From Publishers Weekly
Gorman and Greenberg (Stagecoach
) have chosen an outstanding selection of 2005's novellas for this sterling anthology. Two of the best are from Transgressions
, edited by the late Ed McBain: his own strong 87th Precinct story Merely Hate and Sharyn McCrumb's The Resurrection Man, a brilliantly told mystery that would burnish any literary collection. From Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
come Joyce Carol Oates's Honor Code, a study of an adolescent girl's misery; Doug Allyn's bleak Wolf Woman Bay; Clark Howard's twisted double-cross Arizona Heat; and Steve Hockensmith's Gustav Amlingmeyer, Holmes of the Range, a comic tale of the cowboy Sherlock and Watson of the old West. Dick Lochte's Diamond Dog and Carole Nelson Douglas's Junior Partner in Crime contribute dogs, cats and grins, while Jeremiah Healy's Grieving Las Vegas may surprise fans with its darkness. Finally, Brendan Dubois's The Temptation of King David adds a special hook to a biblical tale. (Oct.)
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What can you say about a roster that includes Joyce Carol Oates, Sharyn McCrumb, and Ed McBain, except read this book? Editors Gorman and Greenberg aren't kidding when they call these the finest genre novellas of the last year: McBain's 87th Precinct story, Merely Hate, for example, is a top-of-the-line installment in that long-running series, and on the soft-boiled side of the coin, Carole Nelson Douglas' Junior Partner in Crime, narrated by Midnight Louie Jr., is sure to delight the cozy crowd. Most anthologies have a couple of also-rans for every winner. This one has a mere 10 stories, but they're all winners. Pitt, David