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True Crime by Donna Tartt

available in Murder for Love, edited by Otto Penzler, Delacorte Press, January 1996

Things were getting hot in Idaho. Smiling,

strangled, in his distinctive red-and-silver pickup,

he seethed with the name of actress Elke Sommer.

Full moons seemed to bring out the worst in him.

So did eighteen year old neighbor Debra Earl. Lake Charles,


Prognosis: poor. Following a late dance at the VFW hall,

Authorities recovered a diary, a favorite rifle, a sales receipt

For antifreeze. "I have a problem. I'm

A cannibal." He spoke of plans

For a G.E.D. degree, a part-time candy business.

Stick figures of his first-grade sweetheart

Were scratched along the barrel of his gun.

True Crime by Donna Tartt in Murder for Love Murder for Love
edited by Otto Penzler
First Edition
ISBN: 0752807358

Murder for Love
edited by Otto Penzler
Delacorte Press
323 pages
January 1996
ISBN: 0385314663

True Crime by Donna Tartt in Murder for LoveMurder for Love
edited by Otto Penzler
Dell Publishing
319 pages
January 1997
ISBN: 0385318405

Murder for Love
by Otto Penzler
Trade Paperback
January 1997
ISBN: 0385318405

True Crime by Donna Tartt in Murder for LoveMurder for Love
edited by Otto Penzler
Random House
358 pages
March 1999
ISBN: 0440221056

Murder for Love
edited by Otto Penzler
Dell Publishing
Reprint Edition
Mass Market Paperback
March 9, 1999 0.89 x 6.78 x 4.12
ISBN: 0752811207

True Crime by Donna Tartt in Murder for Love Murder for Love
edited by Otto Penzler
Audio Book

True Crime by Donna Tartt in Murder for Love Murder for Love
edited by Otto Penzler
Audio Book

Murder for Love edited by Otto Penzler includes "True Crime" by Donna Tartt

Original anthology of 16 stories of romantic love gone wrong.

From the Publisher

Eight men and eight women--the best writers in and out of the mystery field--render their very own, original take on love gone wrong in this fresh collection of stories.

Animosity and affection intermingle dangerously in these delightfully deadly works by: William J. Caunitz, Carol Higgins Clark, Mary Higgins Clark, James Crumley, John Gardner, Faye Kellerman, Jonathan Kellerman, Elmore Leonard, Ed McBain, Michael Malone, Bobbie Ann Mason, Joyce Carol Oates, Sara Paretsky, Anne Perry, Shel Silverstein, and Donna Tartt.

An innovative anthology about men, women, and crimes of passion, Murder For Love brings to light the dark side of love.

From Emily Melton - Booklist

Penzler, a mystery superbuff himself (he owns the world's largest mystery bookstore and founded Mysterious Press), offers up a panoply of short stories from some of today's most popular and most talented mystery writers, including Jonathan Kellerman, Sara Paretsky, and Elmore Leonard.

The 16 selections possess all the usual ingredients--from page-turning suspense to off-the-wall humor to 90 mph action--but in addition, as the title implies, they all have something to do with love, usually the misguided kind. There isn't a weak story among the group, but especially noteworthy are Kellerman's portrait of a working mom with an unusual career, Leonard's humorously bittersweet portrait of a doomed romance between a U.S. marshal and a bank robber, and Carol Higgins Clark's hilarious yet disturbing account of an out-of-work actress and her answering machine.

Expect mystery readers to be clamoring for this fine collection, which has already been made a selection of the Mystery Guild, the Doubleday Book Club, and the Literary Guild. Buy multiple copies.


Introduction by Otto Penzler (introduction)

Dying Time by William J. Caunitz (short story)

For Whom the Beep Tolls by Carol Higgins Clark (short story)

Definitely, a Crime of Passion by Mary Higgins Clark (novelette)

Hot Springs by James Crumley (novelette)

The Loving You Get by John Gardner (short story)

The Stalker by Faye Kellerman (short story)

The Things We Do for Love by Jonathan Kellerman (short story)

Karen Makes Out by Elmore Leonard (novelette)

Red Clay by Michael Malone (novelette)

Nancy Drew Remembers (A Parody) by Bobbie Ann Mason (novelette)

Running from Legs by Ed McBain (novelette)

At the Paradise Motel, Sparks, Nevada by Joyce Carol Oates (short story)

Heartbreak House by Sara Paretsky (short story)

