"Opening Shots" humanizes legendary writers and revisits the cutting-edge work from which raw talents broke through in bold and soemtimes experimental fashion. Joan Hess's "Death of a Romance Writer" offers a nifty and humorous literary twist-an inside joke- that Hess describes as "a dollop of revenge for all the abused heroines of romantic fiction." But there's nothing funny about James Sallis's "Jim and Mary G," a disturbing story with a sad conclusion that can be interpreted in more than one way. Says Sallis, "I was just starting to try and write stories that might be read in several ways, or on several levels, simultaneously."
Between its wide variety of stories and styles and its candid personal refelctions from the authors thenselves. "Opening Shots" is a compelling anthology that entertains and offers a glimpse beyond the page and into the mind of the writer.