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m grateful to Titan for a free advance copy of Exit WoundsI love a good themed anthology, I find an anthology does several things for me, as a reader First, if well chosen and the authors in this one are among the best their perspectives what s the right word for a gang of authors A plot can shedlight or dark on a subject than any single writer could Here, that theme is the exit from a crime or a criminal situation That exit might be a death, or an escape, orloosely m grateful to Titan for a free advance copy of Exit WoundsI love a good themed anthology, I find an anthology does several things for me, as a reader First, if well chosen and the authors in this one are among the best their perspectives what s the right word for a gang of authors A plot can shedlight or dark on a subject than any single writer could Here, that theme is the exit from a crime or a criminal situation That exit might be a death, or an escape, orloosely the winding down of the events It s perceptive, I think, to focus on this aspect when a great deal of crime writing deals with the before the build up and or the after the investigation Here attention is mainly on the cusp after one, and before the other Although in some of these stories such as Joe R Lansdale Booty and the Beast the exit may have been long ago Another valuable service anthologies serve is giving authors space to tackle things a bit differently, to visit aspects of their fiction that might not be enough for a full blown novel but, nevertheless, fill in details or illustrate ideas that are useful in understanding the whole So for example here in Steph Broadribb s Fool You Twice we see an early adventure of her hero Lori Anderson I am and always have been a member of TeamLori, a fan of Broadribb s indefatigable bounty hunter, former exotic dancer and mother so it was a delight to read this, the earliest story about her, showing how she made a start on her own and that she was, form the very beginning, capable, brave, determined and on the side of the angels And in John Connolly s splendidly named On the Anatomization of an Unknown Man 1637 by Frans Mier we see a dark world that might, or might not, fit with his Fractured Atlas universe having just read Connolly s A Book of Bones I read out that way though there is no explicit connection but the shadowy demi monde of artists, surgeons and anatomists hinted at here could be taking place behind that story In particular the creeping doubt over just what this story is and how it related to the painting being described is delightfully creepy.The final joy of an anthology like this is that you re certain to pick up accessible writing both by authors you know and those you don t whether the latter are ones you have wanted to try but haven t got round to, and by those you didn t know, but can now explore in future Overall, a triple win, I d say.So here are nineteen stories, most of them published here for the first time, and all excellent The Bully by Jeffery Deaver is a neat little story, reflecting Deaver s encyclopaedic knowledge of forensics, in which you understand everything that s happening until you don t Dead Weight by Fiona Cummins is a bleak tale in which Lula suffers repeated psychological abuse and body shaming from her controlling mother There are some stomach churning moments of realisation here Were there hints about the mother s motivations I wasn t sure but this really left an impression I really enjoyed Like a Glass Jaw by Mark Billingham Dealing, I think, with how women and men cope differently with their lives, we meet a man of the old school he notes that there were mainly women at his gym session, so no pressure on him , perhaps a bit of a villain, though past his prime A spiral of events leads him somewhere he didn t intend to be, but was the whole thing a result of the male outlook adding two and two to make five I also loved Sarah Hilary s The Pitcher which reminded me of Roald Dahl or Joan Aiken Marmalade Wine at their very best, a deliciously wicked little tale with a decided aha moment a very chilling moment.I wondered if stretching things to call Discipling by Martin Waites a crime story, pure and simple, though there is an implied exit, as this is I think a story with no victim Or at least no unwilling victim Nevertheless I wouldn t have had it left out The Consumers by Dennis LeHane isconventionally crime y, a bitter little story, featuring an abused wife and a hitman For a short story it packs in a great deal, including reflections on personal responsibility, culpability and the sources of wealth The exit sought here looks like an easy way out, but life has a habit of being complicated Another of my favourites in this anthology.The next two in the anthology, Voices Through the Wall by Alex Gray and Lee Child s Wet With Rain are both definitely aftermath stories In Voices, the offender is wholly absent leaving an echo of dis ease and we re simply left to wonder as we piece together a sad chain of events In Wet With Rain, almost a mini thriller, we follow a pair of Americans who are clearly up to something dodgy in Northern Ireland, with their implausible story about buying up the birthplace of a noted writer but what do they really want I had sort of guessed the what from a couple of clues in the text but the what next completely blindsided me.I will now make a terrible confusion Until reading this anthology I hadn t ever read any Val McDermid I know Now I know what I m missing Happy Holidays features McDermid s criminal profiler Dr Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan, investigating