When a stranger comes to town.

by Koryta, Michael,

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This Mystery Writers of America story collection features terrifying tales of encounters with strangers from some of the top bestsellers and award winners in crime fiction

It's been said that all great literature boils down to one of two stories--a man takes a journey, or a stranger comes to town. While mystery writers have been successfully using both approaches for generations, there's something undeniably alluring in the nature of a stranger: the uninvited guest, the unacquainted neighbor, the fish out of water.

No matter how or where they appear, strangers are walking mysteries, complete unknowns in once-familiar territories who disrupt our lives with unease and wonder. In the newest collection of stories by the Mystery Writers of America, each author weaves a fresh tale surrounding the eerie feeling that comes when a stranger enters our midst, featuring stories by prolific mystery writers such as Michael Connelly, Dean Koontz, and Joe Hill.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The latest Mystery Writers of America short story collection kicks off with S. A. Crosby's haunting tale of a former sex worker's ruthless search for her baby, and the suspense continues through the final story, an otherworldly mystery from Joe Hill. The strangers here run the gamut: assassins, new neighbors, fugitives, avengers, and the insane. In "A Six-Letter Word for Neighbor," Lisa Unger breathes fresh air into the unreliable-narrator trope, while Michael Koryta twists sympathy toward a killer in his tale of a scheming neighborhood tyrant reaping startling consequences. Smita Harish Jain and Tina deBellegarde probe underworlds in, respectively, Mumbai and Tokyo, highlighting power divides, and, in Jacqueline Freimor's unforgettably harrowing "Here's to New Friends," a psychologist narrates a predator's manipulations as he slowly dismantles his prey's defenses. This collection offers the best of both worlds: expert storycraft from genre stars (Unger, Michael Connelly, and Steve Hamilton, among them) and standout entries from some new faces in crime fiction."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "A Tolstoy quote about a stranger coming to town is the spark for the 19 selections in this exceptional Mystery Writers of America anthology. Steve Hamilton's "A Different Kind of Healing" imagines that one such stranger is Charlotte, a nurse who's moved to New York, attracted by the incentives the Big Apple's offered to deal with a nursing shortage. As the Covid-19 pandemic looms, she's drawn to a rape victim who appears in the ER, because of a dark incident in Charlotte's past, which leads her to seek the eponymous means of relief. Hamilton has rarely been better in the short-story format. Koryta also stands out with "P.F.A.," an acronym for People from Away used by Janice Jardine, a mean-spirited busybody who lives in a small Maine town, to refer to non-natives. Jardine must deal with a newcomer from Florida who refuses to defer to her wishes. Jonathan Stone distinguishes himself in "Russkies," in which secrets and guilt linger from more than a half-century in the past. Other contributors include S.A. Cosby, Alafair Burke, Michael Connelly, and Lori Roy. This is the best kind of anthology, consistently excellent and inventive. Agent: Alec Shane, Writers House. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects catreq 05/24/21 za
Publisher Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.,2021
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Freimor, Jacqueline, author.
Burke, Alafair, author.
Ciulla, Chris Andrew, narrator.
McLaughlin, Caroline, narrator.
Dewhurst-Phillips, Sam, narrator.
Constant, Charles, narrator.
Al-Kaisi, Fajer, narrator.
Witt, Amanda Beth, author.
Connelly, Michael, 1956- author.
Edwards, Janina, narrator.
Kay, Cindy, narrator.
Cosby, S.A., author.
Notes A compilation of short stories by various authors.
Description 9 audio discs (11 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781799960591
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