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Desperation is the same in any language. Madness respects no borders. Greed and revenge transcend cultural differences. 

In this third collection of stories from Plan B Magazine, we find tales from all the corners of the crime world. From Cold War espionage to small town stick-ups, high-powered diplomacy to the opportunism of poverty, these are stories of the darkness of the human heart. And once in a while, how the light of our common humanity can transcend that darkness.

Table of Contents:

"Sirens" by Gary Cahill

"House Cleaning" by Ian Creasey

"Murderous Lies" by Peter DiChellis

"Doing God's Work" by Wayne Scheer

"Um Peixe Grande" by Patti Abbott

"Loveable Alan Atcliffe" by S.R. Mastrantone

"Slice" by Tom Barlow

"How Green Was My Valet" by John H. Dromey

"The Least Of These" by BV Lawson

"Miscellany" by Eryk Pruitt

"Stars & Stripes" by Jed Power

"Alten Kameraden" by Ed Ahern

"The Farm" by Kevin R. Doyle

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in potentia press
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Mar 11, 2014
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Collections & Anthologies
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From Derringer Award winner BV Lawson come five tales featuring Scott Drayco, a man who had everything going for him: handsome, brilliant, and a talented classical pianist in the prime of his youth. After violence scarred him physically and emotionally, he turned to an FBI career before becoming a crime consultant, taking on cases other people often don't want to touch. 

In HEAR NO EVIL, first published in Poison + Murder = Satisfaction, pianist Adina Dyson asks to meet Scott Drayco at a recital hall in the middle of a snowstorm, but the last thing he expects is for Adina to turn up dead.

In TER-LUCK-EN, when noted defense attorney Benny Baskin finds himself in jail on Thanksgiving Eve, Drayco has to try to save his bacon.

In THE LEAST OF THESE, first published in Plan B: Volume III, Drayco goes undercover at a French Embassy soiree in hopes of bringing closure to a motherless girl.

In WITH SWEET LAVENDER, first published in Over My Dead Body, Drayco discovers that love is not always a many-splendored thing.

In FM IS FOR MURDER, first published in Poison + Murder = Satisfaction (and honored by an American Independent Writers award), the shock-jock host of a morning radio program turns up murdered—but maybe the question is who *didn’t* want him dead?


"Now this story was close to brilliance...The plot was fast, dark and thrilling." -

"All in all, an excellent read for lovers of quality mystery fiction." - Jacqueline Seewald, author of The Inferno Collection

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