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FICTION: Short Change Heroes by Terrence P. McCauley

July 7, 2014
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CHAPTER 1 La Terminal, Guatemala City Present Day   The guardian who called himself Jose spotted the boy walking into the market. Jose was paid to spot thieves. He was paid even more to kill them. He watched the young man push his way through the jostling crowd of shoppers and sellers; every one...

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FICTION: A Family’s Day by Scott Adlerberg

June 24, 2014
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At two-eighteen p.m. on the fourteenth of that month, Eva Barlow fell dead of a heart attack. Aged forty-three, she’d been ignoring her high cholesterol count for too long, and that disregard along with a heavy smoking habit must have contributed to her sudden death. She pitched face forward in her living room and...

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FICTION: Mop Up Afterwards By Michael McGlade

May 25, 2014
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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 shirt, which was wrinkled and too large, like it belonged to someone else. The...

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FICTION: The Bridge by J.S. Breukelaar

April 28, 2014
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You haven’t heard this one? says Cousin Fie. It happened years back at the college. True story. This girl, a freshman, was rooming with another girl over at Old Dorm Hall. Well the girls in those days were from all over, rich girls from Rhode Island in their Calvin Klein cutoffs and their yoga...

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FICTION: Sea of Razorblades by Robert Acosta

March 30, 2014
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“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 could come up with. The rough pitch and yaw of the cruise liner made...

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Mystery Writers Take On KGB

March 20, 2014
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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 Scott Adlerberg (Spiders and Flies), Kimberly McCreight (Reconstructing Amelia, currently nominated for an Edgar®...

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FICTION: Inexplicably by B.R. Stateham

March 9, 2014
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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 tile dance floor the city’s finest danced in furs, diamonds and black tuxedos. On...

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FICTION: Wave to Me by Martin Zeigler

February 16, 2014
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Vernon pulls out his cell, thumbs the speed dial, listens through the rings. He knows she’s there, knows she’s looking at her own cell right now, at the caller id, trying to decide: should she take it, should she take it? Vernon, of course, wants her to. The sweet taste of victory depends on...

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FICTION: The Lady in the Lake by J. E. Seymour

January 28, 2014
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It seemed like an open and shut case. Simple, really. Elderly woman with Alzheimer’s wanders off, falls in the lake. Not even any reason to call me. But, (there always seems to be a but) her son is the chief of police in the little town where it happened, she was out of the...

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FICTION: Worry a Line by Jack Bates

January 22, 2014
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‘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 line like Dorie Glinn. She could hold a note on a word just so...

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FICTION: Rejection by Jed Power

December 3, 2013
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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 the author’s name, not only did they spell my name wrong they referred to...

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FICTION: Ghost Ship by Thomas Canfield

November 17, 2013
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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 the Bering Sea, a Japanese fishing trawler which had returned their salute but had...

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FICTION: El Monstruo by Taylor Brown

November 3, 2013
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Pelicans. Seven or eight of them, in echelon. Their shadows skated along the sand, the docks and beached boats. Rising, falling. Ty watched them from the wheel of the boat. His father, standing in the stern, made his hand into a gun. He tracked them, one eye scrunched to aim. “Pow!” he said. “Don’t...

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FICTION: Bad Karma by Dwight Holing

October 24, 2013
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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, but this is the first I’ve seen him since he lit out for Baja...

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CHANDLERS’S HEROES, Non-Fiction by Dana King

October 17, 2013
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CHANDLERS’S HEROES, Non-Fiction by Dana King

In his 1950 essay, “The Simple Art of Murder,” Raymond Chandler deconstructs the classical idea of a mystery, replacing it with the form begun by Dashiell Hammett, who “gave murder back to the kind of people that commit it for reasons, not just to provide a corpse.” Chandler goes on to describe his idea...

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FICTION: Hun I Don’t Think You Should Get Too Close by AV Boyd

October 7, 2013
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There’s still enough daylight to see the muley halfway down the pasture, but here in the mountains, the sun set a long time ago. “Hun,” my wife whispers. “Hun, he’s legal.” The muley is in the dark timber on the edge of the clearing. He is at an angle facing us. He is looking...

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FICTION: Time and Tides by Zen McCann

October 2, 2013
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“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 and tipping the heavy outboard motor up on its mount, she jumped out with...

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FICTION: No Good Reason by Christopher Ford

August 21, 2013
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“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 could be wrong.” I turned the book’s cover to face her. “Not your book,...

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Charlie Stella Stars at Noir @ the Bar NYC

August 20, 2013
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Charlie Stella Stars at Noir @ the Bar NYC

Author Charlie Stella lived up to his headliner billing this past Sunday at Noir @ Bar NYC’s fifth event. Reading from a work in progress, the author of Rough Riders, Johnny Porno, and other noir classics, mesmerized (I might have missed a word or two sipping vodka) an audience of forty to fifty Shade...

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FICTION: The Camel Spider by Timothy Mudie

May 20, 2013
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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 there had been three instances of people trying to sneak a gun onto a...

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