Omnipresent anthologists Gorman and Greenberg suggested to 18 writers that each pound out a story that included one common...

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INVITATION TO MURDER: All New Stories of Mystery and Suspense

Omnipresent anthologists Gorman and Greenberg suggested to 18 writers that each pound out a story that included one common element: a young woman found dead on an apartment floor. Despite Bill Pronzini's introduction, which claims there's not ""a poorly conceived or poorly written [story] in the bunch,"" there's a fair number of each, the exceptions being John Lutz's ""Open and Shut,"" a deliciously devious cui bono? tale, and Barbara Paul's bioengineering story of next-century murder. Also on hand: Pronzini's ""Nameless,"" attending to a matter for a boccie-court regular; a plant-the-evidence story from Carolyn G. Hart; an Andrew Vachss short-short; a silly shrink-saga from Nancy Pickard; Loren Estleman with a religious cult, a pig farmer, and a secret in the wine cellar; and William F. Nolan with a trip to the boneyard, sci-fi style. Other contributors include three newcomers, Jan Grape, Kristine K. Rusch, and Billie Sue Mosiman, who are, in turn, obvious, labored, and repetitive (also derivative). A simplistic premise, alas, encourages simplistic solutions.

Pub Date: Feb. 15, 1992

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 300

Publisher: Dark Harvest

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 1992