usually a short story reader but several of these tales have great twists and turns that kept me guessing right up to the end of the story. Most of these are really well written some by some very well know authors. They are pretty intense and fairly graphic (sex and violence, yep as promised) without being too explicit for most readers. If you are looking for some quick reads to fill a little time between novels give this "Dark End of the Street" a quick stroll. Just watch your back and don't talk to strangers
This collection of short stores is bound together by the common topics of sex and crime. It consists of nineteen stores by as many authors. The stories range from very subtle to in-your-face blatant. I had read several of the authors but many were new to me. Overall I found this to be a very enjoyable collection and give it high marks. A few of the stories were lost on me, but I suspect the fault was with the reader rather than the author. The stories that I liked I liked very much. I would not hesitate to recommend it. The volume is enhanced by illustrations in an arresting black and white wash that carries a strong feeling of film noir.
This is a collection of mystery stories from some of today's best writers. The theme of the stories revolves around sex and crime. The authors were allowed to run with this theme and some very different stories emerged. Some of the authors present us with story lines that at first seem very familiar, but hold onto your hat because the ride has just begun. By the end of the story we are in an entirely different ballpark, wondering how we got there. Some of the stories are outright violent or sexy and both can get very explicit. Many have a touch of the noir and are seldom sympathetic to the victim, although I did end up siding with one or two of the protagonists. Murder, identity theft, bondage, swindling, bigamy, and the pleasures and dangers to be found in your local beauty salon, all come into play to make this a fascinating collection.