Short Stories

by David Baldacci, ed.
Simon & Schuster, June 2014, $26.99

Here’s a great idea for an anthology: Invite thriller writers to collaborate on stories in which their protagonists team up to fight crime. That’s what editor David Baldacci did for FaceOff, in which members of the International Thriller Writers pair up. You can’t go wrong with the combinations in this book, with teams like Dennis Lehane’s Patrick Kenzie and Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch, Lee Child’s Jack Reacher and Joseph Finder’s Nick Heller, and Jeffery Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme and John Sandford’s Lucas Davenport. And there are eight other surprising teams, as well. Fine entertainment all the way, and to top it all off, you get Baldacci’s introductions to each story, in which he explains how the writers worked out their collaborations.

Bill Crider

The best thriller writers and their protagonists pair off in this collection of fun crime stories.

Teri Duerr
Baldacci, ed.
June 2014
Simon & Schuster