"Vengeance is mine...sayeth the short story lover."
Lee Child has edited a collection of short stories from noted mystery authors Dennis LeHane, Alafair Burke, Michael Connelly, Twist Phelan, Zoe Sharp, Jim Fusilli, Rick McMahan, Anne Swardson, Steve Liskow, Brendan DuBois, Michael Niemann, Karin Slaughter, Michelle Gagnon, Orest Stelmach, Adam Meyer, Dreda Say Mitchell, Darrell James, C.E. Lawrence, Janice Law, and Mike Cooper.
Short stories are always a challenge to create for mystery writers. Stephen King has in the past said that he thinks the successful ones are more difficult to write than the typical novel. There isn't an unsuccessful one in the bunch collected here.
There is fine supply of twisted plots and complex characters.
"The Unremarkable Heart" I found to be the most controversial; the cleverest one has to be "Even a Blind Man." Lee Child fans will enjoy his dark entry "The Hollywood I Remember." Make certain to read Child's introduction on how he chose the authors and their works. It, too, is most enjoyable.
The lengths of all the stories are perfect for that bedtime nightcap to end the day.