The Blackmailer by Anne Perry (short story)

For What She Had Done by Shel Silverstein (poem)

True Crime by Donna Tartt (vignette, reprint)

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Murder for Love: Murder for Women edited by Otto Penzler
includes "True Crime" by Donna Tartt

Donna Tartt in Murder for Love: Murder for WomenMurder for Love: Murder for Women

Dove Audio
Audio Book
6 Hours
January 1996
introduction by Otto Penzler

Tartt, Donna, - True Crime, 1996. (poem, reprint)
From AudioFile

Eight exquisitely narrated stories feature love and murder with varying degrees of hard-boiled machismo. Each story showcases the unique style of its author, and each is performed by a carefully chosen reader. Otto Penzler, the reigning guru of crime fiction, provides insightful introductions to the stories, including anecdotes that personalize each one. Everything in this production is topflight, from the selection of authors to the sound quality, the presentation of the stories and even the incidental music. D.T.H. An AUDIOFILE Earphones Award winner


Stories include "Dying Time" by Otto Penzler, "Hot Springs" by James Crumley, "The Loving You Get" by John Gardner, "The Things We Do For Love" by Elmore Leonard, "Running From Legs" by Ed McBain, "Red Clay" by Michael Malone, "For What She Had Done" by Shel Silverstein. Simultaneous hardcover release from Mysterious Press. 4 cassettes.

The Reason Why: An Anthology of the Murderous Mind edited by Ruth Rendell
includes an excerpt from "The Secret History" by Donna Tartt

excerpt from The Secret History by Donna Tartt in The Reason Why: An Anthology of the Murderous MindThe Reason Why: An Anthology of the Murderous Mind

edited by Ruth Rendell
244 pages
March 1996 0.94 x 8.56 x 5.78
ISBN: 0517703475

Book Description

One of the world's most acclaimed mystery writers presents an anthology of literary depictions of murder that delves into the human passions, terrors, and foibles that incite the act and linger in its wake. Includes such writers as Sophocles, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Poe, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Albert Camus, Graham Greene, P.D. James, Truman Capote, and Norman Mailer.


A collection of literary whodunits--by Graham Greene, P. D. James, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Poe, Norman Mailer, Thomas Hardy, and other notable writers--journeys inside the criminal mind to explore the dark human passions, terrors, foibles, and motives that lead to murder. 12,500 first printing.

From Library Journal

Excerpts from a broad range of writings, including both fiction and nonfiction, attempt to explain what compels one person to take the life of another. Rendell has arranged the selections by motive and situation, and perhaps sheds some light on the human psyche.

From Publisher's Weekly

How effective is a paragraph of Dostoyevski's Crime and Punishment out of context? Not very, and that's the problem with Rendell's anthology of more than 100 snippets from sources as diverse as the Bible, Matthew Arnold's "Sohrab and Rustum," Toni Morrison's Beloved and Melanie Klein's A Contribution to the Psychogenesis of Manic-Depressive States. Rendell (Simisola) begins with the premise that the "passions and terrors" that motivate murderers are more interesting than the act of murder itself. No doubt this is true, but although some of the excerpts are good enough to send readers back to the complete sources, the exercise here is too limited. So are Rendell's brief introductory comments to each selection, e.g., "A Mistreated wife takes revenge for a death." Rendell, brilliant at using narrative arc and duration to build suspense in her own writing, knows better. These digests are simply too neat. Like a funky highlight film, they provide neither a serious analytical approach nor a rich imaginative one. (Mar.)

Anthology of writings about murder.

Introduction by Ruth Rendell (introduction)

1. 'O, Hideous Sequel' In the Family

from Oedipus the King by Sophocles; trans. by Paul Roche (poem)

from Genesis IV by Anon. (excerpt)

from Cain by Lord Byron (excerpt), 1821

from The Cenci by Percy Bysshe Shelley (poem), 1819

from Adam Bede by George Eliot (excerpt), 1859

from The Medea of Euripides by Euripides; trans. by Rex Warner (poem)

from The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammett ex New York: Knopf, 1929

from A Shropshire Lad by A. E. Housman (poem), 1896

from An American Dream by Norman Mailer ex New York: The Dial Press, 1965

from Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles ex London: Gollancz, 1931

from Fragments from My Diary by Maxim Gorky (excerpt)

