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by Sara Paretsky, ed.

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Anthology

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This anthology, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Sisters in Crime, features work by 20 of today's top female mystery writers. The variety is impressive. Stories range from character sketches and neat little morality plays to fairly long procedurals and historical pieces. Of course there are standouts, but there's not a bad apple in this bunch.

This collection of diverse stories has many a twist. Chicago in the past figures in works by Libby Fisher Hellman and Sara Paretsky, both of whom cover the turbulent '60s (Paretsky's features
a 10-year-old V.I. Warshawski, on her first case). P.M. Carlson's rewrite of the Haymarket Riots in Chicago, "Frighted Out of Fear: or, the Bombs Bursting in Air," is a winner. Annette Meyers draws many characters with a few deft strokes in her procedural, "Not Just the Facts."

Eve K. Sandstrom goes anthropological in her story of a primitive tribe with a shaman out of control. Clare McNab's Aussie investigator talks to a Hollywood canine star who might have witnessed
a murder in "Animal Act." And Susan Dunlap provides a classic Law and Order twist to the end of "Hearing Her Name." (Obsidian, Oct., 352 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Liz French

Publisher: Obsidian

Published: October 2007

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