Author: Jack Getze

Spinetingler's Fiction Editor is a former newspaper reporter and author of the screwball crime novels BIG NUMBERS, BIG MONEY, BIG MOJO and BIG SHOES from Down and Out Books. His short fiction has been published on the web at BEAT TO A PULP, A TWIST OF NOIR and THE BIG ADIOS.

FICTION: Mop Up Afterwards By Michael McGlade

Matt dashed past the thatch-faced doorman, bounded up the spiral staircase and came to another door. Late again. Sweat in his eyes. He struck the door buzzer, angled his face toward the surveillance camera and waited. He tucked in his…

FICTION: Sea of Razorblades by Robert Acosta

“Isn’t it beautiful?” Clara asked. The full moon shimmered in her eyes as she looked out over the dark water. On the top deck at two in the morning, they had the ocean to themselves. “It is,” was all Sam…

Mystery Writers Take On KGB

By Hector Poole, Spinetingler Correspondent — The New York chapter of the Mystery Writers of America took over the KGB Bar in New York City March 18 to celebrate mystery and crime. Your man Hector was there. The event featured…

FICTION: Inexplicably by B.R. Stateham

Henry Mancini’s Spook drifted across the semi-dark dance floor. Mancini. Smooth jazz with a touch of noir lurking deep between the longing chords of the pianos and saxophones. The perfect music for someone to die suddenly. Inexplicably. On the black…

FICTION: Worry a Line by Jack Bates

‘Baby I’m back in Dee-troit/ I don’t want to be here anymore/ Baby I’m back in Dee-troit/I don’t want to be here anymore/ Winter is a coming/ And I’m stuck this time for sure…’ Wasn’t many that could worry a…

FICTION: Rejection by Jed Power

I guess it was the last rejection that broke my camel’s back.  It came back in the return envelope I’d sent in with the submission.  It was a form letter, but in the blank salutation spot where they put in…

FICTION: Ghost Ship by Thomas Canfield

The Sacramento’s last port of call was Vladivostok, far on the periphery of eastern Russia. They were presently riding off the Aleutian Islands, bound for Juneau and, eventually, Seattle. They had encountered only one other vessel in their transit of…

FICTION: Bad Karma by Dwight Holing

Bobby Ballena doesn’t look like he’s spending time worrying about melanoma. His skin’s the color of a pair of huaraches and his thick curls are streaked from sunshine. We grew up in the same neighborhood and ran together for awhile,…

FICTION: Time and Tides by Zen McCann

“We’re here.” Her voice carried just above the noise of the boat’s engine. Despite the swollen waves of high tide, Isla Jimenez brought the inflatable runabout up on the beach with the sure handedness of long experience. Killing the engine…

FICTION: No Good Reason by Christopher Ford

“What’s this one about this time?” I looked up from my book straight into Betty’s concerned face. “It’s difficult to explain. It’s set across six different stories, across six different timelines. I think the main message is about slavery. But I…

FICTION: The Camel Spider by Timothy Mudie

Things could go wrong at any moment—he’d learned that in Ramadi—but all in all airport security was a hell of a lot more relaxing than patrolling anywhere in Iraq. In the two years that he’d been working for the TSA…

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