Fair warning. Even if you are naturally cautious, it would be remiss of me not to advise prudence as you proceed from story to story in this death-and-defiance filled anthology. If you heed this admonition, your discretion will be rewarded--with shock-absorbing revelations and dark insights. So do go chary into this good collection and you will rage against the dying of your reading light. Alfred Hitchcock thus introduces the 24 stories in this anthology, from authors such as Donald E. Westlake, Patricia Matthews, Bill Pronzini, John Lutz, Margaret Maron, Lawrence Block and others, a collection of amazing variety and tantalizing ingenuity.