The Dark End of the Street : New Stories of Sex and Crime, Paperback

The Dark End of the Street : New Stories of Sex and Crime Paperback

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'When we asked this amazing line-up of authors to write their heart out on the twin subjects of sex and crime, they jumped at the idea, and they're at the top of their games'.

A strong, aggravated man fingers the knife in his pocket while considering a pretty woman at the bar.

But what becomes of his prey when they move to the bedroom?

Elsewhere, a man discovers he visits the same hair salon as the victim of a gruesome murder. And a modern-day Don Juan has a hobby of marrying vulnerable women, getting access to their bank accounts, and then robbing them blind.

A glittering line-up of our best writers (including Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Val McDermid, Edmund White and Patrick McCabe) weave fresh and memorable stories from a pair of classic themes: sex and crime.

This tantalising collection abounds in dark-haired vixens and crimes of passion.

Some stories are brooding, others twisted; some offer righteous satisfaction while others linger long in the mind.

This innovative, exciting and intriguing book is a rare treat for fans of great fiction, whether it's high literature, good old-fashioned suspense, or anything in between.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781408807583



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This collection of short stories purports to deal with sex and crime, and to straddle the divide between popular and literary fiction. Note the word ‘Purport”. Despite the inclusion of some excellent writers such as Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Joyce Carol Oats and the sublime Val McDermid, pulp can too often replace the term ‘popular’ while literary is often a synonym for boring. A good short story collection chosen by competent compilers is as moreish as a bowl of ripe cherries: much of this anthology however is strictly an acquired taste, and it should be sampled with care.

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