These Guns for Hire: 31 Short Stories about Hitmen

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What does it feel like to be a hitman?

Find out in These Guns for Hire, an explosive collection of 31 stories about mercenary murderers that'll have you diving for cover. This is literally the greatest "hits" of some of today's finest writers in the mystery and suspense genre. The stories in this heart-pumping anthology are guaranteed to blow away all crime and mystery lovers. Among the taut thrillers, cold-blooded crimes, supernatural horror, and hilarious hijinks, you'll find:...

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Overview

What does it feel like to be a hitman?

Find out in These Guns for Hire, an explosive collection of 31 stories about mercenary murderers that'll have you diving for cover. This is literally the greatest "hits" of some of today's finest writers in the mystery and suspense genre. The stories in this heart-pumping anthology are guaranteed to blow away all crime and mystery lovers. Among the taut thrillers, cold-blooded crimes, supernatural horror, and hilarious hijinks, you'll find:

• A desperate woman who calls a suicide hotline and is bamboozled into performing a major contract hit

• An American killer in Japan who makes the mistake of bringing a gun to a sword fight

• A down-and-out jailbird who is paid to help a woman win a major beauty pageant—by permanently disfiguring the competition

•The funniest FBI wire transcript about murderous mobsters—and pet lemurs—you'll ever read

• A bounty hunter who gets some shockingly unexpected help in tracking down his prey—from a nun

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Publishers Weekly
These Guns for Hire, an all-original anthology edited by J.A. Konrath, showcases 31 stories about hit men. Notable contributors include David Morrell, M.J. Rose, Reed Farrel Coleman, Brian M. Wiprud and Ken Bruen. SF/Fantasy/ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Why would one person snuff out another for money? This collection of hitmen (and hitwomen) stories offers 31 possible answers, one for each story included, and they range from professional pride to pure inbred dumbness. Authors include both the comparatively unknown (Julie Hyzy, whose "Strictly Business" is all down-and-dirty business) to such stalwarts as Max Allan Collins, Ed Gorman, Lawrence Block, and David Morrell (whose "The Attitude Adjuster" will ensure you notice the next road construction worker you pass). Brian M. Wiprud offers a brief comic dialog about the quandaries of disposing of a lemur. The many pleasures of pulp are here in abundance, befitting on several levels the anthology's subject. According to the publisher, which has been getting a lot of mileage out of edgy prose lately, the authors represent a combined total of $500 million in book sales. That ought to add up to at least a few requests at your library. For all public libraries. Bob Lunn, Kansas City P.L., MO Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567319651
  • Publisher: MJF Books
  • Publication date: 11/20/2009
  • Pages: 438
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.70 (d)

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    Short stories for those that don't like to read.

    I'm not an avid reader, and don't care to invest in the time to read a novel. So when I saw this book of short stories on hired hit men and assassins, it looked like a it was what I would read. Thinking each story was about as long as a novel chapter, I could read a story with every sitting. I have read four or five of the stories by varios authors I have never heard of. So far, I am very pleased with this book. So if your like me, or know someone that is, buy this book. Maybe you'll watch less tv and use your brain more.

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