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About Alan Orloff
Alan Orloff's debut mystery, DIAMONDS FOR THE DEAD (Midnight Ink), was a 2010 Agatha Award Finalist for Best First Novel. He's written two books in the Last Laff mystery series, KILLER ROUTINE and DEADLY CAMPAIGN (also from Midnight Ink), and writing as his darker half Zak Allen, he's published three books: THE TASTE, FIRST TIME KILLER, and RIDE-ALONG. His novel, RUNNING FROM THE PAST, was one of the initial Kindle Scout selections. His most recent novel, PRAY FOR THE INNOCENT, won the 2019 ITW Thriller Award for Best E-Book Original.
His next novel, I KNOW WHERE YOU SLEEP, will be published by Down & Out Books in February 2020.
His short fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including JEWISH NOIR, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, CHESAPEAKE CRIMES: STORM WARNING, Mystery Weekly, NOIR AT THE SALAD BAR, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, WINDWARD, SNOWBOUND, and LANDFALL (BEST NEW ENGLAND CRIME STORIES 2016, 2017, 2018, respectively), THE NIGHT OF THE FLOOD, and MYSTERY MOST GEOGRAPHICAL. His flash fiction story, "Happy Birthday," was nominated for a 2018 Derringer Award, and his story, "Dying in Dokesville," won a 2019 Derringer Award. His story, "Rule Number One" (SNOWBOUND, Level Best Books), was selected for the 2018 edition of THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES anthology, edited by Louise Penny.
He loves arugula and cake, but not together. Never together.
Alan can be followed/stalked on Facebook (www.facebook.com/alanorloff) and Twitter (@alanorloff). For more info, visit www.alanorloff.com
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In this collection, 28 crime writers pay tribute to Joni’s musical legacy with short stories inspired by her lyrics, representing each of her seventeen studio albums from 1968’s Song to a Seagull to 2007’s Shine.
Many of the classics are represented here, including “Both Sides, Now” (in the first literary collaboration between Art Taylor and Tara Laskowski, who have each won major awards for their fiction), “Big Yellow Taxi” (by Kathryn O’Sullivan, author of the Colleen McCabe series), and “River” (by Stacy Woodson, winner of the 2019 Readers Choice Award from Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine), plus such equally fascinating titles as “Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire” (by Donna Andrews, author of the award-winning Meg Lanslow series), “The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines” (by Amber Sparks), and “Ray’s Dad’s Cadillac” (by Michael Bracken). This anthology also includes contributions from Alison McMahan, Brendan DuBois, Edith Maxwell and many other talented writers.
Writing short stories takes “Skill. Discipline. Knowledge of the form while not being formulaic,” contends Louise Penny in her introduction. “In a short story there is nowhere to hide. Each must be original, fresh, inspired.” Originality is just what’s in store for readers of the twenty clever, creative selections in The Best American Mystery Stories 2018. There’s no hiding from a Nigerian confidence game, a drug made of dinosaur bones, a bombing at an oil company, a reluctant gunfighter in the Old West, and the many other scams, dangers, and thrills lurking in its suspenseful pages.
The Best American Mystery Stories 2018 includes T. C. Boyle, James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Charlaine Harris, Andrew Klavan, Martin Limón, Joyce Carol Oates, and others.
We've gathered thirty-one original tales by New England authors or with a New England setting, ranging from the historical to contemporary, to noir, and everything in between.
Contributors push hard against the boundaries of crime fiction, driving their work into places short crime fiction doesn’t often go, into a world where the mean streets seem gentrified by comparison and happy endings are the exception rather than the rule. And they do all this in contemporary settings, bringing noir into the 21st century.
Like any good cocktail, Mickey Finn is a heady mix of ingredients that packs a punch, and when you’ve finished reading every story, you’ll know that you’ve been “slipped a Mickey.”
The twenty contributors, some of today’s most respected short-story writers and new writers making their mark on the genre, include J.L. Abramo, Ann Aptaker, Trey R. Barker, Michael Bracken, Barb Goffman, David Hagerty, James A. Hearn, David H. Hendrickson, Jarrett Kaufman, Mark R. Kehl, Hugh Lessig, Steve Liskow, Alan Orloff, Josh Pachter, Steve Rasnic Tem, Mikal Trimm, Bev Vincent, Joseph S. Walker, Andrew Welsh-Huggins, and Stacy Woodson.
