"What would you do if you had a second chance? A do-over?"
Editor Hank Phillippi Ryan asked twenty-two crime fiction authors to answer that question. The result? Twenty-two tales of second chances. Not all of the stories are redemptive but all of them are fascinating.
“What would you do if you had a second chance? A do-over? How far would you go to get back at the one who got away, the one who did you wrong, the one who tricked you, manipulated you, ignored you? The one who dumped you, cheated on you—or harmed a friend? What would you risk to have that one little chance to get back at them?
Twenty-two brilliant skilled authors now offer their journeys into revenge. Retribution. Redemption. Revealed how they would even the score, turn the tables, make things right. One used a map. One a tape recorder. A decoy. A disguise. A lie. One even used a banana.
And, fine. Because we are crime fiction authors, turns out there’s a lot of murder involved. And because these are short stories—hang on for the ride. Twists, turns, surprises—and even some heartbreak.
Because there’s nothing as delicious and tempting as a second chance. Oh, we promise ourselves. This time for sure.
With stories by Sharon Bader, Damyanti Biswas, Clark Boyd, Lucy Burdette, Karen Dionne, Elisabeth Elo, Elizabeth Elwood, Alexia Gordon, Heather Graham, G. Miki Hayden, Edwin Hill, Craig Johnson, Ellen Clair Lamb, Kristen Lepionka, Alan Orloff, Martha Reed, Alex Segura, Steve Shrott, Charles Todd, Gabriel Valjan, David Heska Wanbli Weiden, and Andrew Welsh-Huggins.
100% of net revenues received benefit the New Orleans Public Library.”