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Mystery Writers of America Presents Vengeance

Hardcover, 4/3/12

ISBN 978-0-316-17634-7

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Twenty-one page-turning original stories about crimes and the people who avenge them, selected by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child.

When a different kind of justice is needed—swift, effective, and personal—a new type of avenger must take action. VENGEANCE features new stories by bestselling crime writers including Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, and Karin Slaughter, as well as some of today’s brightest rising talents.

The heroes in these stories include a cop who’s seen too much, a woman who has been pushed too far, an ordinary person doing what the law will not. Some call them vigilantes, others claim they are just another brand of criminal.

Edited and with an introduction by Lee Child, these stories reveal the shocking consequences when men and women take the law into their own hands.

Our previous anthologies in conjunction with the Mystery Writers of America garnered awards, critical acclaim, and devoted fans. But no previous volume has had four contributors with the bestseller caliber of Connelly, Child, Lehane, and Slaughter.

Lee Child’s prestigious position in the literary world has allowed him to garner contributions from the best and brightest writers in the genre, including Alafair Burke, Brendan DuBois, Jim Fusilli, Michelle Gagnon, Dreda Say Mitchell, Twist Phelan, and Zoë Sharp.

Mystery Writers of America, the premier organization for established and aspiring mystery writers, is dedicated to promoting higher regard for crime writing, and recognition and respect for those who write within the genre.


“A stellar anthology…that will appeal both to contemporary noir fans and devotees of Law and Order….The consistently high quality of the 22 selections will lead many to hope the MWA will sponsor more volumes in this vein.”  — Publishers Weekly  (Starred Review)

“These are short stories to set you on the edge of your chair….Excellent contributions to the mystery circuit…I recommend you buy two copies…one to read on a dark and stormy night and another as a gift for your favorite mystery writer.” — Pat Elliott,

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