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Item description for Expletive Deleted by editor: Jen Jordan...

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, and Reed Farrel Coleman. With an introduction by Mark Billingham. (Soap not included.)

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Pages   375
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.9" Height: 1.5"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 20, 2007
Publisher   Bleak House Books
ISBN  1932557555  
ISBN13  9781932557558  

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Filthy Fun  Dec 28, 2007
The genius of any short-fiction anthology lies in its premise. "Expletive Deleted" was conceived as a celebration of the lewd, crude, base, and brutal characters of crime fiction--and, especially, as a raucous "cheers" to the corresponding vulgarity of their vocabularies. The book is cleverly executed so that the milieu flips between foreign and familiar, disturbing and playful, making the total impact energetic, fresh, and obscenely entertaining.

Each of the 21 stories contributes a unique glimpse into depravity. There are enough variations in tone and style to overcome any thematic limitations, and--surprising for any collection--even the weakest stories have punch. This anthology is a must-read for anyone who has fun with filth and likes a little semantic grit with their transgressions.
Dirty Dancing  Dec 27, 2007
This collection of short stories is built around a theme: use of "dirty" language. It includes an introduction by Mark Billingham, a spirited, if self-serving, defense of the use of the "F" word by authors.

The parade starts off with "A Good **** Spoiled," a title that could have stood on its own without resorting to the theme's requirements either in the title or in the text. Surprisingly two of the entries--by Otis Twelve and Libby Fischer Hellman--conclude in exactly the same way. Other authors include: Ken Bruen, Charlie Huston, Nathan Singer, Anthony Neil Smith, Jason Starr, Sarah Weinman, John Richards, and Reed Farrel Coleman.

The trouble with such a theme is the forced nature of the stories. Some are good, others not up to par. One might say the concept was interesting, but something was lost in the execution.

not to bad at all...  Dec 16, 2007
I really enjoyed the stories from Charlie Huston(Like A Lady) and Ken Bruen(Spit)..all of the stories were pretty damn good though. I'd really like to see a second volume sometime soon!
Bad people use bad words  Nov 20, 2007
It's one of the most baffling phenomena in the world of crime fiction: people who don't mind the most grotesque violence, but object to the use of bad language.

I've seen them at book signings and fan conferences, approaching the author of the latest serial killer thriller. "Oh, I just love your books," they say. "But does your killer have to swear so much?" It's okay that they've just dismembered a body, or raped a woman, or shot someone in cold blood; it's not okay that they used vulgar language while they did it.

EXPLETIVE DELETED is an anthology based on the simple observation that bad people not only do bad things, they also say bad words. And if the use of bad language in the description of crimes offends the reader, perhaps it _should_.

Crime _should_ offend us. Crime fiction walks a fine moral line, using the worst things people do to each other as the basis for entertainment. If bad language reminds us to feel the appropriate sense of outrage, that's as it should be.

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