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Head of Zeus
Death Sentences
Death Sentences: Stories of Deathly Books, Murderous Booksellers and Lethal Literature edited by Otto Penzler, introduction by Ian Rankin

'What treats you have in store!' IAN RANKIN.

Sigmund Freud deals with an unwelcome visitor; Columbo confronts a murderous bookseller; a Mexican cartel kingpin with a fatal weakness for rare books; deadly secrets deep in the London Library: who knew literature could be so lethal? Here are 15 short stories to die for from the world's best crime writers.

With an introduction from Ian Rankin, DEATH SENTENCES includes original, specially commissioned stories about deadly books from Jeffrey Deaver, Andrew Taylor, Laura Lippman, C.J. Box, Anne Perry, Ken Bruen, Thomas H. Cook, Micky Spillaine & Max Adam Collins, Nelson DeMille and John Connolly.

Head of Zeus * Crime Fiction
09 Oct 2014 * 560pp * £6.99 * 9781781859551
REVIEWS
'A single handsome hardback edition – one of the finest multi-author collections in a long time'
The Sunday Herald
'What treats you have in store! All these stories show their authors to be masters of their craft'
Ian Rankin
'A treasure chest of bloodthirsty bibliophilia ... a delightful, ingenious, specially commissioned anthology, both hair-raising and playful, packed with baffling plots, unlikely characters, literary references and bookish conundrums'
The Good Book Guide
'We tend to imagine book loves, librarians and bibliophiles of all stripes as quiet, gentle folk. In Death Sentences, however, book lovers are bludgeoned to death by their precious tomes, crushed by falling bookshelves, shoved down library stairs, or blown to death by a bomb smuggled into their private library. Some of the authors play the concept for wry comedy. Others take a more serious approach'
Irish Examiner
Editor
Otto Penzler
Otto Penzler
Otto Penzler is the proprietor of the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City, founder of the Mysterious Press, and a two-time Edgar award-winner.
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Introduction

Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin
Ian Rankin is the bestselling author of the Inspector Rebus and Detective Malcom Fox novels. His books have been translated into thirty-six languages. He is the recipient of four CWA Dagger Awards and an Edgar Award.
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