Lee Child, editor of "First Thrills," is the bestselling author of the Jack Reacher books, including "61 Hours" and "Worth Dying For."
These 25 original, never-before-published short stories were compiled by Child (www.leechild.com) and crafted by thriller writers including Alex Kava, John Lescroart, Heather Graham, Stephen Coonts, and Rebecca Cantrell-all of them members of the relatively fledgling International Thriller Writers of America. Child's introduction and the afterword, by Steve Berry (www.steveberry.org), are essentially overdrawn infomercials for the organization, but the stories in between are clever and compelling-not thrillers of the keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat variety, as the title implies, but enjoyable mysteries nonetheless. A baker's dozen of seasoned narrators engagingly performs the stories, and it's a boon for listeners to have such diversity in one collection. Recommended.-Nicole A. Cooke, Montclair State Univ. Lib., NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"This is hands down one of the best short story collections you're ever likely to read.... A masterful collection."--"Booklist "(Starred Review)