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Anthologies can be hit or miss, especially when themes are involved, but this one pierces the bullseye. There’s a nice variety of writing styles and themes in these stories to keep each tale fresh and interesting while most of the characters show good depth and great dimension. Two stories that stood out were Ricky Don’t Lose That Number by Richie Narvaez and The Girl Could Be So Cruel by Jim Thomsen because of the characters, narratives, twists, and surprise endings. Like all good crime fiction, A Beast Without A Name explores concepts that force the reader to question societal values along with their own. One thing that was very different about this work was the fresh perspective some of the stories showed regarding the impact of feminine persuasion on the male psyche. I don’t know that I’ve read anything which so vulnerably explores a male character’s fragility and need to be wanted. Refreshing and engrossing, these stories keep the pages turning and reader satisfied. A great read!