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First Thrills: High-Octane Stories from the Hottest Thriller Authors (Anglais) MP3 CD – Livre audio, 22 juin 2010


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  • Editeur : Brilliance Audio; Édition : MP3 Una (22 juin 2010)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1441864482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441864482
  • Dimensions du produit: 13,7 x 1,3 x 19 cm
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2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Alfred J. Kwak sur 18 juin 2011
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Since the 1980s, the literary quarterly GRANTA has published every 10 years a volume of writings of who it considers the most promising young British and American writers, always in separate volumes. Reading back these issues, they surely confirmed budding talent, proven later on by solid careers, sales and reputations in writing.

But how to provide an audience for budding crime writers? In 2007, the newly-founded International Thrillers Writers, Inc. (IWF) published "Killer Year 2007", a collection of crime stories by newcomers. This formula did not work commercially. So IWF and established crime writers came with this 2011 alternative: "First Thrills", edited by Lee Child, a collection of 25 crime stories written by 12 bestselling authors and 13 ambitious starters. Most stories stand alone, a few were written by e.g. pairs of practitioners of law enforcement or medicine with established crime writers. But it must be said that few of the aspirants had a clean publishing sheet. The competition to be included in this volume must have been ferocious.
The collection covers many sub-genres and is balanced re m/f contributions. No reader will read them all from start to finish. So this reader's choice in terms of names is irrelevant: All 25 stories are at least pretty good. Half of them are very good, and in my choice of the best six stories female writers outnumber males five to one. Find out who they are. Recommended reading!
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For one reason or another, it's a keeper. Give yourself a halfway-to-Christmas present and start reading. 26 juillet 2010
Par Bookreporter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
As with many readers of genre fiction of my age, I cut my teeth on thrillers and mysteries with short stories, beginning with Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown and The Thinking Machine, and then working my way into the Hardy Boys before making a quantum jump to Mike Hammer and Shell Scott. Short stories in general are beginning to make a comeback, even if the venues for such material remain somewhat scarce.

The International Thriller Writers Organization has been doing something about that, publishing collections of original short thriller and crime fiction on a regular basis. The latest of these, FIRST THRILLS, is a masterpiece, comprised of 25 stories that each possesses some quality for recommendation. Nicely balanced between well-known authors and those who will be soon, it is a smorgasbord for readers who require an introduction to the thriller genre but are unsure where to begin. Those who are familiar with some of the contributors will enjoy encountering them in a somewhat different context --- short fiction --- as well as discovering new authors to place on their "must read" lists.

If there is one pervasive element that runs through FIRST THRILLS, it is the apparent inclination of at least some of the authors to take steps outside of their respective comfort zones. John Lescroart's "The Gato Conundrum" is an example. Lescroart, best known for his legal thrillers featuring Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky, here taps into his inner Robert Ludlum with a haunting tale of espionage that is complete in less than 20 pages. Lee Child's "The Bodyguard" is not a Jack Reacher story. It's a very clever piece of work, one involving a personal security job that goes bad and gently tugs your expectations one way until you wind up somewhere that is totally unexpected, yet is quite consistent with what has gone before.

And Karin Slaughter? Incapable of disappointing, she takes us far away from the environs of Georgia in "Cold Cold Heart," a grim tale of domestic one-upmanship that is played out between a mismatched couple long after their marriage has ended. 'Til death do they part, indeed.

I would be remiss if I did not mention "Last Supper" by Rip Gerber. While Gerber's work to date would best be classified in the techno-thriller genre, there is nothing at all techno, as that term is commonly used, about his contribution. It is instead a smart tale of revenge with an ending you might see coming but that strikes from an unexpected direction.

As will happen with any set of stories that are almost evenly matched in terms of quality, my personal favorite in FIRST THRILLS keeps changing. A couple of days ago I was reading and re-reading "Scutwork" by C. J. Lyons. Remember what I mentioned earlier about stepping outside of comfort zones? "Scutwork", as one might expect from Lyons's previously published novels, is set inside a hospital to a great extent. Don't expect a medical story, though; this is a crime story that, as with the best of the genre, serves as a cautionary tale as well. Yesterday, my favorite story was "Children's Day" by Kelli Stanley. Stanley, whose CITY OF DRAGONS is one of this year's most impressive books, works her magic once again in a prequel to that title. Set in 1939 San Francisco and dealing with a missing child, "Children's Day" is a somber examination of an ongoing societal problem that continues to fester to this day. And today's favorite story? That would be "Underbelly" by Grant McKenzie. How can I describe it without giving it all away or making it sound mundane? Well, it's about a small burglary on a bus that is cut short in an unexpected way. That's all I'm going to say. I wish my dad was still alive so he could read it. I can't think of a better recommendation than that.