from The Trial of Madeleine Smith by F. Tennyson Jesse (excerpt), 1927

from Arden of Feversham by Anon. (excerpt), 1592

from The Trial of Dr. Hawley Garvey Crippen by Filson Young (excerpt), 1920

from Othello, the Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare (excerpt), 1604

from "Her Second Husband Hears Her Story" by Thomas Hardy (poem)

from The Innocent by Ian McEwan (excerpt), 1990

from "George Smith, The Murder of Bessie Mundy, 1912" by Gordon Honeycombe ex The Murders of the Black Museum 1870-1970, Gordon Honeycombe, 1982

from Double Indemnity by James M. Cain ex New York: Knopf, 1943

from We, the Accused by Ernest Raymond ex Cassell's, 1935

2. 'The Way of His Wickedness' Murder for Revenge

from Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope (excerpt), 1858

from Chronicles of a Death Fortold by Gabriel García Márquez; trans. by Gregory Rabassa (excerpt), 1986

from "The Foundling" by Heinrich von Kleist; trans. by David Luke & Nigel Reeves ex The Marquise of O & Other Stories, Penguin, 1978

from The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad (excerpt), 1907

from "A Jury of Her Peers" by Susan Glaspell (excerpt) Every Week Mar 5 '17

from Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (excerpt), 1955

from No Name by Wilkie Collins (excerpt), 1862

All the Better to See You With by Ciaran Carson (poem), 1989

from 'Tis a Pity She's a Whore by John Ford (excerpt), 1633

The Sacrilege by Thomas Hardy (poem)

from The Letter by W. Somerset Maugham (excerpt), 1952

from Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell (excerpt), 1848

An Uncle's Advice [from Metamorphoses] by Ovid; trans. by Horace Gregory (poem), 1958

from Salome by Oscar Wilde (excerpt), 1894

from Hassan by James Elroy Flecker (excerpt), 1922

from "A Vendetta" by Guy de Maupassant; trans. by H. N. P. Sloman (excerpt)

The Vengeance of a Skull [from The Revenger's Tragedy] by Cyril Tourneur (excerpt), 1607

from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (excerpt), 1925

from Billy Bathgate by E. L. Doctorow (excerpt), 1989

from "Metonymy, or The Husband's Revenge" by Rachel de Queíroz; trans. by William L. Grossman (excerpt), 1967

3. 'To Bask in the Sun' Killers for Gain

from II Samuel XI by Anon. (excerpt)

from Thérèse Raquin [1867] by émile Zola; trans. by L. W. Tancock (excerpt)

from "The Queen of Spades" by Alexander Pushkin; trans. by Paul Debreczeny (excerpt), 1834

from "The Murder of the Mandarin" by Arnold Bennett (excerpt) Grim Smile of the Five Towns, Chatto, 1907

To Gain a Throne [from The Princes in the Tower] by Alison Weir (excerpt), 1992

from "Mademoiselle de Scudéry" by E. T. A. Hoffmann; trans. by R. J. Hollingdale (excerpt), 1982

from Murder Revisited by John Rowland (excerpt), 1961

from Macbeth by William Shakespeare (excerpt), 1606

from "The Payoff" by Stanley Ellin ex EQMM Nov '71

from Great Shipwrecks and Castaways by Charles Neider (excerpt), 1952

from "The Garden of Smoke" by G. K. Chesterton ex The Storyteller Oct '19

from Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (excerpt), 1866

4. 'Forbidden Actions' Guilt and Remorse

from "Some Character-Types Met With in Psychoanalytic Work" by Sigmund Freud (excerpt), 1915

from "His Brother's Keeper" by W. W. Jacobs (excerpt) The Strand Dec '22

from "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe (excerpt) The Pioneer Jan, 1843

from Mary Queen of Scots by Antonia Fraser (excerpt), 1969

from "The Dream of Eugene Aram" by Thomas Hood (excerpt)

from The Book of Evidence by John Banville (excerpt), 1989

from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (excerpt), 1837

from "Sohrab and Rustum" by Matthew Arnold (poem)

from Payment Deferred by C. S. Forester (excerpt), 1926

from "Peter Grimes" by George Crabbe (poem), 1810

from "The Man of God" by Leo Tolstoy (excerpt)

from Caleb Williams by William Godwin (excerpt) Things As They Are, William Godwin, B. Crosby, 1794

