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

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

by Mystery Writers of America, Inc., Michael Connelly

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Taking us from smoggy Los Angeles to the woods of Idaho, from Hawaii at the turn of the twentieth century to the post-Civil War frontier, these riveting 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 walk the edge of becoming bad guys themselves.

In T. Jefferson Parker's "Skinhead Central," an ex-cop and his wife find unexpected menace in the idyllic setting they have chosen for their retirement. In Alafair Burke's "Winning," a female officer who is attacked in the line of duty must protect her own husband from his worst impulses. In Michael Connelly's "Father's Day," Harry Bosch faces one of his most emotionally trying cases, investigating a young boy's death.

These are hard-hitting, thrilling, and utterly unforgettable stories, from some of the best writers in the mystery world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316032018
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/14/2008
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 470,342
File size: 579 KB

About the Author

LINDA FAIRSTEIN, America's foremost legal expert on crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence, led the Sex Crimes Unit of the District Attorney's Office in Manhattan for twenty-five years. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, she is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Virginia School of Law. Her first novel, "Final Jeopardy", introduced the critically acclaimed character of Alexandra Cooper and was made into an ABC Movie of the Week starring Dana Delaney. The celebrated series has gone on to include the "New York Times" bestsellers "Likely to Die", "Cold Hit", "The Deadhouse" (winner of the Nero Wolfe Award for Best Crime Novel of 2001, and chosen as a "Best Book of 2001" by both "The Washington Post" and the "Los Angeles Times"), "The Bone Vault", "The Kills, Entombed", "Death Dance", and "Bad Blood". Her novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Her nonfiction book, "Sexual Violence", was a "New York Times "Notable Book of the Year. She lives with her husband in Manhattan and on Martha's Vineyard.

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The Blue Religion: New Stories about Cops, Criminals, and the Chase 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love these cop stories all different some with a twist and some straightforward but entertaining
bezoar44 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a strong collection of stories about police -- detectives, officers on duty, officers in their private lives. The anthology offers welcome variety, too, from stories that are mostly character sketches, to stories that build up to a great twist at the end. Favorites included John Buentello, 'A Certain Recollection', about an understandably confused detective; Jon Breen, 'Serial Killer', a shaggy dog story; and Bev Vincent, 'Rule Number One', a seduction that works on a couple different levels. None of the stories struck me as weak.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great short stories! Instead of a good big meal, these are like little delightful snacks!
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Reviewed by: Stephanie Rollins for The Blue Religion is a compilation of law enforcement stories. All are brief, so this makes for good bathroom reading. Not all of the stories in this book were good. A few were a bit boring and poorly-written. Then again, a few were great. There are 19 stories, so there are by far more good stories than bad. Some are written in a manner in which only someone in law enforcement can truly relate. The Blue Religion would make a great gift for a law enforcement personnel or someone just graduating from the police academy.