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THRILLER: STORIES TO KEEP YOU UP ALL NIGHT

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What if a group of popular, award-winning thriller writers formed an organization and subsequently created a volume of short stories encompassing the genre's many variations? The International Thriller Writers became fact in 2004, and now their collective effort is also a reality.

Though there are many gems in this 30-story volume, James Siegel's "Empathy," a cautionary tale about taking things -- or people -- at face value is a standout. So is James Rollins' "Kowalski's in Love," a wryly comic, terse take on germ warfare and jungle love. And M. Diane Vogt's "Surviving Toronto" provides a thought-provoking, chilling scenario of love gone wrong and its consequences.

Other well-known authors include Heather Graham, Alex Kava, M.J. Rose, Katherine Neville, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and David Morrell.

As in any anthology, some stories are stronger than others, but the good news is that there's probably something here to suit every taste. Here's hoping volume two is on its way. (Jun., 576 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer