Tales Out of School: Mystery Stories Hardcover – Nov 2000
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Mystery veteran Wheat, author of the Cass Jameson series, presents a collection of 19 crime stories that run the gamut of themes from cats to Marilyn Monroe. In her introduction to the collection, Wheat refers to the mostly dark tales as "depressing," but uplifting moments do occur. For example, in the delightful "On the Take," a young rookie cop believes his partner is taking kickbacks--until he realizes that the older man is simply finding homes for stray cats. And in "Crime Scene," a veteran detective instructs a female rookie not to hide her feelings at the scene of a gruesome murder, showing her the value of letting emotions flow freely. However, the title tale is definitely not an example of a feel-good story as a young boy witnesses--and does not report--the mass murder of a family. Wheat's skill in concocting fascinating plots and memorable characters in such a short span of pages is truly remarkable. For fans of mystery short stories, this is a must-have collection. Jenny McLarin
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