11 short stories of killers, fixers and P.I.s ranging from dark humor to deadly suspense.
Vista with Player, by R.A. Allen: On a Christmas afternoon, an impudent golfer meets more than his match when he interrupts an armed man enjoying the view.
Chain of Command, by Mike Wiecek: Forensic accounting with a bullet. In this darkly humorous story, a corporate "fixer" roots out problems.
Call Out, by Adrian Magson: Former Royal Military policewoman Sally has a serious problem: her younger half-brother Terry. He's as bent as a dog's hind leg and just as dim, and is soon in deep water. When his vengeful business associates come calling, it's Sally who has to step up to the plate.
Henderson's Place: The Girl with the Summer Eyes, by Mort Castle: A man losing touch with reality on a crash course with a teenage girl trying to escape her own reality.
Fit to Die, by Thomas Millstead: A diminutive P.I. tackling his first homicide case goes up against three body builders to ferret out which one is a killer.
The Art of War, by Miles Archer: When a South San Francisco waste hauler comes under pressure from a crime boss looking to expand, the owner turns to P.I. Doug McCool for help. McCool cannot hope to out-muscle the wise guys, but with the help of "The Art of War," by Sun-Tzu, he may be able to out-think them.
Detour, by Libby Fischer Hellmann: A hit woman is uncomfortable enough about her dad's old employer checking to see if she's gone into the family business, but now it seems someone's taken out a contract on her.
Father Figure, by Simon Wood: A two-bit con man gets the break of a lifetime when he discovers that his father is a software mogul. With a bit of truth as bait, he begins to spin his web while trying to stay one step ahead of the mogul's chief of security.
Kill Leader, by Mark Troy: Kill Leader, by Mark Troy: Paula Evangelista. "Vengelista" has led the pro volleyball league in kills, but now it seems someone is threatening to put an end to her streak and maybe her life, and private eye Val Lyon has her hands full trying to protect her.
Sioux City Express, by Laird Long: P.I. Charles Sydney is on the bloody, body-strewn trail of a stolen cache of stamps, with only the phantom Sioux City Express to guide him along his way.
And Miles to Go, by J.R. Chabot: A man's solitary trip over the mountains to complete a job, runs into a bump along the road in the form of a couple punks harassing the owner of a small diner.
Simon Wood is a California transplant from England. He's the Anthony Award winning author of eight novels, including his latest thrillers, THE FALL GUY and DID NOT FINISH. He also writes horror under the pen name of Simon Janus.
Libby Fischer Hellmann is a transplant from Washington, D.C., to the Chicago area. She has published seven novels, and has two series. Her most recent, SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE, is a standalone thriller.
British author Adrian Magson has published more than 400 stories and features, and has written for BBC. His latest novels, are DEATH ON RIVE NORD, second book in the French Inspector Lucas Rocco series, and TRACERS, the second thriller in the Harry Tate espionage series.
J.R. Chabot was born on the west coast, grew up in the middle, and now lives in the east. John's mystery novels include, CHASING CHARLIE, OUR FATHERS and NOW MOURN THE SPACE CADET, set on one of the (fictional) barrier islands, and QUITE CONTRARY, a collection of short stories.
R.A. Allen’s fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous literary reviews and publications. One of his stories was selected for Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Mystery Stories 2010, edited by Lee Child. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee.
Mike Wiecek's stories have won a number of awards, including a Shamus from Private Eye Writers of America. His book, EXIT STRATEGY, was shortlisted for the International Thriller Writers’ Thriller Award.
Thomas Millstead has published many short stories and three novels: BEHIND YOU (mystery), COMANCHE STALLION (western), and CAVE OF THE MOVING SHADOWS (children)--the literature selection in a nationwide reading competition.
Miles Archer is the pen name of a Pacific Northwest writer with numerous published stories, and several novels in The Adventures of Doug McCool series.
Mort Castle published his first novel in 1967 and since then has had over 500 publications. He says he's not prolific, “just old.” His work has received many honors, including the Bram Stoker from the Horror Writers Association.
Mark Troy is the author of the Val Lyon private eye series. PILIKIA IS MY BUSINESS, was nominated for a Shamus Award by the Private Eye Writers of America for Best First P.I. Novel.
Canadian Author, Laird Long, pounds out fiction in genres and has been published in numerous anthologies and publications.