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Selected Shorts

Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins

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Publisher's Summary

A dashing lineup of elegant crime tales and gritty hardboiled detective stories, alternately menacing and cozy, with two exotic locales, and murder in the mix.

Stories in this set include:

  • Dashiell Hammett's "The Creeping Siamese", performed by John Shea - The Continental Op gets his man
  • C.S. Montanye's "A Shock for the Countess", performed by Fionnula Flanagan - Intrigue in the alps in this clever tale of a jewelry heist
  • Ed McBain's, "Improvisation", performed by Isaiah Sheffer - A hilarious story of two tall and willowy sisters up to no good
  • Shirley Jackson's "The Summer People", performed by René Auberjonois - Spooky goings-on at a country cottage
  • Nobel Prize-winner Nadine Gordimer's "Country Lovers", performed by Hattie Winston - Forbidden love on a South African farm
  • Louise Erdrich's "Gleason", performed by Robert Sean Leonard - A simple plot goes terribly awry

    Selected Shorts is an award-winning, one-hour program featuring readings of classic and new short fiction, recorded live at New York's Symphony Space. One of the most popular series on the airwaves, this unique show is hosted by Isaiah Sheffer and produced for radio by Symphony Space and WNYC Radio.

  • ©2009 Symphony Space (P)2009 Symphony Space

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    • 18-03-2012

    This is My Kinda Fiction Buster...

    I grew up smelling uncles that breathed tobacco and Three Feathers Whiskey. Bartended in dives to put myself through college and watched all the black and whites with mom on the couch late at night. I am hopelessly in awe of this time when a man was a guy and a gal was a broad. This I believe is the second wave of American Cowboy Hero.. the Gumshoe and Dick...

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    • EAlex
    • 17-03-2019

    Not Whodunits but gripping stories nonetheless

    This feels like an old time radio show but is is surprisingly modern. What a treasure the host
    Isiah Sheffer was. My favorite was Improvisation by Ed McBain —perhaps the most perfectly crafted short story I have ever experienced. A close second is the darkly comic Gleason. Those two alone would make this entire collection worth the price.

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