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The aptly named Thriller anthology is noteworthy for two reasons: It's the first short story collection ever dedicated strictly to thrillers, and it's the first publication from International Thriller Writers, Inc. Included within this monster 576-page compilation are 30 stories from a jaw-dropping gathering of the genre's biggest stars (and all ITW members): Gayle Lynds, John Lescroart, Lee Child, Eric Van Lustbader, David Morrell, Michael Palmer, James Rollins and Steve Berry, to name just a few.
Noteworthy selections include Lynds's "The Hunt for Dmitri," which finds former CIA operative Liz Sansborough thrown once again into a life-and-death adventure involving her father, the infamous assassin known as the Carnivore; and Child's "James Penney's New Identity," a story about a Vietnam vet on the run that includes a cameo from Child's signature character, Jack Reacher -- with a brilliantly twisted ending that is on its own worth the price of the book. F. Paul Wilson's "Interlude at Duane's" pits Repairman Jack against a group of bumbling drugstore robbers, and in Heather Graham's "The Face in the Window," a couple of Floridians try to survive a tropical storm -- and a serial killer on the loose.
Like Legends and Far Horizons, the historic science fiction and fantasy anthologies released in the late 1990s, Thriller features a dream list of genre superstars. But this is more than a who's who of great writers. It's a genuine publishing event and, one hopes, just the beginning of many more collections of adrenaline-laced nail-biters. Don't miss this masterful anthology! Paul Goat Allen