The Dark End of the Street: New Stories of Sex and Crime by Today's Top Authors

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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.

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Overview

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 book—a true literary gem.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As Rozan notes in her introduction, she and co-editor Santlofer have made selections from “both banks of the stream dividing crime writing and literary writing” for this superior anthology of 19 new stories “on the twin subjects of sex and crime.” Highlights include Laura Lippman's “Tricks,” in which a con man rips women off after seducing them, and Lawrence Block's “Scenarios,” which takes the reader inside the fantasies of a sadistic murderer. Stephen L. Carter's gift for intricate plotting is on display in “The Hereditary Thurifer,” perhaps the volume's most distinctive tale, in which the new white rector of a predominantly African-American Washington, D.C., congregation learns that the church was the site of an unsolved crime of passion. Other contributors include Madison Smartt Bell, Lee Child, Amy Hempel, Jonathan Lethem, Joyce Carol Oates, and Edmund White. (May)
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“Jonathan Santlofer and S.J. Rozan have brought together an impressive group of contributors for THE DARK END OF THE STREET. This is airplane/beach/hotel reading at its best. Smart and entertaining.”—Los Angeles Times

“Nineteen new stories explore the undeniable connection between sex and crime… Uniformly fine writing will attract readers familiar with the marquee authors and introduce them to a talented group of lesser lights.”—Booklist

 “[A] superior anthology of 19 new stories ‘on the twin subjects of sex and crime.’”

—Publishers Weekly

“An original anthology of stories featuring spine-tingling stunners from such talented tale-tellers as Lawrence Block, Janice Lee, Stephen L. Carter, Lee Child, Patrick McCabe, and Francine Prose, The Dark End of the Street edited by Jonathan Santlofer and S. J. Rozan, presents an elegant, eek-inducing case for seducing readers with kinky, cautionary yarns about sex and crime.”—Elle

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596916838
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 5/11/2010
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

SJ Rozan, a native New Yorker, is the author of eleven novels. Her work has won the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, and Macavity awards for Best Novel and the Edgar for Best Short Story. BRONX NOIR, a short story collection SJ edited, was given the NAIBA "Notable Book of the Year" award. She's served on the National Boards of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, and is ex-President of the Private Eye Writers of America. In January 2003 she was an invited speaker at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The 2005 Left Coast Crime convention in El Paso, Texas made her its Guest of Honor. A former architect in a practice that focused on police stations, firehouses, and zoos, SJ Rozan lives in lower Manhattan.

Jonathan Santlofer is the author of five novels and a highly respected artist whose work has been written about and reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, Artforum, and Arts, and appears in many public, private, and corporate collections. He serves on the board of Yaddo, one of the oldest artist communities in the country. Santlofer lives and works in New York City.

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  • Posted June 30, 2010

    A stroll down the Dark Side

    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

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  • Posted October 25, 2010

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    A very good collection

    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.

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  • Posted June 4, 2010

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    Out Of The Shadows

    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.

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