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
These stories are as varied as they are excellent — there are light-hearted tales to make you smile, literary pieces that challenge the definition of crime writing, and realistic portraits of difficult and disturbing decisions. Whatever your tastes, I’m sure you’ll find something to enjoy here and maybe something to surprise you.
The stories in this fifth collection from Plan B Magazine occur at the intersection of the familiar and the strange, the rise of the unexpected and the twist in the road. Let’s take a journey to the unknown.
Table of Contents:
"Honeymoon Sweet" by Craig Faustus Buck
"Broad Daylight" by Eve Fisher
"This Land of the Strange" by Math Bird
"Please Wait" by Robert Dawson
"Fill In The Blanks" by Stephen D. Rogers
"The Double Iron Cross" by William E. Wallace
"Red Bait" by Edd Vick & Manny Frishberg
"Broken Hearts" by Laird Long
"Intimate Knowledge" by Suzanne Baginskie
"The Asshat Fund" by Todd Morr
"Mysterious Private Investigations" by Peter DiChellis
"Coffee and Killings" by Simon Maltman
"The Good Neighbor" by Lawrence Buentello
A body in a rundown Opera House.
A missing manuscript
A dark family secret.
Still suffering nightmares from a case that ended tragically, brilliant freelance crime consultant Scott Drayco considers retiring from crime solving altogether. When a former client bequeaths Drayco a rundown Opera House in a Virginia seaside town, he figures he'll arrange for a quick sale of the place while nursing his battered soul in a peaceful setting near the shore.
What he doesn't count on is finding a dead body on the Opera House stage with a mysterious "G" carved into the man's chest. With hopes for a quick sale dashed and himself a suspect in the murder, Drayco digs into very old and very dangerous secrets to solve the crime and clear his name. Along the way, Drayco must dodge a wary sheriff, hostility over coastal development, and the seductive wife of a town councilman - before the tensions explode into more violence and he becomes the next victim.
EDITORIAL REVIEWS:"Lawson uses the gothic features of the abandoned Opera House to great effect, creating an atmospheric background for the crimes and the solving of them, all of it accompanied with music that's almost like another character. The pace never sagged and it kept me enthralled." - Long and Short Reviews
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