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One of the most distinctive suspense releases to come along in years, Like a Charm -- about an accursed bracelet and its many ill-fated owners -- is both a collaborative novel and an anthology that includes stories by some of the biggest names in the crime fiction and mystery genres: Laura Lippman, Mark Billingham, Karin Slaughter, Lee Child, and Peter Robinson, to name a few.
The bracelet's journey begins in the North American wilderness during the 19th century. In Slaughter's "Rootbound," a trapper meets an Indian seductress whose primeval magnetism and mesmerizing gold bracelet lead him to the heights of ecstasy -- and to his ultimate doom. After traveling down the Mississippi and across the Atlantic, an emotionally unstable woman working at a veterinary clinic receives the bracelet as a present from her employer in Lynda La Plante's "The Goblin." But the most harmless of intentions are misunderstood and someone ends up being euthanized. Billingham's "Stroke of Luck" pits a cheating wife and her lover, a neurologist named Alan, against her abusive husband. At a late night rendezvous where Alan is preparing to give his lover an old charm bracelet his late mother once owned, the enraged husband shows up -- but so does a homicidal stalker.
This exceptional and riveting work -- a blend of suspense, mystery, and horror -- is noteworthy not only for its array of exceptional short stories but also for how all those stories, like trinkets on a charm bracelet, link up to create a much larger narrative. Mystery and suspense fans looking for something out of the ordinary should definitely check out this highly unusual -- and highly entertaining -- collaborative work. Paul Goat Allen