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Irreconcilable differences
Matera, Lia.
First edition.
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New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, [1999]

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354 pages ; 25 cm
Tusk / Joyce Carol Oates -- The perfect revenge / Amanda Cross -- Eye to eye / Jeffrey Deaver -- Stutter step / John Lutz -- Miami heat / Edna Buchanan -- Wishful thinking / Bill Pronzini -- Up at the riverside / Marcia Muller -- Paleta man / Laurie R. King -- Buried treasure / Sarah Lovett -- An unsuspected condition of the heart / Jan Burke -- Legacy / Jeremiah Healy -- Fresh paint / Julie Smith -- Just desserts / Judith Kelman -- Half of something / Margaret Maron -- Heart break / Gillian Roberts -- All's well that ends / Joan Hess -- Love thy neighbor / Sarah Shankman -- Showdown at the terminal oasis / Pete Hautman -- Fun with forensics / Eileen Dreyer -- If it can't be true / Lia Matera.
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The Phrase Irreconcilable differences has become an unwelcome and painful fact of life for countless married couples, not to mention business partners, families, and neighbors. As this mesmerizing collection proves, no bland legal euphemism can ever disguise the cut-to-the-quick resentments, violent recriminations, and chilling betrayals of a partnership gone wrong. With 20 tales from today's most successful writers of crime fiction, including:
-- National Book Award Winner Joyce Carol Oates,
-- New York Times-bestselling author Edna Buchanan,
-- Edgar Award-winner Laurie R. King,
-- Julie Smith,
-- Agatha Award-winner Margaret Maron.Irreconcilable Differences is an irresistible anthology that treads the emotional minefield of intimacy; fidelity, and devotion, with lethal results.

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Booklist Review

Here's a collection of 20 short stories that should appeal to pretty much every mystery reader. The contributors' list reads like a who's-who of contemporary mystery fiction: John Lutz, Laurie R. King, Marcia Muller, Margaret Maron, Edna Buchanan, and many more. Naturally, some of the stories are better than others, but they're all very good; unlike many short-story collections, there's not a dud in the bunch. It's a broad theme--"irreconcilable differences" can cover disputes between friends, coworkers, lovers, relatives--and each contributor brings his or her own special gifts to the table. Readers will see some familiar characters here (Muller's Sharon McCone, for instance), but most of the contributors put aside their series regulars and have some fun creating new characters. Fans of these writers' popular series will really enjoy the chance to see them doing something new. This is, in short, a can't-miss collection. --David Pitt

Publisher's Weekly Review

Although this anthology contains 20 original short stories, most of which are very good, it's worth the asking price just for Joyce Carol Oates's entry, "Tusk." There, a teenage boy, whose home life is tormented, brings a knife to school; as the day passes, his anger builds toward a terrible climax. Other especially noteworthy tales come from Laurie King, Bill Pronzini, Marcia Muller, Edna Buchanan, Jeffery Deaver, Jan Burke, Amanda Cross and Gillian Roberts. King's story of a paleta man, an ice cream vendor who walks the streets of a barrio neighborhood and knows the secrets of its inhabitants, is masterly. Burke, meanwhile, evokes the spirit of Georgette Heyer's Regency novels in her vibrant tale of murderous goings-on at a 19th-century stately home. Editors and readers who are tired of the current proliferation of memoirs may applaud "The Perfect Revenge" that occurs in Cross's story. Pronzini, an expert at concise but suspenseful stories, tells the riveting tale of a husband and wife who keep escalating their quarrels during a series of hot summer nights. On the lighter side, former trauma nurse Eileen Dreyer has some farcical "Fun with Forensics." Despite the title, no story here is a conventional tale of divorce or domestic argument. Instead, here are satisfyingly twisted plots based on the differences that can spark violence between spouses, neighbors, partners and even old friends. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Lia MateraJoyce Carol OatesAmanda CrossJeffery DeaverJohn LutzEdna BuchananBill PronziniMarcia MullerLaurie R. KingSarah LovettJan BurkeJeremiah HealyJulie SmithJudith KelmanMargaret MaronGillian RobertsJoan HessSarah ShankmanPete HautmanEileen DreyerLia Matera
Introductionp. vii
Tuskp. 1
The Perfect Revengep. 25
Eye To Eyep. 41
Stutter Stepp. 61
Miami Heatp. 79
Wishful Thinkingp. 99
Up At The Riversidep. 109
Paleta Manp. 131
Buried Treasurep. 149
An Unsuspected Condition Of The Heartp. 161
Legacyp. 175
Fresh Paintp. 213
Just Dessertsp. 229
Half Of Somethingp. 251
Heart Breakp. 265
All's Well That Endsp. 281
Love Thy Neighborp. 295
Showdown At The Terminal Oasisp. 311
Fun With Forensicsp. 323
If It Can't Be Truep. 339