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Author Brett Battles


Killer Year mass market paperback
mass market paperback

Killer Year

Killer Year is a volume of some of the best crime, mystery, and suspense short stories by such rising stars as Brett Battles, Robert Gregory Browne, Toni McGee Causey, Marcus Sakey, Derek Nikitas, Marc Lecard, JT Ellison, Jason Pinter, Bill Cameron, Sean Chercover, Patry Francis, Gregg Olsen, and David White. Each of the stories are introduced by different masters of thriller and mystery world, some of which include bestselling authors Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen and Jeffrey Deaver. In addition to this group of talented writer's stories, there are also tales by Ken Bruen, Allison Brennan and Duane Swierczynski. Bestselling authors Laura Lippman and MJ Rose contribute insightful essays. Inside you'll read about a small time crook in over his head, a story told backwards with a heroine not to be messed with, a tale of boys and the trouble they will get into over a girl, and many more stories of the highest caliber in murder, mayhem, and sheer entertainment. This amazing anthology, edited by the grandmaster Lee Child, is sure to garner lots of attention and keep readers coming back for more.

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"Why writers who deal with the dark side of human nature are among the most collegial is a mystery in itself. What is not in doubt, though, is the quality of this collection resulting from that collegiality..."
   —Library Journal

"The collection's gems come from the 13 members of the younger set... remarkably for a collection this ample, there's no sign of a clinker. "Perfect Gentleman" by Brett Battles and "Bottom Deal" by Robert Gregory Browne are both lean and taut, expertly crafted in the good old hard-boiled tradition. An anthology so worthwhile that it comes within an eyelash of deserving the hyperbole Child heaps on it in his introduction."
   —Kirkus Reviews

"Impressive... the disturbingly good new talent showcased in this volume bodes well for the future of the genre. Some selections...Battles's "Perfect Gentleman" is more like a knife that slides in easily, then twists in the gut."
   —Publishers Weekly