EXPLETIVE DELETED (2007)
With "Pearls" by Reed Farrel Coleman
Edited by Jen Jordan
Publisher: Bleak House Books
Crime writing is a dirty business—dealing in death, isolation, ruin and decay—and sometimes it calls for dirty words. In this gritty, gorgeous collection of short stories, new and veteran crime writers alike celebrate that granddaddy of all cusswords; that most adaptable and descriptive grouping of letters; that searing, offensive, musical, perfect sound: fuck.
Contributors include Laura Lippman, Ken Bruen, Charlie Huston, Nathan Singer, Anthony Neil Smith, Jason Starr, Sarah Weinman, John Rickards, Libby Fischer Hellmann, Reed Farrel Coleman, Kevin Wignall, Olen Steinhauer, Otis Twelve, Russel D. McLean, Scott Wolven, David Bowker, Michael O'Mahony, Ray Banks, Ruth Jordan, Delphine Lecompte, and HP Tinker. With an introduction by Mark Billingham.
A sharp, unapologetic collection of love, lewdness, and language. —David Morrell, author of Creepers
A dirty little collection of dirty little tales, EXPLETIVE DELETED is the most original—and interesting—anthology I’ve read in a long time. Placing the four-letter pariah of the English language under a microscope, these stories ride the razor’s edge between crime and sex with a wicked half grin and come-hither eyes. I gave into it like a bad habit. —Gregg Hurwitz, author of The Crime Writer