The Penguin Book Of Crime Stories Volume Ii by Various VariousThe Penguin Book Of Crime Stories Volume Ii by Various Various

The Penguin Book Of Crime Stories Volume Ii

byVarious VariousForeword byPeter Robinson

Paperback | May 11, 2010

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Bestselling Canadian author Peter Robinson once again delivers a special treat for crime fiction lovers: a compilation of outstanding contemporary crime writing from the English-speaking world. With a selection of fifteen stories featuring established writers and new voices, The Penguin Book of Crime Stories Volume II is a rich source of literary menace, psychological insight, and roaring plot. This collection includes riveting stories by Lee Child, John Connolly, Colin Cotterill, Jeffrey Deaver, Sue Grafton, Sophie Hannah, Reginald Hill, Maureen Jennings, and Ruth Rendell. The stories are selected and introduced by Peter Robinson.

PETER ROBINSON is the author of sixteen Inspector Banks novels, including his most recent book Piece of My Heart, as well as two non-series suspense novels, Caedmon's Song and No Cure for Love. Strange Affair was chosen as one of the best books of 2005 by The Globe and Mail, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and January Magazine. Strange...
Title:The Penguin Book Of Crime Stories Volume IiFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.01 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:May 11, 2010Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143172344

ISBN - 13:9780143172345

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great mix of authors Well, if Peter Robinson's name is on the cover, then I'm reading it! He is one of my favourite authors. His Inspector Banks series is well written, intelligent and addicting. The Penguin Book of Crime Stories Volume II is unique in that Robinson approached each of the contributors and asked them to submit a story for consideration that they were proud of, but 'felt it had been neglected.' The result is a compilation of 15 stories from well known authors and a few who were new to me. (Short story collections are a great way to sample and discover new authors.) I tucked this one into my purse last week when I had to attend a series of workshops. Short stories are perfect for sneaking in a read during a break. It's also a lot easier to tear yourself away from reading when you can finish a story! Reginald Hill contributes a story featuring Inspector Pascoe. He's enjoying leisure time in the pub, enjoying a pint with other dog lovers and playing an idle verbal game of 'what would you rescue in a fire?' Has the game become reality when a fire does break out in one of the player's home? An excellent ending! Lee Child also contributes, but it's not a Reacher story. Wolfe, born and bred in the city, is forced to take a job in the suburbs. He finds he quite likes it and tries to figure out a way to stay.... Not Reacher, but an interesting character from an author I enjoy. Kinsey Milhone makes an appearance, agreeing to give up two hours to pacify a woman who comes to her office. What seems to be nothing is something. Again, another excellent ending I didn't see coming. There are several historical stories included as well that I enjoyed from Canadian Maureen Jennings and new to me Canadian author Barbara Fradkin. She's captured the early days of Ottawa and I think Dr. Browne would make an excellent recurring character. What a treat to have a story by Richard Dennis Murphy included. He passed away before he saw his book Darkness Before Noon published. I was somewhat disappointed by Catamount, Ruth Rendell's entry. Nora, from England, visits her friend Carrie in Colorado regularly over the years. She hopes to see a cougar. For me there really was no crime involved, just a tragic inevitability. Well written, but I didn't think it fit. I'm always fascinated with how an author can take a few pages, construct a beginning, middle and end and leave the reader feeling satisfied. And I was happy with Volume II (I also enjoyed volume 1) My only complaint - it ended too soon.....
Date published: 2010-05-26