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Crime Stories: Twenty Thriller Tales [Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged] [MP3 CD]

J. A. Konrath , Luke Daniels , Inc. Brilliance Audio

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Book Description

March 13 2012
The Big Guys - Flash fiction, winner of the Derringer Award. A Fistful of Cozy - A satire of the mystery cozy genre. Cleansing - An ancient crime of biblical proportions. Lying Eyes - Solve it yourself, given the clues. Perfect Plan - Another solve it yourself. Don't you remember One Minute Mysteries and Encyclopedia Brown? Piece of Cake - Another solve it yourself, originally featured in Woman's World. Animal Attraction - Solve it yourself. Urgent Reply Needed - A cautionary tale about dealing with spammers. Blaine’s Deal - A parody of hardboiled noir. Light Drizzle - A light-hearted send-up of hitman stories. An Archaeologist’s Story - How digging up old bones leads to fresh corpses. Don’t Press That Button! - An essay about the gadgets in the James Bond universe, and which you need to buy. Piranha Pool - A writer seeking criticism pays the ultimate price. A Newbie’s Guide to Thrillerfest - Never been to a mystery conference? Here's the in-depth dirt. Inspector Oxnard - He's either brilliant, or too stupid to breathe. One Night Only - A sports fan ends up in jail, all for the love of the game. Could Stephanie Plum Really Get Car Insurance? - An essay about Janet Evanovich's famous character. Cozy or Hardboiled? - Take the test to find out which type of book you're reading. Addiction - What's the worst drug you can get hung up on? Weigh To Go - A humor column about health clubs.

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio on MP3-CD; MP3 Una edition (March 13 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455812218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455812219
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g

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About the Author

J.A. Konrath is the author of the Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels series that includes “Whiskey Sour,” “Bloody Mary,” “Rusty Nail,” “Dirty Martini,” “Fuzzy Navel” and “Cherry Bomb.”

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Amazon.com: 3.1 out of 5 stars  25 reviews
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have collection March 18 2010
By Kippoe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Filled with laugh out loud short stories and some very cool crime and detective stories. this is a great price and so are his other two collections of shorts. One of my favorite parts of the books is each story has an introduction of where the story came to be.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars konrath humor April 12 2011
By AlexD. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I've read JA Konrath's Jack Daniels novels and some of his Jack Kilborn horror--this is sort of a hybrid, with his legendary twisted humor, which ranges from silly to sick, but also shows a broad understanding of the mystery field, from cozy to noir. WHile I wouldn't rank it up there with his best work, Konrath is a writer who will never bore you.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware Feb. 22 2013
By Jeffrey - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read everything I can find by Konrath under his various guises. What links his best work, especially the Jack Daniels series, is a wonderful pacing, the ability to create characters who may be unrealistic at times, but are always appealing. Even his serial killers are fun! In these books, Konrath's humor comes across wonderfully in the context of the story's characters.

I suspect Konrath has never had an original idea in any of his writings. What he does best is to take up tropes from his favorite genres (also my favorite genres as it happens), and give them new twists. He makes them his own and what results is enjoyable, fast paced and that word again, fun, reads.

The author prides himself on his humor, and in this one he confesses to having once attempted to be a standup comedian. As a comedian, he is a great writer. His output is prolific and his confidence that he is really a comedian misplaced as a writer is unshakable (or unstirable to stay in character). Both of these qualities are sometimes his Achilles heal. In terms of the former, nothing is left on the cutting room floor. Rather, it is recycled and diligent readers of his books are often left with a sense of déjà vu. But then again, he is such a terrific writer that second helpings are not so bad. Especially at the prices of his works in kindle versions.

Where Konrath's fans run into trouble however, is when his jokes become the premise of a story rather than a feature of it. Explaining this process in Crime Stories, Konrath notes how he saves up jokes on slips of paper for later use if they don't fit into a particular story. The result at worst is something like Crime Stories. The book tries too hard to be funny and as a result most of the stories contained here are simply tedious. A few were printed in minor journals, conference programs--or for that matter probably on cocktail bar napkins as he is sliding off his stool at the end of long and bleary night. Apparently, a monster, zombie, space alien or--most likely--a sadistic serial killer sees that these musings are found on the body the next day and added to the clutter on his disk top. Others were rejected outright. Some several times by different venues. Never one to waste a word once typed, they are simply thrown back into the hopper. Too many of these rejects are contained in this volume.

There are a few hits among the many misses however. One is a cuttingly hilarious recounting of the authors' side of cons (where the rabble seek to rub shoulders with their favorite writers). The story is wonderfully self-deprecating, and also names names in cutting observations of his fellow 'artistes'. The highpoint of this collection though is also the most telling. In this cautionary tale (a caution which J.A. fails to heed unfortunately), a truly bad story is panned by his wife, his mother, and even his house cat. Rather than take this to to heart, our hero finds a wino (umm, street person, sorry) who he offers five bucks to listen to the story and offer a critique. Having committed the atrocity on the person of the aforementioned derelict (ummm, homeless person, sorry), he then stiffs the victim in retaliation for his unenthusiastic reaction. The story is so bad however, that the enraged bum (umm, domicilecly challenged, sorry)runs him down and demands--and gets--$40 for his pain and suffering. I am sure that this story itself lurks in this collection.

The whole book costs less than $3. I do hope to see a refund of $37.00 to cover my time and disappointment. Alternatively, I would be satisfied to have the author keep my money, but but to run a warning on the cover to the effect of: "Beware, most of these stories have been rejected by publishers, family members, domestic pets and other audiences. Proceed at your own risk"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crime Stories March 8 2014
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I downloaded this book from my library because I like the author. I enjoyed some of the stories but must say that this book was not for me. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the author, as they say give it a try. Enjoy!!!!
3.0 out of 5 stars Hit or miss...some good, some not April 13 2014
By bass player 61 - Published on Amazon.com
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Having read about a dozen of the Konrath/Kilborn catalog, I have learned a few things. One, he has a wild imagination, and has no problems coming up ways to shock the reader. Two, he possesses a sense of humor that is definitely not everybody's cup of tea. It's certainly an acquired taste, and it's anything but mainstream. So it probably reveals more about myself in that I appreciate his humor, and as dark and satirical as it may be, nonetheless I like it. There is plenty of that odd, dark humor in most of these stories, even the ones that lack much of a plot. Overall, this collection is uneven and certainly not his most prolific work, and in his prefaces for each story he virtually admits that some of these will never be considered classics. Although there are some gems here, I wouldn't suggest this book for one's first foray into this author's work. IMO, this collection is more suited for his most ardent fans, those who are familiar with his style. FWIW, my favorites are The Archaeologist's Story, Light Drizzle, A Fistful of Cozy, and Urgent Reply Needed.
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