Table of Contents

Spring 2009

From The Editor

Letter from Jack Getze

Short Stories

Patrick Whittaker


Anthony Rainone

Fall to Pieces

Phil Beloin

Late, After Dinner

Jake Nantz

Midnight on the Links

Stephen D. Rogers

Queen Anne's Lace

Mike Sheeter

Blue Fugazzi

David Moss

The Sleepy Pines Nursing Home

Fiona Kay Crawford

Successful Surgeon

Graham Powell

The Ins and Outs

John Towler

The Fall

Damien Seaman

Thursday Night Blowout

Matthew Acheson

Writing on the Wall


Sandra Ruttan with Russel D. McLean

Declan Burke with Brian McGilloway

Jim Napier with Phyllis Smallman

Brian Lindenmuth with Craig McDonald

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P.A. Brown

Mexican Heat

Gloria Feit

Friend of the Devil

Theodore Feit

Death Was in the Picture

A Beautiful Place to Die

Night and Day

Claire McManus

The Hanged Man

The Poisoner of Ptah

My Sister, My Love

The Cruelest Month

Jim Winter

Trigger City

The Fourth Victim


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The Big O
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Mexican Heat

Word of advice: handle this book with asbestos gloves.

Gabriel Sandalini is an uncover San Francisco Detective working to stop a Mexican drug cartel bent on gaining control of the drug supply in the Americas. He has been undercover for a long time and has worked his way high up in the hierarchy of the Botelli regime. Ricco Botelli is the West Coast Crime boss who wants to expand his empire with Don Sanchez, a Mexican drug king whose second lieutenant is Miguel Ortega. Botelli plans to do this through the marriage of his beloved daughter, the spoiled and willful Gina Botelli to Sanchez. But while Gina wants the power and wealth the marriage will bring her, she is infatuated with Gabriel, who she knows as Giovanni Contadino. Now he has to maintain his cover in the face of the needy Gina and her desires that could very well get him killed.

Seriously this book should come with a warning on the cover: may spontaneously combust. The chemistry between Gabriel and Miguel is incendiary. It begins the minute the two meet in a Mexican bar almost on the first page where Gabriel muses on the truth of his lonely existence. He doesn't need or want entanglements. Or so he tries to convince himself. What follows is an intense roller coaster ride through the underbelly of the Mexican drug world. Will Gabriel and Miguel, on opposite sides of the law, survive and will they reconcile their differences? Can they? One is good, one bad. Or will the heat burn out and leave them in ashes?

This is the first time Laura Baumbach and Josh Lanyon have paired as a writing team. I don't know if they plan to do it again any time soon, but if they do, I'll be in line to read the results, with a bottle of tequila on the table and a dozen limes...

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