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Dangerous Women: Original Stories from Today's Greatest Suspense Writers    edited by Otto Penzler order for
Dangerous Women
by Otto Penzler
Order:  USA  Can
Mysterious Press, 2005 (2005)

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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Love short stories? Like to read about women who don't live the role expected of them? Like to have a villain get away with something? Then Dangerous Women is the perfect book for you. As an occasional writer myself, I know how hard it can be to produce a good short story. To quickly present your characters, work up to a crime, and finish with a credible ending is a formidable task.

That task was met admirably by the writers whose stories are featured in this exciting new anthology. Each one deals with a woman most of us would rather not meet. A sniper in Vietnam, a traveler at an airport, someone seeking a killer, a woman who reaches from the grave to point a finger, killers hoping to feel something. There's a story for everyone. Clever, ingenious, thrilling, exciting, fast-paced and just downright good writing from some of the best writers in the field of mystery.

There's J. A. Jance, Jeffrey Deaver, Ed McBain, Walter Mosley, Ann Perry, Ian Rankin, Nelson DeMille with his first short story in twenty-five years. This list is just to whet your appetite. There are thirteen top-drawer writers represented in Dangerous Women. Get a copy, sit back and enjoy. Maybe it would be a good idea not to be alone while you read ... or maybe, it would be best if you were.

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