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Publisher's Summary

This collection features twenty short stories from humorous thriller writer J.A. Konrath. Included are a few hardboiled tales, some noir, some parody and satire, a few straight-out comedy pieces, and a few stories that didn't fit into Konrath's other two collections, Horror Stories and Jack Daniels Stories.
The twenty stories include:
The Big Guys - Flash fiction, winner of the Derringer Award.
A Fistful of Cozy - A satire of the mystery cozy genre.
Cleansing - An ancient crime of biblical proportions.
Lying Eyes - Solve it yourself, given the clues.
Perfect Plan - Another solve it yourself. Don't you remember One Minute Mysteries and Encyclopedia Brown?
Piece of Cake - Another solve it yourself, originally featured in Woman's World.
Animal Attraction - Solve it yourself.
Urgent Reply Needed - A cautionary tale about dealing with spammers.
Blaine's Deal - A parody of hardboiled noir.
Light Drizzle - A light-hearted send-up of hitman stories.
An Archaeologist's Story - How digging up old bones leads to fresh corpses.
Don't Press That Button! - An essay about the gadgets in the James Bond universe, and which you need to buy.
Piranha Pool - A writer seeking criticism pays the ultimate price.
A Newbie's Guide to Thrillerfest - Never been to a mystery conference? Here's the in-depth dirt.
Inspector Oxnard - He's either brilliant, or too stupid to breathe.
One Night Only - A sports fan ends up in jail, all for the love of the game.
Could Stephanie Plum Car Really Get Car Insurance? - An essay about Janet Evanovich's famous character.
Cozy or Hardboiled? - Take the test to find out which type of book you're reading.
Addiction - What's the worst drug you can get hung up on?
Weigh To Go - A humor column about health clubs.
©2012 J. A. Konrath (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By The Dark Side on 10-24-16

Crime Stories contains no Crime stories ? Just FYI

I disliked that the title of the book is a misnomer. It is a collection of satirical look at very disjointed topics. JA Konrath is of course known for his horror stories. I took it for granted I admit. I did enjoy it though as Luke Daniels is a great narrator . And the stories are sometimes entertaining. There were 2 I could really relate to, one on assassin novels , was great. Also the roast of James Bond gadgets. I believe people may want to skip this one if they want a crime novel .

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer L. on 04-17-18

A great set of stories!

I had no idea that I was going to laugh so much during a collection of thriller stories! I'll definitely be checking out more of Konrath's work. Good humor is difficult to write out so the reader actually laughs out loud, but Konrath has easily mastered this.

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