Each of these new collections of short crime fiction has a unifying theme and lots of big-name authors.
The Dark End of the Street (Bloomsbury), edited by Jonathan Santlofer and S.J. Rozan, offers 19 stories about sex and crime by Michael Connelly, Jonathan Lethem, Laura Lippman, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose and more.
Delta Blues (Tyrus Books), edited by Carolyn Haines, features 19 crime stories laced with the blues by James Lee Burke, John Grisham, Charlaine Harris, Ace Atkins, Les Standiford and others; sales benefit Rock River Foundation.
Hook, Line & Sinister: Mysteries to Reel You In (Countryman Press), edited by T. Jefferson Parker, nets 16 stories about crime and fishing by such authors as Connelly (again), Ridley Pearson, James W. Hall and John Lescroart; sales benefit Casting for Recovery and Project Healing Waters.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor