I read every single story in this one. There are many wonderful, good short stories with a twist, revelation, etc. in every one. I found them enjoyable when I was able to understand the writer's work. If you like mysteries, these books always provide a nice variety of writing styles and authors some known and some unknown.
1. "Keller's Last Refuge" by Lawrence Block
I thought that he should have retitled it "Panache" if you read it and understand why. A nice beginning story about a hitman.
2."Safe" by Gary A. Braunbeck
The story connects a horrifying massacre in the past to one in the present. That survivor's story is filled with guilt and grief of his own. I found this story to be edgy and daring. I really enjoyed it but hated the senseless crimes in it.
3."Fatherhood" by Thomas H. Cook
A great but sad story. It's told in first person about a man who marries the woman of his dreams and their son who only wanted to love his father. A good but predictable twist but not much sympathy for the narrator in this one.
4."Wrong Place, Wrong Time" by Jeffrey Deaver
It's about a crime in a Vermont town where a robbery has gone terribly wrong.
5."Netmail" by Brendan DuBois
A very interesting story about email blackmail going terribly wrong.
6."Redneck" by Loren D. Estleman
A mixed up couples murder taken place at the Alamo motel. It's an okay story.
7."And Maybe the Horse Will Learn to Sing" by Gregory Fallis
A wife hires a PI to follow her husband who she suspects his cheating. It has a nice twist in this one without anybody getting murdered or killed.
8."Poachers" by Tom Franklin
A memorable story about three Gates brothers in Alabama. The writing was very descriptive, detailed, and you felt like you were right there. A very good story.
9. "Hitting Rufus" by Victor Gischler
A small town in Mississippi hires a killer to take out Rufus. Surprisingly humorous and easy to follow about an entire town taking out a dictator-type character.
10."Out There in the Darkness" by Ed Gorman
A good story about vigilante that went wrong with four friends trying to stop burglars in the act. Without giving the story away, it reminds me of the film, "Deliverance," but it has it's own uniqueness with it.
11."Survival" by Joseph Hansen
A Bohemian man gets kidnapped by a white supremacist militia group in Idaho on the verge of terrorism. It's very good.
12."A Death in Ho-Chi Minh Trail" by David Hanford
An interesting mystery story about the murder of an American soldier in Vietnam on the Ho-Chi Minh trail. There are surprising twists in this one about what actually happened and why.
13."An Innocent Bystander" by Gary Krist
A man picks up a young hitch-hiker and takes her home for the night. The twist occurs with what happens later and I don't want to spoil what happens here. It's a good story and I didn't see the twist coming.
14."The Jailhouse Lawyer" by Phillip Margolin
The lawyer reminds you of Gerry Spence recalls the best lawyer wasn't an actual lawyer but a convict who became his own lawyer and the circumstances involving the crimes. Another twist that goes on that you won't see coming.
15."Secret,Silent" by Joyce Carol Oates
A clever story form writing genius, Joyce Carol Oates, about a young girl, Kathryn who embarks on a trip to Albany in upstate New York from her hometown to be interviewed at a college there. On the Greyhound bus ride, she meets Karla and strikes an unlikely friendship. Oates is very well known to be detailed and very organized in this story.
16."In Flanders Fields" by Peter Robinson
The setting for this story is World War II English village where Mad Maggie is found mysteriously murdered during an air raid. The main character determines to learn who killed her and why and stumbles on her madness. I found it interesting especially with World War I as part of the mystery.
17."Dry Whiskey" by David B. Silva
An adult son and his alcoholic father's relationship since the death of his mother from ovarian cancer. An interesting story but not surprising.
18."Sacrifice" by L.L. Thrusher
A sad story about a PI following a young distraught mother and her young daughter in California with disappointing results. A good but sad story.
19."Bech Noir" by John Updike
An unsuccessful writer gets back at scornful critics. It's an interesting story.