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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (3 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099462257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099462255
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karin Slaughter grew up in a small south Georgia town and has been writing short stories and novels since she was a child. She is the author of the international bestselling Grant County and Atlanta novels, the novella Martin Misunderstood. She is also the editor of Like A Charm, a collaboration of British and American crime fiction writers. She lives in Atlanta.

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In Like a Charm, the cream of British and American crime writers combine for a tempting collection of linked short stories. From nineteenth-century Georgia to wartime Leeds, on a steam train across Europe, in the violent back streets of 1980s Scotland, present-day London, a Manhattan taxi, the Mojave desert and back to Georgia, each writer delivers a characteristic story of murder, betrayal and intrigue. And with such stellar contributors as Peter Robinson (writing about 1940s Leeds), Fidelis Morgan, Lynda La Plante (1970s Britain), Val McDermid (1980s Scotland) and flavour-of-the month Mark Billingham tackling contemporary London, some impressive writing is guaranteed. Like a Charm is the first collection of crime fiction to have one specific subject as the focus of every story and to take a geographical approach to storytelling. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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KARIN SLAUGHTER, MARK BILLINGHAM, LEE CHILD, JOHN CONNOLLY, JOHN HARVEY,LYNDA LA PLANTE, DENISE MINA, PETER ROBINSON – A STUNNING COLLECTION BY CRIME FICTION'S BEST.

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Oct. 2004
Format: Paperback
The basis of this short-story collection is an original and intriguing one: each story, while entirely independent, follows the life of a charm bracelet, from its creation in Georgia in 1803, through time and across oceans, until it eventually ends up back in Georgia again. In each story, the bracelet plays its part, almost always brining bad luck to the one who has come to possess it. It's a short-story collection that could almost be read as a quirky novel. The only downside to this idea is that the connections of each story, through the life of the charm bracelet, should in some cases be made a lot clearer - once or twice it was hard or impossible to create a logical connection between one story and the next, and the old "so and so bought in an Pawn/Antique Shop" device was greatly overused - then as a whole this collection would be more powerful than it is.
The stories are incredibly varied; set in times and places as different as the American South in the 19th century to wartime Leeds in the 20th. In one, an accusation has dire consequences. In another, a train journey becomes anything but mundane. A sax player ends up getting more than he bargained for when he does a favour for a friend. A school-teacher's outing to London turns altogether more twisted. And a desperate writer makes a fateful purchase in exchange for inspiration...
I am very much a devotee of the short-story; they are perfect for slotting into a dead half-hour, ideal if you want a single-sitting read. Quick pleasure, instant satisfaction - if they're of quality. And, if you pick right - maybe one of Ruth Rendell's beautifully twisted masterpieces, of Ian McEwan's elegant, concise works - then they can be just as good as a novel.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Feb. 2004
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The basis of this short-story collection is an original and intriguing one: have each story, while entirely independent, follow the life of a charm bracelet, from its creation in Georgia in 1803, through time and across oceans, until it eventually ends up back in Georgia again. In each story, the bracelet plays its part, almost always brining bad luck to the one who has come to possess it. It's a short-story collection that can also be read as a quirky. The only downside to this idea is that the connections of each story, through the life of the charm bracelet, should in some cases be made a lot clearer - once or twice it was hard or impossible to create a logical connection between one story and the next - then as a whole this collection would be more powerful than it is.
The stories are incredibly varied; set in times and places as different as the American South in the 19th century to wartime Leeds in the 20th. In one, an accusation has dire consequences. In another, a train journey becomes anything but mundane. A sax player ends up getting more than he bargained for when he does a favour for a friend. A school-teacher's trip to London turns altogether more twisted. And a desperate writer makes a fateful purchase in exchange for inspiration...
I am very much a devotee of the short-story; they are perfect for slotting into a dead half-hour, ideal if you want a single-sitting read. Quick pleasure, instant satisfaction. And, if you pick right - maybe one of Ruth Rendell's beautifully twisted masterpieces, of Ian McEwan's elegant, concise works - then they can be just as good as a novel. While the stories here aren't quite of that quality (well, except for one; I'll get to that in a minute) they do align into a very good, very entertaining and satisfying collection.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 July 2004
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Not a very pleasant read. 16 very vaguely connected stories about unpleasant deaths. Not what I expected at all and a bit of a disappointment really. Normally love this author's books.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Sept. 2004
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I was dissappointed with the short stories contained in this book. They were written by a lot of my favourite crime and mystery authors, who generally have me on tender hook while I'm reading, but in this case the short stories just didn't hold my interest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon McDill on 24 Dec. 2008
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I felt really bemused by this collection of short stories. Each featured a Charm Bracelet which brought misfortune to those who came by it but often I failed to see any linkage between the stories. Some were excellent - "The Goblin", "Plan B", "The Eastlake School"; some were poor "Rootbound" and others were down right bizarre "Down and Dirty" "The Inkpot Monkey". In particular the 2 short stories by Karin Slaughter were mediocre and boring. Most of the stories also had serious sexual undertones which was not necessary to make a good read. It seemed to me as if she emailed various crime authors and told them to write a short crime story about a charm bracelet which brought bad luck. Although the majority of the stories were enjoyable in their own right, together they were not cohesive. I'm a fan of Karin Slaughter and although I admire her for trying something new, it didn't really work for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By davidsnook007 on 25 April 2012
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An absoluting fascinating read! Slaughter style keeps you in suspense throughout this book. The reader is left anticipating what is going to happen next, and feeling excited about reaching the end of the book!

Slaughter's approach to this novel really leaves you feeling that you know the characters, and can empathise with them.

Couldn't put this down! I love reading slaughter's series of books! many thanks for a throughly enjoyable and entertaining read! reading this really makes you have an appreciation for the wonders of reading.

Thank you

John
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