40 tales of murder, revenge & mayhem all situated in the most tranquil of settings. Dark secrets & darker crimes lurk behind those picket fences, curtained windows & trellised gardens in Anytown, USA—a point driven home by some of our finest mystery writers in these stories. Contributors include Simon Brett, Rex Miller, Charlotte Armstrong, Laurence Block, Donald E. Westlake, Laurence Treat and Stanley Ellin. Yes, murder is in the heart of those friendly people down the block!