5. 'To Stop Her Crying' Escaping the Consequences

from Innocent Blood by P. D. James (excerpt), 1980

from Dead Certainties by Simon Schama (excerpt), 1992

from "Telling" by Elizabeth Bowen (excerpt) The Black Cap, ed. Cynthia Asquith, London: Hutchinson, 1927

from Judges IV by Anon. (excerpt)

from The Secret History by Donna Tartt (excerpt), 1992

from A Demon in My View by Ruth Rendell (excerpt), 1976

from Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (excerpt), 1866

from "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning (poem), 1842

from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (excerpt) Lippincott's Jul, 1890

from "Honolulu" by W. Somerset Maugham (excerpt) Everybody's Magazine Oct '21

from The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (excerpt), 1776-88

from Dr. Glas by Hjalmar Söderberg; trans. by Paul Britten Austin (excerpt), 1905

from Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (excerpt), 1876

from Sara Thornton, The Story of a Woman Who Killed by Jennifer Nadel (excerpt), 1993

from The Changeling by Thomas Middleton & William Rowley (excerpt), 1622

6. 'For Love and Not for Hate' Killing from Altruism or Duty

from The Physician's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer (excerpt)

from "The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim's Point" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (excerpt), 1850

from Beloved by Toni Morrison (excerpt), 1987

from "The Salt of the Earth" by Rebecca West (excerpt), 1935

from Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (excerpt), 1891

from They Shoot Horses, Don't They? by Horace McKoy (excerpt), 1935

from Citizens by Simon Schama (excerpt), 1994

from The Judge and His Hangman by Friedrich Dürrenmatt; trans. by Cyrus Brooks (excerpt), 1952

from Murder in the Cathedral by T. S. Eliot (excerpt), 1935

A soldier recalls what killing a man in war meant to him by Denys L. Jones (poem)

from The Face of the Third Reich by Joachim C. Fest; trans. by Michael Bullock (excerpt), 1963

from Judith XXII by Anon. (excerpt)

7. "A Field of Evil Forces" The Psychopath No One Understands

from Somebody's Husband, Somebody's Son by Gordon Burn (excerpt), 1985

from The Bad Seed by William March (excerpt), 1954

from The Mainspring of Murder by Philip Lindsay (excerpt), 1958

from A Contribution to the Psychogenesis of Maniac-Depressive States by Melanie Klein (excerpt), 1935

Porphyria's Lover by Robert Browning (poem) Dramatic Lyrics, 1842

from The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg (excerpt), 1824

from The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (excerpt) New York: Coward-McCann, 1955

from Beyond Belief by Emlyn Williams (excerpt), 1967

from 10 Rillington Place by Ludovic Kennedy (excerpt), 1971

from Killer Department by Robert Cullen (excerpt), 1993

Psychopath by Carol Ann Duffy (poem), 1987

from How We Die by Sherwin B. Nuland (excerpt), 1993

from Brighton Rock by Graham Greene (excerpt), 1938

from The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer (excerpt) Boston: Little Brown, 1979

from Shot in the Heart by Mikal Gilmore (excerpt), 1994

from The Death Shift by Peter Elkind (excerpt), 1983

from Murder on Ward Four by Nick Davies (excerpt), 1993

from "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson (excerpt) New York: George Munro, 1886

from Killing for Company by Brian Masters (excerpt), 1985

8. 'The Ones Who Had to Pay' Murder for Murder's Sake

from Life After Life by Tony Parker (excerpt), 1990

from In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (excerpt) New York: Random House, 1966

from Rope by Patrick Hamilton (excerpt), 1929

from The Vatican Cellars by André Gide; trans. by D. Bussy (excerpt) Cassell's, 1952; Les caves du Vatican, Gallimard; Paris, 1950.

A Staffordshire Murderer by James Fenton (poem), 1982

from The Outsider by Albert Camus; trans. by Joseph Laredo (excerpt), 1942

Gilles de Rais by Sidney Keyes (poem), 1945

from A Philosophical Investigation by Philip Kerr (excerpt), 1992

from The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (excerpt), 1939

from The Disinterested Killer Bill Harrigan by Jorge Luís Borges; trans. by Norman Thomas di Giovanni (excerpt), 1954

from "The Lonesome Vigilante" by John Steinbeck (excerpt), 1940

from "A Fratricide" by Franz Kafka; trans. by Willa & Edwin Muir (excerpt)

from The Psychograph by Denis Nilsen (excerpt)

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