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In the hands of some of the most respected mystery writers of the decade, stories such as the confinement of Rapunzel, the peril of Little Red Riding Hood, and many others are given a compelling, suspenseful twist. But unlike the well-known traditional tales, the endings found here aren't always the familiar ones you remember - or expect.
In Sharyn McCrumb's "Gerda's Sense of Snow," an ingenious retelling of a classic, Gerda must rescue her best friend Kay from the Snow Queen, a crack dealer whose white powder erases pain - and makes the user her slave.
A troubled teen assumes seven separate personalities after her wicked stepmother, determined to be the fairest of them all, drives her to an isolated cabin - and to dangerous deeds - in "Heptagon" by Joan Hess.
In a charmingly contemporary adaptation of "The Six Swans," a country singer tries to outwit his agent by hiding a promising new act in a secluded cabin. But the agent has devious plans of her own... in "Swan Song" by John Lutz.
And an uproarious new version of "The Emperor's New Clothes," by Simon Brett, has a top gangster finding salvation in televangelism - until a young gang member reveals the leader's true nature...
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Ed Gorman, winner of numerous awards, including the Shamus, the Spur, and the International Fiction Writer’s Award, is the author of many novels, including Cold Blue Midnight and the first two Sam McCain mysteries, The Day the Music Died and Wake Up Little Susie. He has also been nominated for the Edgar, the Anthony, the Golden Dagger, and the Bram Stoker Awards. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.From Kirkus Reviews:
Most fairy tales are already so full of innocent victims, monstrous malefactors, and sudden violence that it doesn't take much of a push to send them over the edge into the realm of crime fiction, as in this overstuffed collection of 24 brand-new stories. Some of the authors go it straight, changing only the milieu of Rapunzel (Brendan DuBois's imprisoned computer programmer), Hansel and Gretel (Janet Dawson's L.A. street kids), the Snow Queen (Sharyn McCrumb's cocaine-addicted Kay), the Brave Little Tailor (Les Roberts's costume designer), or the Twelve Dancing Princesses (Anne Wingate's Mafia daughters). Bill Crider enters a plea on behalf of Red Riding Hood's wolf, and Gillian Roberts and William L. DeAndrea ask what happens after happily ever after. The more adventurous entries range farther afield. Joan Hess's Snow White carries the Seven Dwarfs in her head as multiple personalities; Elizabeth Engstorm's Hansel and Gretel fall prey to a fiendishly cold-blooded kidnaping scheme; Jane Haddam reimagines Rapunzel as sordidly compelling pathology; and co-editor Gorman turns ``Gossip Wolf and the Fox'' into a vintage small-town nightmare. Jon L. Breen, Simon Clark, Mat Coward, Gary A. Braunbeck, Edward D. Hoch, John Lutz, John Helfers, Simon Brett, Peter Crowther, Audrey Peterson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Doug Allyn round out a circle whose provocative concept makes it more satisfying as a whole than in any particular story. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Berkley Trade, 1999. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0425171280