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The Dark End of the Street: New Stories of Sex and Crime by Today's Top Authors

The Dark End of the Street: New Stories of Sex and Crime by Today's Top Authors

Jonathan Santlofer

Mystery & Thrillers

In one fast-paced story, a strong and aggravated man considers the pretty woman at the bar while he fingers the knife in his pocket. But what becomes of his prey when they move to the bedroom? In another tale, a man remembers the victim of a ghastly murder who visited the same hair salon as he does. And a Don Juan of a protagonist has a hobby of marrying vulnerable women, getting access to their bank accounts, and then robbing them blind. But there is much more to this collection than dark-haired vixens and crimes of passion. Some stories are brooding, some twisted; some bring righteous satisfaction, some linger in the back of your mind. What is truly on display is an impressive collection of literary talent: a group of some of the best writers we have, weaving fresh and memorable stories from a pair of classic themes. Taken as a whole, they are a rare treat for fans of great fiction, whether it's high literature, good old-fashioned suspense, or anything in between. Original black-and-white art by artist/author Jonathan Santlofer completes this innovative, exciting, and irresistibly intriguing book-a true literary gem.From Publishers WeeklyAs Rozan notes in her introduction, she and co-editor Santlofer have made selections from both banks of the stream dividing crime writing and literary writing for this superior anthology of 19 new stories on the twin subjects of sex and crime. Highlights include Laura Lippman's Tricks, in which a con man rips women off after seducing them, and Lawrence Block's Scenarios, which takes the reader inside the fantasies of a sadistic murderer. Stephen L. Carter's gift for intricate plotting is on display in The Hereditary Thurifer, perhaps the volume's most distinctive tale, in which the new white rector of a predominantly African-American Washington, D.C., congregation learns that the church was the site of an unsolved crime of passion. Other contributors include Madison Smartt Bell, Lee Child, Amy Hempel, Jonathan Lethem, Joyce Carol Oates, and Edmund White. (May) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From BooklistNineteen new stories explore the undeniable connection between sex and crime. Represented are crime-fiction luminaries Lee Child, Lawrence Block, Michael Connelly, and Val McDermid, among others. Block takes a standard sexual-predator-on-the-prowl scenario and gives it a half-dozen little twists on the way to a completely unexpected ending. Child, stepping out from his testosterone-heavy Jack Reacher thrillers, presents a tidy little character study about, well . . . it’s not whom it seems to be about. In “The Perfect Triangle,” Connelly’s lawyer-narrator takes a law student–stripper as a client and learns there are similarities in the professions. Janice Lee exposes the sexual and financial tensions faced by two couples who decide to get away for a country weekend. “The Beheading,” by Francine Prose, is a short, haunting tale of a child unhealthily obsessed with decapitation. Uniformly fine writing will attract readers familiar with the marquee authors and introduce them to a talented group of lesser lights. --Wes Lukowsky
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The Marijuana Chronicles

The Marijuana Chronicles

Jonathan Santlofer

Mystery & Thrillers

Featuring brand new stories, poems, prose, and graphics by: Joyce Carol Oates, Lee Child, Linda Yablonsky, Thad Ziolkowski, Raymond Mungo, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Edward Madrid Gomez, Philip Spitzer, Dean Haspiel, Maggie Estep, Amanda Stern, Bob Holman, Abraham Rodriguez, Jan Heller Levi, and others. Pot. Grass. Hash. Hemp. Reefer. Ganja. Dope. Weed. Smoke. Spliff. Mary Jane. Tea. Blunt. The popular drug. The disputed drug. The everyman and -woman drug. Medical marijuana. Recreational pot. For the young, the old, and everyone in between. The drug that doesn't have you pawning the family silver along with your mother for the next toke. It's the easy drug. No shooting up and losing your job. Finally, a book that will address the drug (or, as Arnold Schwarzenegger said, That is not a drug. It is a leaf.) in all its diversity and drama, its folklore and fact, in prose, poems, pictures, and more. Like Dave Chappelle says: Hey, hey, hey. Smoke weed every day.
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The Widower's Notebook

The Widower's Notebook

Jonathan Santlofer

Mystery & Thrillers

A moving, page-turning chronicle of a husband's loss and the loving, modern history of a marriage"This is deeply moving ... beautifully written and modulated, with a dollop of droll, black humor. It is such an achievement, like running uphill against a strong wind."—Joyce Carol OatesOn a summer day Jonathan discovers his wife Joy gasping for breath on their living room couch. After a frenzied 911 call, an ambulance racing across Manhattan, and his ominous hours pacing Bellevue's ER waiting room, the doctor delivers the fateful news. Consumed by his loss, Jonathan desperately tries to pursue life as he always had—teaching writing at Pratt, social engagements, and working on his art—but finds it nearly impossible to admit to anyone, even his beloved daughter Doria, even to himself, just how much he is hurting. And as Jonathan grieves and heals, he must establish exactly what happened to Joy. It is over a year later when he finally finds the...
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The Death Artist

The Death Artist

Jonathan Santlofer

Mystery & Thrillers

Murder is a fine art ...A killer is preying on New York's art community, creating gruesome depictions of famous paintings, using human flesh and blood as his media. Terror stalks this world of genius, greed, inspiration, and jealousy -- a world Kate McKinnon knows all too well. A former NYPD cop who traded in her badge for a Ph.D in art history, Kate can see the method behind the psychopath's madness -- for the grisly slaughter of a former protégé is drawing her into the predator's path. And as each new murder exceeds the last in savagery, Kate is trapped in the twisted obsessions of the death artist, who plans to use her body, her blood, and her fear to create the ultimate masterpiece.
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Anatomy of Fear

Anatomy of Fear

Jonathan Santlofer

Mystery & Thrillers

Jonathan Santlofer uses his formidable skills, both as a writer and an artist, to create a unique thriller with a tantalizing concept: two men—one good, one evil—who think in pictures and whose drawings illustrate this gripping novel. Anatomy of Fear pits Santlofer's new hero, the talented and highly successful police sketch artist Nate Rodriguez, against a vicious murderer who makes portraits of his victims before he kills them. Haunted by the death of his father, an NYPD undercover narc, Nate has avoided the action and buried his emotions behind his pads and pencils for years. But that's all about to change. Brought onto the case to draw the face of a man no one has lived to see, Nate is pulled into the dark and twisted mind of a killer. As the portrait comes to Nate in bits and pieces—a face taking shape in his mind and on the page—the killer uses his own talents to shift the focus of the investigation in a startling and unexpected way. Each drawing moves the men ever closer to each other in a terrifying game of cat and mouse with deadly consequences. Jonathan Santlofer has crafted a brilliant and original suspense novel that mixes prose and pictures, love and hate, cold reality and mysticism, and finally redemption. Anatomy of Fear will have readers on the edge of their seats from the first page—and first picture—to the riveting climax.
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