Culprits
Some stories are all about the crime. These stories are about the maelstrom of what happens after...A hard-bitten crew of professional thieves pull off the score of their lives, coming away with seven million in cash. Like any heist there are some unforeseen complications, and unfortunately they don’t get away without a few bodies dropping. But despite this, they get away with the swag. Seven million. Enough to change their lives, make new identities, start fresh. But that’s when the real trouble begins... A unique, fun, and compelling anthology of stories all set in the aftermath of a crime. While the crime itself seems to have gone off without a hitch, each story then follows a member of that crew as we find out that their troubles have just begun... Featuring stories from acclaimed writers David Corbett, Zoe Sharp, Joe Clifford, Manuel Ramos, Gar Anthony Haywood, and more.

Culprits Details

TitleCulprits
Author
ReleaseFeb 27th, 2018
PublisherPolis Books
ISBN-139781947993020
Rating
GenreMystery, Crime

Culprits Review

  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    Culprits is a crime caper novel, fast-reading, full of action, hard to put down. That said, it’s also an anthology with the introductory part written by the editors and seven authors each contributing a chapter, kind of a fun parlor game for writers. Not the first time this has been done, but quite well done in this case. The trick with this type of book is to make the transitions seamless so that the reader feels as if it’s one while novel, not an anthology of stories by different writers. The Culprits is a crime caper novel, fast-reading, full of action, hard to put down. That said, it’s also an anthology with the introductory part written by the editors and seven authors each contributing a chapter, kind of a fun parlor game for writers. Not the first time this has been done, but quite well done in this case. The trick with this type of book is to make the transitions seamless so that the reader feels as if it’s one while novel, not an anthology of stories by different writers. The other interesting thing they did with Culprits is that, although it’s a crime caper novel, the planning and the adrenaline rush leading up to the incident, the robbery, the caper is over rather quickly because the real meat of the book is what happens to all of the players post-caper as they try to escape with the loot and hopefully without the proverbial knife in the back. This is where this novel really shines and is really fun to read.Although it took a little bit to figure out who all these diverse characters are, eventually it becomes clear as you hear each individual story.
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  • Lawrence Maddox
    January 1, 1970
    A group of criminals, each with their own specialty, commit a well-planned heist. After the crime goes down, Culprits shows what happens to each member when things don't go as planned. Editors Brewer and Phillips do a great job setting up the heist. The editors pass the baton to various crime writers, each depicting the fate of one of the culprits. Every tale is riveting in its own right. Some of the culprits meet a bad end, while others find their own way out. There are lots of surprises along A group of criminals, each with their own specialty, commit a well-planned heist. After the crime goes down, Culprits shows what happens to each member when things don't go as planned. Editors Brewer and Phillips do a great job setting up the heist. The editors pass the baton to various crime writers, each depicting the fate of one of the culprits. Every tale is riveting in its own right. Some of the culprits meet a bad end, while others find their own way out. There are lots of surprises along the way.I love heist books, and especially heist flicks. This book has all the twists and turns I'd expect, with really interesting, well-drawn characters. I had a hard time putting Culprits down, and I was completely satisfied by the ending. Highly recommended.
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  • Ron
    January 1, 1970
    Culprits is an interesting concept nicely done. The book is a series of short stories of what happens after a caper goes down. The initial story sets things up, introduces the gang and follows them through the robbery. Then a group of authors take individual gang members and provide their tale of woe following the tears that happen afterwards. Some survive, some are found out and suffer consequences, and a very few thrive. Outside of Westlake/Stark's Parker novels, the reader is not often shown Culprits is an interesting concept nicely done. The book is a series of short stories of what happens after a caper goes down. The initial story sets things up, introduces the gang and follows them through the robbery. Then a group of authors take individual gang members and provide their tale of woe following the tears that happen afterwards. Some survive, some are found out and suffer consequences, and a very few thrive. Outside of Westlake/Stark's Parker novels, the reader is not often shown the longer term results of a caper, so this book is a treat!Thanks Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
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