Getting Away, by Alan Orloff
Fairy Tales, by Art Taylor
Eb and Flo, by Josh Pachter
Crazy Cat Lady, by Barb Goffman
A Pie to Die For, by Meg Opperman
Murder at Madame Tussaud’s, by Dan Andriacco
Rooster Creek, by John M. Floyd
Don’t Bank on It, by Jack Halliday
Dixie Quickies, by Michael Bracken
Flight to the Flirty Flamingo, by Kaye George
The Italian Tile Mystery, by James Holding
Beside a Flowering Wall, by Fletcher Flora
The ABCs of Murder, by Josh Pachter
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The Barrister's Clerk, by Michael Robertson
The Belle Hope, by Peter DiChellis
Arroyo, by Michael Bracken
Muskeg Man, by Keenan Powell
The End of the World, by Susan Breen
To Protect the Guilty, by Kerry Hammond
Dying in Dokesville, by Alan Orloff
The House in Glamaig's Shadow, by William Burton McCormick
Summer Smugglers, by Triss Stein
The Jamaican Ice Mystery, by John Gregory Betancourt
Death at the Congressional Cemetery, by Verena Rose
Cabin in the Woods, by Sylvia Maultash Warsh
Mad About You, by G. M. Malliet
What Goes Around, by Kathryn Johnson
Summer Job, by Judith Green
Death in a Strange and Beautiful Place, by Leslie Wheeler
We Shall Fight Them, by Carla Coupe
Marigold in the Lake, by Susan Thibadeau
Murder on the Northern Lights Express, by Susan Daly
Czech Mate, by Kristin Kisska
Keep Calm and Love Moai, by Eleanor Cawood Jones
Isaac's Daughters, by Anita Page
A Divination of Death, by Edith Maxwell
Payback With Interest, by Cheryl Marceau
Island Time, by Laura Oles
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Murder, by Josh Pachter
The Breaker Boy, by Harriette Sackler
Death on the Beach, by Shawn Reilly Simmons
Ridgeline, by Peter W. J. Hayes
Ho'oponopono, by Robin Templeton
Also features a new Foreword, by Nancy Pickard
But that’s what happens when you run a private investigation firm with your rule-breaking, loose-cannon sister at your side.
While Anderson spends his time deducing and interviewing possible suspects, Carrie handles interrogations in her own unique—and personal—fashion. And it seems like everyone is a suspect. There are Jessica’s ex-boyfriend and current boyfriend, her incredibly creepy boss and the suspicious reverend at her church who definitely seems to be hiding something.
The closer Anderson and Carrie get to an answer, the more danger Jessica finds herself in. Her stalker’s notes become increasingly more threatening, trading the scary phone calls and text messages for terrifying photographs and notes at her gym, work, and home. To make things even more complicated, Jessica’s backstory begins to unravel, and the secrets of her past could potentially solve everything…if only she’d let Anderson and Carrie in.
With time ticking down, will the brother-sister investigative team be able to solve Jessica’s case before she tries something foolhardy, like facing up to the tenacious bastard on her own, armed only with a handgun and a prayer?
Praise for I KNOW WHERE YOU SLEEP:
“Sleep is one thing that readers won’t get much of when they pick up this stellar novel! Gripping from first page to last, Orloff’s I Know Where You Sleep virtually defines the psychological thriller. And Anderson and Carrie are two of the most compelling—and appealing—heroes in crime fiction to come along in years. You’ll love them just as much as you’ll be swept up by Orloff’s brilliant plot.” —Jeffery Deaver, author of The Bone Collector and The Never Game
“With clock-ticking yet compassionate prose, Alan Orloff portrays one of the horrors of all our modern lives: the stalker. I Know Where You Sleep is a private eye novel for these all-too-real modern days. Orloff’s P.I. protagonist Anderson West is a man of modern personal complications and classic professional simplicity: he wants to stop evil and crime where he can—and takes readers along for the entertaining, revealing ride.” —James Grady, New York Times bestselling author of Six Days of the Condor
“A winner! A twisty page-turning cat and mouse pursuit with a surprise around every corner. If you’re looking for a truly good guy—Anderson West is the perfect choice. This charming protagonist—a PI with heart and determination and a pure sense of justice—will captivate you. The talented Alan Orloff has created a unique and memorable character, and a terrific book.” —Hank Phillippi Ryan, bestselling and award-winning author of The Murder List
Featuring 25 stories of crime:
“A Boy Like Billy” by Patricia Abbott
“Border Crossing” by Michael McGlade
“Looking for the Death Trick” by Bracken MacLeod
“Maybelle’s Last Stand” by Travis Richardson
“Predators” by Marie S. Crosswell
“Twenty to Life” by Frank Byrns
“So Much Love” by Keith Rawson
“Running Late” by Tess Makovesky
“Last Supper” by Katanie Duarte
“Danny” by Michael Bracken
“The Plot” by Jedidiah Ayres
“What Alva Wants” by Timothy Friend
“Time Enough to Kill” by Kent Gowran
“Copas” by Hector Acosta
“Yellow Car Punch” by Nigel Bird
“Love at First Fight” by Angel Luis Colón
“Traps” by Owen Laukkanen
“Down the Rickety Stairs” by Alan Orloff
“Blackmailer’s Pep Talk” by Chris Rhatigan
“With a Little bit of Luck” by Bill Baber
“As Cute as a Speckled Pup Under a Red Wagon” by Tony Conaway
“Chipping off the Old Block” by Nick Kolakowski
“Young Turks and Old Wives” by Shane Simmons
“The Hangover Cure” by Seth Lynch
“Highway Six” by John L. Thompson
In vino mysterium is the theme for this anthology of short stories, each blending a baffling mystery and a glass (or more) of cabernet. When eighteen mystery writers combine their talents, the result is the perfect “flight” of stories that range from light-bodied puzzles to sparkling cozies to darker, heavier tales of deceit and murder. While cabernet is the featured wine, this anthology will appeal to connoisseurs of all varietals—in both wine preference and mystery style.