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About Michael Bracken
Although Michael Bracken is the author of several books—including the hardboiled private eye novel "All White Girls" and the young adult romance "Just in Time for Love"—he is best known as the author of more than 1,300 short stories. He has written in nearly every genre but has been most successful with women's fiction and hardboiled crime fiction, two genres that couldn't be more unalike.
Recipient of the 2016 Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer Award for lifetime achievement in short mystery fiction, Michael is also a two-time recipient of the Derringer Award for his short mystery fiction, with two additional nominations.
Michael is editor of several crime fiction anthologies, including the Anthony Award-nominated The Eyes of Texas: Private Eyes from the Panhandle to the Piney Woods and the three-volume Fedora series, and stories from his anthologies have received or been short-listed for the Anthony, Derringer, Edgar, Macavity, Shamus, and Thriller awards.
He has contributed articles to "The Writer" and other writing publications, contributed a chapter to the writing textbook "Many Genres, One Craft," is one of five authors featured in "Writing Erotica," and is extensively quoted in "The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists." He regularly speaks about writing, editing, and publishing to audiences across the U.S. and Mexico.
Additional information about Michael, including a selected bibliography and his speaking schedule, is available at: www.CrimeFictionWriter.com. He is one of a rotating group of crime fiction writers who blog at SleuthSayers.org.
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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.
In The Great Filling Station Holdup, editor Josh Pachter presents sixteen short crime stories by sixteen popular and up-and-coming crime writers, each story based on a song from one of the twenty-nine studio albums Jimmy has released over the last half century, from Leigh Lundin’s take on “Truckstop Salvation” (which appeared on Jimmy’s first LP, 1970’s Down to Earth) to M.E. Browning’s interpretation of “Einstein Was a Surfer” (from 2013’s Songs from St. Somewhere).
If you love Jimmy’s music or crime fiction or both, you’ll love The Great Filling Station Holdup. Mix yourself a boat drink, ask Alexa to put on a buffet of Buffett tunes, kick back, and enjoy!
Table of Contents
Introduction by Josh Pachter
Down to Earth (1970)
“Truckstop Salvation” by Leigh Lundin
A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean (1973)
“The Great Filling Station Holdup” by Josh Pachter
“A Pirate Looks at Forty” by Rick Ollerman
Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes (1977)
“Tampico Trauma” by Michael Bracken
Son of a Son of a Sailor (1978)
“Cheeseburger in Paradise” by Don Bruns
“Volcano” by Alison McMahan
Coconut Telegraph (1981)
“Incommunicado” by Bruce Robert Coffin
Somewhere Over China (1981)
“If I Could Just Get It On Paper” by Lissa Marie Redmond
One Particular Harbour (1983)
“We Are the People Our Parents Warned Us About” by Elaine Viets
Riddles in the Sand (1984)
“Who’s the Blonde Stranger?” by Robert J. Randisi
Last Mango in Paris (1985)
“Everybody’s on the Run” by Laura Oles
Hot Water (1988)
“Smart Woman (in a Real Short Skirt)” by Isabella Maldonado
Off to See the Lizard (1989)
“The Pascagoula Run” by Jeffery Hess
Don’t Stop the Carnival (1998)
“Public Relations” by Neil Plakcy
Beach House on the Moon (1999)
“Spending Money” by John M. Floyd
Songs From St. Somewhere (2013)
“Einstein Was a Surfer” by M.E. Browning
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
In the midst of this, private eyes tried to understand and bridge the generational divide while providing their clients with legal and extra-legal detecting services.
From old-school private eyes with their flat-tops, off-the-rack suits, and well-worn brogues to the new breed of private eyes with their shoulder-length hair, bell-bottoms, and hemp sandals, the shamuses in Groovy Gumshoes take readers on a rollicking romp through the Sixties.
With stories by Jack Bates, C.W. Blackwell, Michael Bracken, N.M. Cedeño, Hugh Lessig, Steve Liskow, Adam Meyer, Tom Milani, Neil S. Plakcy, Stephen D. Rogers, Mark Thielman, Grant Tracey, Mark Troy, Andrew Welsh-Huggins, and Robb White.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin have been widely flattered almost from the moment Rex Stout first wrote about them in 1934. The Misadventures of Nero Wolfe collects two dozen literary tributes to one of crime fiction’s best-loved private detectives and his Man Friday. Included are:
- A 1947 pastiche by award-winning crime writer Thomas Narcejac
- Rollicking new stories written especially for this collection by Michael Bracken and Robert Lopresti
- Stories by bestselling authors including Lawrence Block and Loren D. Estleman
- Chapters from Robert Goldsborough’s authorized continuation of the Wolfe series; Marion Mainwaring’s 1955 tour de force Murder in Pastiche; and John Lescroart’s Rasputin’s Revenge, which reimagines a young Wolfe as the son of Sherlock Holmes
Your New Favorite Book of Mysteries
If you are a fan of The Best American Mystery Stories series, you’ll love The Book of Extraordinary Historical Mystery Stories.
Some of the Best New Mysteries: The Book of Extraordinary Historical Mystery Stories features outstanding new stories of crime, dering do, fast-paced adventures and puzzles set in the past, ranging widely over the centuries and offering a cornucopia of mysteries, dark deeds, investigations and a fascinating array of investigators both professional and amateur.
