In the hands of some of the most respected mystery writers of the decade, stories such as the confinement of Rapunzel, the peril of Little Red Riding Hood, and many others are given a compelling, suspenseful twist. But unlike the well-known traditional tales, the endings found here aren't always the familiar ones you remember - or expect. In Sharyn McCrumb's "Gerda's Sense of Snow," an ingenious retelling of a classic, Gerda must rescue her best friend Kay from the Snow Queen, a crack dealer whose white powder erases pain - and makes the user her slave. A troubled teen assumes seven separate personalities after her wicked stepmother, determined to be the fairest of them all, drives her to an isolated cabin - and to dangerous deeds - in "Heptagon" by Joan Hess. In a charmingly contemporary adaptation of "The Six Swans," a country singer tries to outwit his agent by hiding a promising new act in a secluded cabin. But the agent has devious plans of her own... in "Swan Song" by John Lutz. And an uproarious new version of "The Emperor's New Clothes," by Simon Brett, has a top gangster finding salvation in televangelism - until a young gang member reveals the leader's true nature...
Used availability for Ed Gorman's Once upon a Crime
June 1998 : USA Hardback
October 1999 : USA Mass Market Paperback
April 1998 : Canada Audio Cassette