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These 18 original stories, edited by Edgar and Shamus Award winner Coben (Tell No One) and penned by some of today's greatest suspense writers-including Laura Lippman and Ridley Scott-focus on crimes of passion, violence, and revenge. Narrators Alan Sklar (The Looming Tower), Karen White (My Kind of Place), and John Lee (The Secret History of the World) are wonderfully matched to the material-especially Sklar (see Behind the Mike, LJ3/1/09), whose rumbling bass can be menacing or naïve, depending on the narrative atmosphere. Highly recommended for public libraries, especially those with lots of commuters among their patrons. [Audio clip available through
I'm also not big on serial killers hacking people up for no reason. Or conspiracies reaching the White House. There are people who write them well. But they don't really grab your heart, do they?
You want something bigger, more complex, more driven. You want something that you can relate to. You want to read about the crime that you can almost ALMOST see yourself committing. You want the story to explore a place as small as your fist and as vast as the universe. You want the story to trek through a land you know so well and yet you'll never really understand.
In short, you want the story set in the human heart. You want it personal. You want it to be about you and that special someone who is lying beside you. You love your partner, don't you? The way she sleeps peacefully. The way she tosses and turns. You could stare at her all night. Or maybe ...?
Those are exactly the kinds of stories that have been assembled for your reading pleasure within the pages of this anthology. With the assistance of the Mystery Writers of America, nineteen of today's top mystery authors, from established bestselling pros to new writers, have provided a collection of masterful mystery and suspense stories that all delve into the pulsating heart of relationships most foul or, worse, most splendid. They will, I think, give new meaning to the ultimate expression of "till death do us part."
Lest you think that mystery writers are all cynical curmudgeons, there are also several stories in here that celebrate the power of a loving relationship as it pertains to crime and punishment (which is possible). But at least half of these stories end badly for one spouse or both. Come to think of it, according to statistics, that's about the percentage of marriages that end in real life, although usually by not so permanent means.
So give your spouse or special other a big kiss and a hug before settling down to read these stories of domestic discord and marital malice (if you're single, then you don't have anything to worry about, unless this introduction has made you think about keeping a closer eye on your significant other, but that's another anthology altogether) as we present all-new crimes of the heart in Death Do Us Part.
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|The home front||27|
|The last flight||55|
|Part light, part memory||70|
|Till death do us part||115|
|The cold, hard truth||125|
|A few small repairs||212|
|One true love||247|
|Pushed or was fell||288|
Posted December 9, 2008
This superb eighteen story collection focuses on crimes of passion in which lust or love leads inevitably to murder. The contributions are well written though a bit ghoulish as red stands for blood not lips. The authors are a who¿s who of the genre (Coben, Todd, DuBois, Child, etc.) who provide fascinating tales that span various eras and locales. DEATH DO US PART is a fun anthology though as Mr. Coben points out in the first line of the Introduction: 'I'm about to give away the ending' as the theme for the most part takes away any shockers and surprise spins. Still this is a terrific look at true love through the lens of the Mystery Writers of America who take their vows seriously.----------------- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.