The Darkling Halls of Ivy

Edited by Lawrence Block. Subterranean, $50 (328p) ISBN 978-1-59606-965-7
Set in and around colleges and universities, the 17 new stories and one reprint in this top-notch anthology explore the forbidding side of academia. As Block (the Bernie Rhodenbarr mysteries) notes in his droll introduction, each of the varied, well-told tales is “as individual as fingerprints.” Among the standouts are David Morrell’s devious “Requiem for a Homecoming,” in which two alumni cast suspicion on each other while debating a 20-year-old murder; Ian Rankin’s riveting “The Reasoners,” concerning the cover-up of a murder at a secret society in an ancient British university; and Reed Farrel Coleman’s chilling “An Even Three,” about a psychopath at a liberal arts college. Elsewhere, themes veer from rivalry, rape, and survival of the fittest, to plagiarism, academic ghostwriting, and unsavory alternative employment beyond the ivy-covered walls. Creepy oddities include Owen King’s tale of heroism, “That Golden Way,” A.J. Hartley’s supernatural “Rounded with a Sleep,” and Jane Hamilton’s superlative “Writing Maeve Dubinsky,” about the appropriation of another person’s work. Crime fiction fans won’t want to miss this exemplary compilation. Agent: Danny Baror, Baror International. (May)
Reviewed on : 03/12/2020
Release date: 05/31/2020
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Hardcover - 286 pages - 978-1-951939-81-6
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