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Murder in the family
Adams Round Table (Group)
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2002.
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viii, 337 pages ; 22 cm
A moment of wrong thinking / Lawrence Block -- The funniest thing has been happening lately / Mary Higgins Clark -- A girl named Charlie / Stanley Cohen -- The letter / Dorothy Salisbury Davis -- Tango is my life / Mickey Friedman -- In the merrry month of mayhem / Joyce Harrington -- My cousin Rachel's Uncle Murray / Susan Isaacs -- The grapes of Roth / Judith Kelman -- Motherly love / Warren Murphy -- Cat in love / Justin Scott -- Ronald, D--! / Peter Straub -- Hold in the head / Whitley Strieber.
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PS648.D4 M8726 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A dozen of today's masters of mystery and suspense present an all-original anthology of compelling, provocative stories, revealing that the families that play together sometimes slay together. Featuring stories by: LAWRENCE BLOCK * MARY HIGGINS CLARK * STANLEY COHEN * DOROTHY SALISBURY DAVIS * MICKEY FRIEDMAN * JOYCE HARRINGTON * SUSAN ISAACS * JUDITH KELMAN * WARREN MURPHY * JUSTIN SCOTT * PETER STRAUB * WHITLEY STRIEBER

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Despite the presence of such well-known mystery and suspense names as Lawrence Block, Mary Higgins Clark and Susan Isaacs, this uneven anthology of a dozen stories gathered loosely under the rubric of "family" is largely disappointing. Block's "A Moment of Wrong Thinking" (seemingly a Matt Scudder tale though the character isn't named) lacks the bite of most of his short fiction. Clark's "The Funniest Thing Has Been Happening Lately" is nicely written but the plot borders on the obvious. Joyce Harrington's "In the Merry Month of Mayhem" rambles for much too long. Peter Straub's strange story, "Ronald, D !," transmogrifies a familiar fictional family of cartoon ducks into humanoid counterparts, while Justin Scott's animal tale, "Cat in Love," features a feline fatale, a mink and a terrier among its murderous suspects. Among the more successful stories are Stanley Cohen's take on a Samaritan and a prostitute, "A Girl Named Charlie," and Susan Isaacs's amusing tangle of two families, one business and a murder, "My Cousin Rachel's Uncle Murray." Warren Murphy manages a clever twist on a frustrated son's care of his elderly mother in "Motherly Love." A stronger editorial hand no editor is credited might have helped, but fans whose expectations aren't too high should welcome favorite authors as well as the chance to sample new ones. (Aug. 6) FYI: This is the sixth volume of original short stories credited to the Adams Round Table, a group of mystery writers founded by Mary Higgins Clark and the late Thomas Chastain, which meets once a month at a midtown Manhattan restaurant. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved