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Flesh & Blood: Erotic Tales of Crime and Passion Paperback – Apr 1 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Mysterious Press (April 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446677779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446677776
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 20.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 327 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,578,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

From Publishers Weekly

Patterned after the long-running anthology series, Hot Blood, which Gelb cofounded, this collection offers 17 original tales and one "classic" that combine "hot passion and cold blood," as Collins describes it in his introduction. Although the original contributions were invited, the anthology often reads like a classroom assignment, with some stories hitting the mark and others missing badly. Several old pros prove adept at using the theme without losing the tight focus required. Donald Westlake's "The Girl of My Dreams," the collection's classic, is a high point. Edward D. Hoch, a master of the form, sets a mini-mystery in a club for the sexually adventurous in Paris in 1933. Stuart M. Kaminsky's tale has a hook so clever it will elicit grins and groans. Loren Estleman has no trouble acing the assignment with his story, "Evil Grows." Lawrence Block, another master of the short story, unfortunately isn't up to his usual form. Other authors include Gelb, Michael Garrett, Ed Gorman, Vicki Hendricks, Terrill Lankford, Wendi Lee, Dick Lochte, Annette Meyers, Gary Phillips, Robert J. Randisi and Thomas S. Roche. Despite some good efforts, too many of the stories offer plenty of sex or violence or both but seem forced and artificial as they wrestle with theme and form. With some highly recognizable names as well as potential crossover from Hot Blood fans, however, this anthology should prove once again that sex and violence sell.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

This first volume of a new anthology series collects 18 "erotic noir" stories featuring perpetrators as well as detectives. Each series title will contain previously unpublished stories by top and upcoming mystery writers except for one, which will constitute a "classic crime corner." Donald Westlake's "The Girl of My Dreams" fills that spot here. Looks good.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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By Jeff Gelb on March 30 2001
Format: Paperback
Mystery writer Max Allan Collins wrote many great stories for my earlier collections, Hot Blood, Shock Rock and Fear Itself. So he was a natural editorial partner for our new mystery anthology with an erotic twist, Flesh & Blood. We gathered together a powerhouse list of contributors who have delivered wonderfully sexy suspense stories. In fact, veteran thriller writer T. Jefferson Parker said, "Flesh & Blood is a wonderful addition to any mystery lover's bookcase. Kind of nasty, kind of grim, often funny and always entertaining - I enjoyed these stories very much." Hope you do too!
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This anthology centers on sex and violence. Most of the contributions are new stories that heat up the pages with torrid sex scenes. Although the authors are excellent writers, the basic flaw in this collection is that the short format does not lend itself to scorching bedroom scenes and a powerful mystery plot. FLESH AND BLOOD: EROTIC TALES OF CRIME AND PASSION contains well-written tales, but leans too heavily on the erotica at the expense of the mystery, leaving the audience to wonder who done it?

Harriet Klausner
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I would have appropriately titled this book "Flesh and Blood: Tales of Crime" because that would have garnered 5 stars. I found little evidence of eroticism and passion in most of the stories, and when any hint of them would arise, it was short-lived. I enjoyed the tales overall, but was mislead. I then became frustrated reading tale after tale in search of what Max Collins had promised in the introduction. The anticipation of what to expect from the introduction, was in fact, the most exciting portion of the book.
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I enjoyed Jeff Gelb's "Hot Blood" series. I have been looking eagerly for more in the series. When I saw this title put together by Mr. Gelb I just knew it would be great. Big mistake! Something went really wrong here. The stories are poorly written and read like a bad violent movie with the laughable love scenes. Silly nad disappointing.
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Amazon.com: 4 reviews
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Plenty of sex and violence April 2 2001
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This anthology centers on sex and violence. Most of the contributions are new stories that heat up the pages with torrid sex scenes. Although the authors are excellent writers, the basic flaw in this collection is that the short format does not lend itself to scorching bedroom scenes and a powerful mystery plot. FLESH AND BLOOD: EROTIC TALES OF CRIME AND PASSION contains well-written tales, but leans too heavily on the erotica at the expense of the mystery, leaving the audience to wonder who done it?

Harriet Klausner
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not at all what I expected Feb. 6 2002
By James Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed Jeff Gelb's "Hot Blood" series. I have been looking eagerly for more in the series. When I saw this title put together by Mr. Gelb I just knew it would be great. Big mistake! Something went really wrong here. The stories are poorly written and read like a bad violent movie with the laughable love scenes. Silly nad disappointing.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Non-Erotic Tales of Crime June 3 2002
By Roger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I would have appropriately titled this book "Flesh and Blood: Tales of Crime" because that would have garnered 5 stars. I found little evidence of eroticism and passion in most of the stories, and when any hint of them would arise, it was short-lived. I enjoyed the tales overall, but was mislead. I then became frustrated reading tale after tale in search of what Max Collins had promised in the introduction. The anticipation of what to expect from the introduction, was in fact, the most exciting portion of the book.
3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
EDITOR'S COMMENTS March 30 2001
By Jeff Gelb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Mystery writer Max Allan Collins wrote many great stories for my earlier collections, Hot Blood, Shock Rock and Fear Itself. So he was a natural editorial partner for our new mystery anthology with an erotic twist, Flesh & Blood. We gathered together a powerhouse list of contributors who have delivered wonderfully sexy suspense stories. In fact, veteran thriller writer T. Jefferson Parker said, "Flesh & Blood is a wonderful addition to any mystery lover's bookcase. Kind of nasty, kind of grim, often funny and always entertaining - I enjoyed these stories very much." Hope you do too!


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