In this anthology of 17 tales, you'll see all the moods of Ireland on display. James Joyce, Sean O'Faolain and Peter Tremayne show us the changing face of Ireland across different eras: classic dectective writers Edmund Crispin and Freeman Wills Crofts show us how the land its legends can be integrated into fair-clue puzzles; Mary Ryan, Michael Jahn and Morris Hershman use Irish traditions to illuminate the pyschological aspects of their stories; and such contemporary masters as Edgar award-winner Clark Howard, Robert J. Randisi, Bill Crider, and Wendi Lee give us snapshots of modern-day Ireland.
You'll also find first-rate stories from Mary O'Reilly and Jon Breen
plus a delightful Nicholas Blake tale that proves that the Irish spirit can easily be transplanted to England. The two novels by John Brady and Ann C. Fallon are especially notable. John Brady has been called "the Simenon of Ireland" while Ann C. Fallon has been called "the Augatha Cristie of Ireland". Their novels complement each other perfectly-John Brady's moody procedural, which exposes the darkness of contemporary urban Ireland, contrasted with Ann C. Fallon's tale of small town suspense. As author as disparate as William Trevor and Brian Moor have proven, a lot of great Irish stories are set in Britain.
The stories will teach you a lot about the history of Ireland. But most of all they'll entertain you. Because that is Ireland's greatest product, if you will-centuries of ine storytellers. ...from foreward by Ed Gorman