Mystery Writers of America Presents

Edited by Lee Child

Mulholland Books, April 2013 ($15.99)

ISBN-13: 978-0-316-17635-4

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

We've all wanted to do it. Well, most of us. I know I have; as recently as last week. Take justice, or more precisely vengeance, into our own hands. Mete out the punishment to those who so often seem to go unpunished or under punished for their misdeeds and crimes against us — against society or against us personally. We want to see real justice, not a slap on the wrist or the law books kind of delayed or finagled justice. Real justice. Or vengeance.

MWA's anthology VENGEANCE is now available in a trade paperback edition. Twenty-one original stories are collected and presented in this anthology. There are stories by well known authors and some not-so-well-known authors. The surprising thing to me is there are no bad stories. No mediocre stories. Each story presented held my interest. I didn't feel cheated that I had purchased an anthology with only a few stories worth reading and the rest just filler, as I have felt many times before when I've purchased other anthologies in the past. (That's why I hesitated to purchase this book when it came out in hardcover. Now I regret that I waited for the paperback's release. I could have been entertained by these stories ages ago!)

Nothing cozy about this lot. Mean streets sometimes demand tough justice. And tough justice has a price.

This collection of stories will please crime fiction fans.

The authors included in the anthology are: Alafair Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Mike Cooper, Brendan DuBois, Jim Fusilli, Michelle Gagnon, Darrell James, C. E. Lawrence, Dennis Lehane, Steve Liskow, Rick McMahan, Adam Meyer, Dreda Say Mitchell, Michael Niemann, Twist Phelan, Zoe Sharp, Karin Slaughter, Orest Stelmach, Anne Swardson, and Janice Law Trecker.

MWA's anthology VENGEANCE is also available as an e-book.

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