Reviewing an anthology of short stories has to be one of the hardest things a reviewer can do, especially if the stories are all written by different authors.
In this book, we are given twelve different stories by twelve different authors but with one theme uniting them all: assassins. The genres include science fiction, fantasy, contemporary, and horror. Like all anthologies, there were some I liked, some I didn't care much for, but not because of the writing. Each story is well crafted and well written. Because we are dealing with assassins, some touch on the macabre and are a little too graphic for me, but that is a personal issue and not one of craft. Overall, the stories were very good.
If you don't have a lot of time to invest in reading, anthologies are a good place to go. Each story is complete with beginning, middle, and satisfying - if sometimes bizarre - endings. They're good for a quick read when you don't have time for a novel. If you like the odd, sometimes bloody, occasionally funny, but always intriguing world of assassins, then this book is for you.
Reviewed by Vicky Burkholder