Never-Before-Seen Stories from Your Favorite Mystery Authors: Collected by one of the genre's eminent editors, Maxim Jakubowski, whose many anthologies like The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Professor Moriarty have attracted attention and awards, The Book of Extraordinary Historical Mystery Stories features never before seen stories by some of the most renowned American and British crime and thriller authors of today, and includes Linda Stratmann, Amy Myers, Lavie Tidhar, Jane Finnis, O'Neil de Noux, Ashley Lister, Eric Brown, Kate Ellis, A.K. Benedict and many others.
Each episode of Guns & Tacos features the story of one Chicagoland resident who visits the taco truck seeking a solution to life’s problems, a solution that always comes in a to-go bag.
Episode 1: “Tacos de Cazuela con Smith & Wesson” by Gary Phillips.
Episode 2: “Three Brisket Tacos and a Sig Sauer” by Michael Bracken.
Episode 3: “A Gyro and a Glock” by Frank Zafiro.
Episodes 4-6 of Season One are featured in Guns + Tacos Vol. 2.
Some of the Latest and Best from the Whodunnit Genre
“...simply the best short mystery and crime fiction of the year and a real treat for crime-fiction fans.” ―Leonard Carpenter, author of the Conan the Barbarian books and Lusitania Lost
The Book of Extraordinary Impossible Crimes and Puzzling Deaths is the latest collection from legendary murder mystery editor and writer Maxim Jakubowski. Filled with impossible murders and puzzling plot twists that keep your eyes on the page and brain on the mysteries until the last page.
Clever fictional crime stories. Some of mystery fiction's most inventive talents from the USA and UK offer a series of brand-new ingenious murder stories that will have you scratching your brow until the very last minute and delighting in Machiavellian solutions. Enjoy the third volume in Mango's innovative collections of the best crime stories fiction has to offer.
Enigmas and puzzling plot twists. Crime mystery fiction can be full of impenetrable conundrums and endless question marks when the story itself becomes a reality-defying puzzle for the sleuth to solve. A murder has been committed but how could it have happened? Was the room locked from the inside? Why does the body show no sign of violence? Where is the murder weapon?
Fresh innovative murder stories. Maxim Jakubowski’s latest book features never before seen stories by some of the most renowned American and British crime and thriller authors of today, including British Science Fiction Award winner Eric Brown, Derringer Award winner O'Neil de Noux, and multiple CWA Dagger Award winners and nominees.
A fan of Maxim Jakubowski’s The Book of Extraordinary Historical Mystery Stories and The Book of Extraordinary Amateur Sleuth and Private Eye Stories? Reader of books such as Best American Mystery Stories 2018, Her Body and Other Parties, or The Big Book of Female Detectives? A movie goer who liked Clue or Knives Out? Jakubowski’s latest book is for you.
In this collection, twelve award-winning writers of short crime fiction tackle the Joel catalog, and the result—edited by Josh Pachter, whose The Beat of Black Wings: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Joni Mitchell earned rave reviews in 2020—is a journey down life’s mean streets with a soundtrack by one of the great singer-songwriters of our time, and contributors Michael Bracken, Jeff Cohen, David Dean, John M. Floyd, Barb Goffman, James D.F. Hannah, Richard Helms, Robert Lopresti, Jenny Milchman, Terrie Farley Moran, Richie Narvaez, and Pachter himself are donating a third of their royalties to support the work of the Joel Foundation.
In the Gospel According to Billy, only the good die young. Within these pages, though, Death is an equal-opportunity exterminator, and the stories you’ll find here don’t just hit the charts: they go all the way to Number One … with a bullet!
When former partners, unlicensed private investigator Big Dick Rickenbacher and Homicide Lieutenant Salvador Castellano, find their cases overlapping in this violent world of sexual depravity, old flames rekindle, old secrets finally surface, and old crimes demand retribution.
An erotically charged hardboiled noir mystery!
"ALL WHITE GIRLS is a one-sitting, in-your-face, rapid-fire, hard-boiled mystery: and it's damn good.... This is not a book to lend to your mother (at least not my mother). ALL WHITE GIRLS is full of sexual depravity. But oh is it fun!"--David Meerman Scott, I Love A Mystery Newsletter.
"...this is one of the best pieces of hard-boiled fiction I've read in a long time. It's lean, it's short, and it left me feeling like I'd been dumped in an alley behind one of strip clubs in the story. 'All White Girls' is a sorely needed reinvention of the tired serial killer tale."
--James Winter, Plots With Guns!
And, as with previous issues, Black Mask collects some of the best hard-boiled detective fiction from the Popular Publications vaults, as written by some of the genre’s best: Dashiell Hammett, D.L. Champion, Carroll John Daly, Frederick Nebel, T.T. Flynn, and Frederick C. Davis.
Get ready for high-octane, smoldering-hot adventures, featuring these “super alpha” heroes and the strong women who wage heated battles for their hearts. In “Besieged,” a special forces soldier rescues his lover from an embassy takeover. In “The Star,” an American Air Force pilot and a grieving British woman find solace in each other’s arms. A sexy SWAT team leader saves a rookie during a bungled undercover assignment in “Renegade.” And get ready for an undercover cop who flexes more than his “Big Guns.” Set in war-torn regions of the world and in your own neighborhoods, High Octane Heroes delivers passion, danger and heart.