Booklist Reviews

Think Dancing with the Stars, but with mysteries. In this 11-entry compilation, each story is by a duo of famous authors and features their most beloved characters. Thus, in one of the creepier stories, Val McDermid's Tony Hill and Peter James' Roy Grace find themselves working out the details behind a pair of feet and a footless body in "Faking a Murderer"; in another, Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan is accused of murder, and Lee Child's Jack Reacher steps in. Most of the stories are police procedurals with some action elements, depending on the author; the odd tales out are a time-traveling historical mystery and a supernatural story, which, in perhaps a "something to please everyone" effort, will make the collection a little less appealing to its core audience of procedural fans. Still, these authors enjoy a huge following in libraries, and patrons will scramble to read the collection, which offers some delicious pairings. No need to stretch for RA ideas here; the authors' previous works will send this one flying off the shelf. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews

Even readers who don't love short stories will find this anthology, starring some of the world's best-known thriller writers and most-loved characters, appealing and varied.Edited by Jack Reacher's creator, this book pairs male and female writers and asks them to come up with stories showcasing characters from both of their literary worlds. The latest in a series of anthologies that supports the organization International Thriller Writers (FaceOff, 2014, etc.), this book taps into the talents of some of the best in the genre. Lisa Jackson's Regan Pescoli teams up with John Sanford's immortal Virgil Flowers while Kathy Reichs and her Temperance Brennan combine forces with Reacher: this anthology is a treasure trove of likely and unlikely matches that somehow hit all the right notes. Although each reader will have personal preferences, the Karin Slaughter-Michael Koryta entry with a young Jeffrey Tolliver crossing paths with the team of Joe Pritchard and Lincoln Perry in a 1993 case takes home the gold with its witty asides, solid plot, and imaginative approach. As with most anthologies, some stories are more memorable than others, but there's not a "meh" tale in the bunch. Editor Child pulls back the curtain by prefacing each story with a short introduction explaining how the writers paired off and what their writing process entailed. This glimpse of the creative process reveals not only how the authors approached their tasks, but how some (such as Gayle Lynds and David Morrell) found inventive solutions that allowed them to combine characters who, under most circumstances, couldn't appear in the same tale. Other pairs add an unexpected touch of time travel (Diana Gabaldon and Steve Berry) as well as some paranormal activity (Lara Adrian and Christopher Rice) to the mix. This box holds a chocolate or two that will be to everyone's liking. Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Reviews

Following 2014's New York Times best-selling anthology FaceOff, this new anthology pairs top male and female writers for 11 distinctive stories. Included, for instance, is "Faking a Murderer," by Kathy Reichs and editor Child and featuring their beloved characters Temperance Brennan and Jack Reacher, respectively.

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Library Journal Reviews

This follow-up to the best-selling anthology FaceOff, which teamed male thriller writers, switches it up by pairing male and female authors and their series protagonists. This fresh approach exposes favorite characters in a new light. Child's insight to each story paints a picture of the writing process and joint effort to meld two characters into a smooth partnership. Child reveals how Sandra Brown admitted that she was "short story challenged" when she embarked on writing "Honor in…" with C.J. Box. However, the authors found common ground for their characters in the Wyoming setting. Kathy Reich's Temperance Brennan and Child's Jack Reacher meet in "Faking a Murderer." When Temperance is immediately implicated in a murder of a reporter, who else but Jack would show up to investigate what seems to be an open-and-shut case? VERDICT This fun format offers the best of both worlds, matching up favorite thriller characters within the intense confines of a short story.—Susan Carr, Edwardsville P.L., IL

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Library Journal Reviews

The International Thriller Writers's new short story anthology has top authors this time pairing their male and female series characters. Reading about our favorite protagonists should be entertaining, assuming they play well together. (LJ 5/1/17)

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Publishers Weekly Reviews

Each of the 11 collaborative tales in this stellar sequel to the International Thriller Writers' anthology FaceOff (2014) pairs a top-rank female thriller writer with a male counterpart. Sandra Brown's Lee Coburn and C.J. Box's Joe Pickett send testosterone levels soaring in "Honor &...". British authors Val McDermid (known for Det. Chief Insp. Carol Jordan) and Peter James (Det. Supt. Roy Grace) match witticisms as they seek a foot fetishist criminal in "Footloose." Child's Jack Reacher's past and Kathy Reich's forensic expert Dr. Temperance Brennan's present bring the two together in "Faking a Murderer." In "Midnight Flame," Lara Adrian's vampire Lucan Thorne and Christopher Rice's Lilliane meet in New Orleans in an adventure that threatens both their paranormal tribes. Other notable pairings include Diana Gabaldon (Jamie Fraser) and Steve Berry (Cotton Malone), Lisa Jackson (Regan Pescoli) and John Sandford (Virgil Flowers), and Gayle Lynds (Liz Sansborough) and David Morrell (Rambo). Child provides a brief, cogent intro to each selection. Highly recommended as entertainment, this anthology is a great place to start if you've not yet sampled some of these authors. Agent: Dan Conaway, Writers House. (June)

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