There are eight editions in this series. This edition has six stories from 1980,85). There’s also a short interview with Donald E. Westlake and an excerpt from his novel, “Good Behavior.” Also included is an excerpt from Jim Thompson’s “Ripoff.” Favorite stories:
“A Pity About The Girl” (1985) – Two men now middle aged meet again in Paris. One saved the other from the Nazis who invaded his farmhouse. Also saved was the man’s young daughter. How times have changed.
“Breaking Even” (1985) – Clark Howard – Dewey Taylor is a reporter on the way down. He’s covering a murder trial in a small Alabama town. He covered the defendants’ last trial ten years ago. He was charged with the ice pick murder of his wife and got acquitted. This time he’s charged with the murder of his boss. He’s convicted and gets the death penalty. In a jailhouse interview he tells Taylor he really did kill his wife but this time he’s innocent.
“The Grabber” (1985) – Isak Romun – A serial rapist-murderer has been gunned down by the police. The story is told via flashback when one girl lives through the ordeal. Back to the present. A reporter tracks down the significane of the numbers 666 that were on the wall where the criminal was shot down.
Other authors: Linda Barnes, James O’Keefe, John Ball.