I've had other stories from FIRST THRILLS on that favorite list --- such as "The Thief" by Gregg Hurwitz and "Eddy May" by Theo Gangi --- but I refer back to what I said earlier. Each and all of the stories included in this collection, for one reason or another, is a keeper. Give yourself a halfway-to-Christmas present and start reading.

--- Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub
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Thrilling short stories... 14 janvier 2011
Par CF - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
After reading this book you know instantly why authors like Child and Deaver are so successful. They arrest the readers attention with each sentence and every word. You want to know which way the story will go... what will happen to the protagonist? Their stories are never foreseeable and that's their secret. You'll have the impression, Child or Deaver live for writing books. And both stories are equal to their stories about Jack Reacher and Lincoln Rhyme. A very good reading.

So their stories are like a benchmark to the other short stories of newcomers. For example Gregg Hurwitz (The Thief), Rip Gerber (Last Supper) and Alex Kava/Deb Carlin (After Dark) have certainly the potential for writing bestsellers. Their books are like the ones from Child and Deaver. Thrilling.

But this book contains also stories which are ... boring. That's not the place for giving a whole summary. If you like thrillers, this is your book to read. You'll get an impression, which author is able to bind your attention. So this book is a very good decision-making aid for buying new books of relatively unknown writers. That and some very good stories are the reason for 5 stars.

(Please, all you readers, forgive my english. It's just the second review I wrote in english. I promise, I'll improve my english.)
8 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
plenty of chills and thrills 27 juin 2010
Par Harriet Klausner - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This twenty-five suspense thriller collection is an interesting way for readers to meet new writers while established authors have an opportunity to thank the audience and the publishing companies by providing entries to First Thrills. "The Dead Club" by Daniel James Palmer and Michael Palmer is the best bet as wagering on death mirrors real life gambling pools. Other strong entries include "The Thief" by Greg Hurwitz and Ken Bruen's "Wednesday's Child". None of the entries from the veterans or the rookies are bad, but few are excellent. Still fans will enjoy dining with Rip Gerber, Sean Michael Bailey and other newcomers and vets like Stephen Coonts, John Lescroart, Karin Slaughter and Heather Graham as each provides readers with plenty of chills and thrills.

Harriet Klausner
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New Writers...Great Stories 10 décembre 2011
Par LATeach - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche Achat vérifié
I really enjoyed this. I don't often read short stories, but this gave me quick reads and the chance to discover new writers (New to me)
4 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Great collection highlighting new crime writers 18 juin 2011
Par Alfred J. Kwak - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Ho ho Amazon, this item was edited by Lee Child, not by Bill Cameron.

Since the 1980s, the literary quarterly GRANTA has published every 10 years a volume of writings of people it considers the most promising young British and American writers, always in separate volumes. Reading back these issues, they surely confirmed budding talent, proven later on by solid careers, sales and reputations in writing.
But how to provide an audience for budding crime writers? In 2007, the newly-founded International Thrillers Writers, Inc (IWF) published "Killer Year 2007", a collection of crime stories by newcomers. This formula did not work commercially.
Wherupon IWF and established crime writers came with this 2011 alternative: "First Thrills", edited by Lee Child, a collection of 25 crime stories written by 12 bestselling authors and 13 ambitious starters. Most stories stand alone, a few were written by e.g. pairs of practitioners of law enforcement or medicine with established crime writers. But it must be said that few of the aspirants had a clean publishing sheet. The competition to be included in this volume must have been ferocious.
The collection covers many sub-genres and is balanced re m/f contributions. No reader will read them all from start to finish. So this reader's choice in terms of names is irrelevant: All 25 stories are at least pretty good. Half of them are very good, and in my choice of the best six stories female writers outnumber males five to one. Find out who they are. Recommended reading!
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