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"American Crime Stories" by John Escott

Criminals in the United States of America are much the same as criminalsin any other place. They lie, cheat, steal, carry guns, break intohouses — and murder people.
Sometimes they get caught, sometimes theydon't. And some of them have bad dreams for the rest of their lives.These seven stories by well-known American writers show us the manyfaces of crime. There are murders of passion, and of revenge; murdersthat look like suicides or accidents. There is robbery and mugging, fearand hate, love and laziness. There are the innocent and the guilty —but which are which? And there are the detectives: the amateur Louise,who won't accept that her cousin's death was suicide, and who goeslooking for a lipstick; and the
coolly professional private eye, whoknows whose hand is behind the machine guns and hand grenades on astormy night in Couffignal.
We begin with Death Wish, with a manleaning over the Morrissey Bridge late at night- a man with darkthoughts of suicide in his mind.

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