Men From Boys By John Harvey Arrow $101 A collection of 17 tightly written short stories from male crime writers, including Mark Billingham, Jeffery Deaver, Reginald Hill, Dennis Lehane, George P. Pelecanos and Peter Robinson. While they may be written by men and about men, most of the stories are on what might be termed women's themes. Set in poker rooms, truck stops and jazz clubs, they tackle emotional issues of self-knowledge. What does it mean to be a father, a son, a man? Mixing gruffness and tenderness, the masters of crime fiction usually suggest tough love. In one of the shortest and best of the collection, Two Things by Daniel Woodrell, a father says of his son: 'If I love Cecil now it is like the way I love the Korean conflict. Something terrible I have lived through.'