a series of murders that seem themed around traditional holidays When Santa disappears, things seem to have become serious But what is really behind the chain of grisly killings Christopher Fowler s Lebensraum, in contrast, reads less as a specifically crime adventure though there is a background of villainy in it than as an allegory It s a story of an old woman whose house is progressively taken over by strangers loud strangers how strut around in uniforms and speak of their cause Illustrating the theme of Exit Wounds almost perfectly, the narrator almost seems to be fading from her own life Whether at the end she s a symbol of endurance or a victim is unclear A powerful and disturbing story Mark Billingham s Dancing Towards the Blade is another story that ends on a note of ambiguity Billingham s story sees cultures collide as Vincent a young man of colour encounters racist bullies on his run down estate Cutting between the bleakness of that confrontation and the vibrant coming of age ceremony for, I think, his father, Dancing Towards the Blade, like Lebensraum confronts the realities of newly confident racism and hatred.Kittens by Dean Koontz is perhaps another story of hatred but on adomestic scale It is both grim and sad read it at your peril Featuring a bullying and ignorant father who warps religion to terrorise his daughter, it is strong stuff as is AK Benedict s Take my Hand Benedict is another writer I look out for I wish there wasby her I could read so I was delighted to see this half crime, half spooky story about a nasty museum exhibit and the plans of some nasty schoolchildren to make mischief with it Definitely one of my favourites Dressed to Kill byJames Oswald has aspects on common with Take My Hand I ll say nospoilers as a series of deaths come to light which bear striking similarities The only problem is, they are murder suicides and they take place decades apart.There s a twist of dark humour to the final three stories in this volume Joe R Lansdale s Booty and the Beast is almost a comic caper, as three villains jostle for the legacy of a lone gone crime Exits, again They seem to be three particularly vile people and the way things turn out another exit is curiously satisfying In Paul Finch s The New Lad almost novella length we see what Greater Manchester Police do with the new boy in the team They put him on duty guarding a lonely crime scene late at night on his own, ion course Deploying the full register of spooky scares, twists and foreshadowing, this story is a miniature masterpiece in tension Finally, in Louise Jensen s The Recipe, the husband has already exited, leaving his middle aged wife to pick up the pieces of her life She seems to be managing very well, but will the arrival of her sister bring unwelcome memories These are entertaining, varied stories, almost all compulsively readable Do give them a try , , .CIELA Bookshttp knigolandia.info book review i A brand new anthology of crime stories written by masters of the genre, including Jeffrey Deaver, Elly Griffiths and Joe R LandsdaleA brand new anthology of crime stories written by masters of the genre Thank to Sarah Mather from Titan Books for my Advanced Copy RTC 3.5 5 I voluntarily reviewed this book from the PublisherI will be the first to admit that I don t tend to read many short stories and this is something that I would like to rectify so when EXIT WOUNDS arrived through my letterbox, I was delighted to try something a little different From serial killers picking off their prey to those hell bent on revenge, this collection of crime stories from some of the best in the business grabbed my attention at the very first story and every one thereafter Dark I voluntarily reviewed this book from the PublisherI will be the first to admit that I don t tend to read many short stories and this is something that I would like to rectify so when EXIT WOUNDS arrived through my letterbox, I was delighted to try something a little different From serial killers picking off their prey to those hell bent on revenge, this collection of crime stories from some of the best in the business grabbed my attention at the very first story and every one thereafter Dark, twisted, and with characters that got under my skin in just a few pages, EXIT WOUNDS is a must read for short story and crime fiction fans the world over While each and every story is different and fresh there were a few that I favoured The Bully by Jeffrey Deaver, Happy Holidays by Val McDermid, and The Pitcher by Sarah Hilary All the stories are excellent and brimming with tension but there was just that extra something about those three that made me take a deep breath while reading them Compelling characters, sinister plots, and crackling atmosphere can all be found in the short stories nestled among the pages of EXIT WOUNDS and I highly recommend it to all fiction readers, especially those who are unsure about short stories because this collection is sure to change your mind 4 ,. Great selection of short stories from a plethora of excellent writers Full review to follow. 1 .1.2,.2 ,,.3 , 1 .1.2,.2 ,,.3 ,4 1637 ,1637 56 , 2 3.7 ,, 8 6.9 , , , 10 11.12 .13 .14.15 16 ,.17,.18,.19 4,5 Ok here it is This short stories novel are just that, short A quick read indeed but some of the stories go nowhere or needelaboration on the plot Some of the stories are fantastic and to the point of noexpansion in the storytelling Some of the stories just wonder why are in the book itself 3 stars I think is fair If you looking something to read or snippets here and there when you get time, this is the book but by al means is not a memorable book.