The Blue Religion: New Stories about Cops, Criminals, and the Chase
. Tantor Media, $34.99 (0pp) ISBN 978-1-4001-0719-3
Three veteran narrators join editor Connelly in presenting 19 stories that explore the lives-on and off the job-of the men and women who wear a badge. As with any anthology, these stories vary in caliber, but the readers succeed in bringing each to life. Highlights include Karen White's fine readings of ""Skinhead Central,"" a story showing that cops are always cops, even if they're retired; and ""Winning,"" Alafair Burke's affecting story of the lengths people will go to for the ones they love. John Lee provides just the right amount of youthful angst in Peter Robinson's ""The Price of Love,"" a touching story of a young boy's defining step toward manhood. But it is Alan Sklar who shines in his readings, especially with Jon L. Breen's chuckle-inducing ""Serial Killer"" and Connolly's own heart-wrenching ""Father's Day."" These stories of justice and those who deliver it are well served by these narrators. A Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 25).
Reviewed on: 06/02/2008