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Once Upon a Crime: Fairy Tales for Mystery Lovers
     

Once Upon a Crime: Fairy Tales for Mystery Lovers

by Ed Gorman (Editor), Martin H. Greenberg (Editor)
 

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Fairy tales have caught the imagination of readers--and writers--for generations. The themes that so enchanted the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen also fascinate mystery writers of today, and are the mainstay of their stories--themes of envy, greed, jealousy, spite, revenge, and of course, a life-or-death climax. Now, in the hands of some of the most

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Fairy tales have caught the imagination of readers--and writers--for generations. The themes that so enchanted the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen also fascinate mystery writers of today, and are the mainstay of their stories--themes of envy, greed, jealousy, spite, revenge, and of course, a life-or-death climax. Now, in the hands of some of the most respected mystery writers of the decade, stories such as the confinement of Rapunzel, the peril of Little Red Riding Hood, and many others are given a compelling, suspenseful twist. But unlike the well-known traditional tales, the endings found here aren't always the familiar ones you remember--or expect. Contributors include: Doug Allyn Simon Brett Gary Braunbeck Jon Breen Simon Clark Mat Coward Bill Crider Peter Crowther Janet Dawson William DeAndrea Brendan DuBois Elizabeth Engstrom Ed Gorman Jane Haddam John Helfers Joan Hess Edward D. Hoch John Lutz Sharyn McCrumb Audrey Peterson Gillian Roberts Les Roberts Kristine Kathryn Rusch Anne Wingate

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Pam Lambert
With a satisfying mix of plot twists, wit, and the occasional touch of pathos, Once Upon a Crime offers a hearty helping of reading treats. -- People
Library Journal
The contributors gathered here, who include William DeAndrea and Joan Hess, place Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Snow White, and others in modern context. This clever premise should make the anthology a popular choice among readers.
Kirkus Reviews
Most fairy tales are already so full of innocent victims, monstrous malefactors, and sudden violence that it doesn't take much of a push to send them over the edge into the realm of crime fiction, as in this overstuffed collection of 24 brand-new stories. Some of the authors go it straight, changing only the milieu of Rapunzel (Brendan DuBois's imprisoned computer programmer), Hansel and Gretel (Janet Dawson's L.A. street kids), the Snow Queen (Sharyn McCrumb's cocaine-addicted Kay), the Brave Little Tailor (Les Roberts's costume designer), or the Twelve Dancing Princesses (Anne Wingate's Mafia daughters). Bill Crider enters a plea on behalf of Red Riding Hood's wolf, and Gillian Roberts and William L. DeAndrea ask what happens after happily ever after. The more adventurous entries range farther afield. Joan Hess's Snow White carries the Seven Dwarfs in her head as multiple personalities; Elizabeth Engstorm's Hansel and Gretel fall prey to a fiendishly cold-blooded kidnaping scheme; Jane Haddam reimagines Rapunzel as sordidly compelling pathology; and co-editor Gorman turns "Gossip Wolf and the Fox" into a vintage small-town nightmare. Jon L. Breen, Simon Clark, Mat Coward, Gary A. Braunbeck, Edward D. Hoch, John Lutz, John Helfers, Simon Brett, Peter Crowther, Audrey Peterson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Doug Allyn round out a circle whose provocative concept makes it more satisfying as a whole than in any particular story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425163016
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/1998
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.33(d)

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