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Paperback Mystery Writers of America Presents the Blue Religion : New Stories about Cops, Criminals, and the Chase Book

ISBN: 0316012653

ISBN13: 9780316012652

Mystery Writers of America Presents the Blue Religion : New Stories about Cops, Criminals, and the Chase

(Part of the Mystery Writers of America Anthology Series)

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Nineteen original stories--including a new contribution by New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly--about riveting showdowns between cops and criminals. From Hawaii at the turn of the twentieth century to the post-Civil War frontier, from smoggy Los Angeles to the woods of Idaho, these gripping stories trace the perils and occasional triumphs of lawmen and -women who put themselves in harm's way to face down the bad guys. Some of them even...

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From Orange County Register

An anthology is not an easy book to review, specifically because it contains such a variety of styles and talent. Some of the stories may be phenomenal, whereas others are tedious at best. In which case, should the book be recommended for the few stories that stand out, or ignored altogether because of those that fall short? Fortunately, THE BLUE RELIGION does not present this dilemma. This anthology of ninteen short stories portrays the various lives and experiences of police officers, and except for a mediocre tale or two, THE BLUE RELIGION is filled with superb pieces of crime fiction. It runs the gamut, covering time periods from the Civil War to present day, with a wide variety of storylines. These stories not only describe various situations on the job, but also the toll this line of work can take on the personal lives of these officers. Some of the topics include bigotry, sexual harassment, Alzheimer's, child abuse, and, of course, murder. There are even some amusing stories of tables being turned due to inflated egos or underestimating one's opponent. THE BLUE RELIGION is presented by Mystery Writers of America, the premier organization for crime writers, and was edited by bestselling and award-winning author Michael Connelly. The nineteen featured writers include T. Jefferson Parker, John Harvey, James O. Born, Paula L. Woods, Jon L. Breen, John Buentello, Jack Fredrickson, Leslie Glass, Persia Walker, Edward D. Hoch, Laurie R. King, Polly Nelson, Diane Hansen-Young, Peter Robinson, Greg Rucka, Bev Vincent, Paul Guyot, Alafair Burke and, of course, Michael Connelly. Very well-written stories, the most outstanding of which are: A CERTAIN RECOLLECTION by John Buentello, A CHANGE IN HIS HEART by Jack Fredrickson, CONTACT AND COVER by Greg Rucka, RULE NUMBER ONE by Bev Vincent, WINNING by Alafair Burke, FATHER'S DAY by editor Michael Connelly, and an especially strong story WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD by screenwriter Paul Guyot.

A really enjoyable short story anthology

This was a lot of fun to read. I already enjoy short stories, which suit my short attention span. This book certainly delivered with different perspectives on the life of the cop, which also made this a great read. With this title, you get lots of different perspectives from different writers on the police officer: the sense of humor, the obsession, the politics, and the tactics. I read some criticism about some of these stories not being the best work of these authors. I am not a college writing professor or anything, but I enjoyed all the stories, and I think I'm pretty picky. The stories don't beat around the bush - they get right to it and do it very well. The stories that stuck with me (without spoilers): the hot dog cart girl, the boy who lost his dad (a London cop), the dad who left his kid in the car, and the female cops who get hazed from a colleague, who may be headed for a comeuppance. This is also a great way to get introduced to some new authors. I didn't know anything about Connelly's Detective Bosch series but I enjoyed so much the Bosch short story I will be looking for more titles.

Cop Stories

Presented under the auspices of the Mystery Writers of America, this novel contains 19 intriguing short stories, with a common theme: cops. There are police procedurals and mysteries, but more important, the stories reflect on the live of cops--as persons, on their jobs, how they perform their duties, their sense of right and wrong, and, of course, as Michael Connelly says in a short introduction, "How are we to weigh the burden of the badge if we do not carry the badge?" The stories range from T. Jefferson Parker's story about a retired cop and how he handles a juvenile delinquent, to Alafair Burke's take on a policewoman and how her husband reacts to a gruesome event while she's on the job, to Mr. Connelly's telling of how Harry Bosch conducts an investigation into the death of a baby. Each of the stories is well-written and absorbing. Each, of course, stands on its own. And each is worth reading. All told, the volume makes for fascinating reading. Recommended.

concentrate on the "world of the cop"

These entertaining nineteen tales focus on the police procedural theme. However, as Mr. Connolly explains in his introduction, for the most part the entries concentrate on the "world of the cop" as the stories "explore the burden of the badge" more so than investigative procedures. The contributions run the gamut with a strong historical by Polly Nelson to the return of Harry Bosch to a retired cop and his wife running into trouble (T. Jefferson Parker's "Skinhead Central). There are no clinkers yet the range is vast from a dark tale of a selected amnesiac ("Such a Lucky, Pretty Girl: by Persia Walker) to amusingly light (Jon Breen's "Serial Killer"). All are excellent, especially insightful is Paul Guyton's tense "What a Wonderful World" that proves a short story can contain fully developed characters; an apropos title along with Alafair Burke's "Winning" as this anthology is a wonderful look at individual members of the Blue Religion special congregation. Harriet Klausner
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