The Dark End of the Street
New Stories of Sex and Crime by Today's Top Authors
Publication Date: May 11, 2010
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In one fast-paced story, a strong and aggravated man considers the pretty woman at the bar while he fingers the knife in his pocket. But what becomes of his prey when they move to the bedroom? In another tale, a man remembers the victim of a ghastly murder who visited the same hair salon as he does. And a Don Juan of a protagonist has a hobby of marrying vulnerable women, getting access to their bank accounts, and then robbing them blind.
But there is much more to this collection than dark-haired vixens and crimes of passion. Some stories are brooding, some twisted; some bring righteous satisfaction, some linger in the back of your mind. What is truly on display is an impressive collection of literary talent: a group of some of the best writers we have, weaving fresh and memorable stories from a pair of classic themes. Taken as a whole, they are a rare treat for fans of great fiction, whether it's high literature, good old-fashioned suspense, or anything in between. Original black-and-white art by artist/author Jonathan Santlofer completes this innovative, exciting, and irresistibly intriguing book—a true literary gem.
SJ Rozan, a native New Yorker, is the author of eleven novels. Her work has won the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, and Macavity awards for Best Novel and the Edgar for Best Short Story. BRONX NOIR, a short story collection SJ edited, was given the NAIBA "Notable Book of the Year" award. She's served on the National Boards of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, and is ex-President of the Private Eye Writers of America. In January 2003 she was an invited speaker at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The 2005 Left Coast Crime convention in El Paso, Texas made her its Guest of Honor. A former architect in a practice that focused on police stations, firehouses, and zoos, SJ Rozan lives in lower Manhattan.
Jonathan Santlofer is the author of five novels and a highly respected artist whose work has been written about and reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, Artforum, and Arts, and appears in many public, private, and corporate collections. He serves on the board of Yaddo, one of the oldest artist communities in the country. Santlofer lives and works in New York City.
“Jonathan Santlofer and S.J. Rozan have brought together an impressive group of contributors for THE DARK END OF THE STREET. This is airplane/beach/hotel reading at its best. Smart and entertaining.”—Los Angeles Times
“Nineteen new stories explore the undeniable connection between sex and crime… Uniformly fine writing will attract readers familiar with the marquee authors and introduce them to a talented group of lesser lights.”—Booklist
“[A] superior anthology of 19 new stories ‘on the twin subjects of sex and crime.’”
“An original anthology of stories featuring spine-tingling stunners from such talented tale-tellers as Lawrence Block, Janice Lee, Stephen L. Carter, Lee Child, Patrick McCabe, and Francine Prose, The Dark End of the Street edited by Jonathan Santlofer and S. J. Rozan, presents an elegant, eek-inducing case for seducing readers with kinky, cautionary yarns about sex and crime.”—Elle