“Some [of the stories] are hilarious; many are sad; all are the kind of stuff that makes Miss Marple look like a Girl Scout.”—Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune
An original anthology.
A collection of twenty-seven original “geezer noir” stories by some of today’s top crime writers, including John Harvey, Laura Lippman, Ken Bruen, Colin Cotterill, and more.
Bill Crider’s “Cranked” was nominated for the Edgar and Anthony awards and won the Derringer Award. Megan Abbott’s “Policy” was nominated for the Anthony Award and became the basis for her novel Queenpin, which won the 2008 Edgar Award.
|Publisher:||Busted Flush Press, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
A former editor of Philadelphia City Paper, Duane Swierczynski now writes full-time. He is the author of Severance Package, The Wheelman, and The Blonde (all with St. Martin's Minotaur), Secret Dead Men (Point Blank), Batman: Murder at Wayne Manor (Quirk), among others. He also writes for the Marvel comic lines The Punisher, Cable, and The Immortal Iron Fist.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Fun, fun, fun. Great concept, great characters, great stories. Although it's hard to pick a favorite, Robert Ward's "The Deadsters" is durn near perfect.
And if you don¿t believe that, then read this fabulous book and have a lesson or two in aging gracefully. When you¿re younger, you don¿t think much about what it means to grow old. And then suddenly, one day, you wake up and realize you¿re now in that age category that automatically brands you as OLD. Like hell. I¿m way more alive and with it now than I was 50 years ago! But you don¿t have to take my word for it. Not when these 27 very gifted writers are just waiting to tell you all about it. Of course, as is the way with anthologies, some of these stories are more equal than others. My very favorite is Bill Crider¿s `Cranked¿. Read it and you¿ll not wonder why it was nominated for several very prestigious awards and has so far brought home one of them. It¿s truly marvelous. But then, so is Stuart MacBride¿s `Daphne McAndrews and the Smack-Head Junkies¿. Never heard of `cozy noir?¿ It¿s entirely too much, and besides, there¿s even a recipe included! Honest. Laura Lippman¿s `Femme Fatale¿ is my kind of woman, or maybe the one I wish I could be, if I had her kind of guts. Another classy dame lives in `Policy¿ by Megan Abbott. Or consider Charlie Stella¿s `Geezer Tricks¿, or `The Deadsters¿ by Robert Ward. Trust me, you have to live a reasonably long time to be as smart as these oldsters are! 'I mean the characters, not necessarily the authors!' There¿s deception and loyalty, coupled with love and revenge. There¿s patience and impetuosity, sometimes both in the same story. But the major ingredient throughout is creativity, amply displayed in these 27 stories. Bravo to the editor, Duane Swierczynski, and Busted Flush Press. More, more! Please, sirs, more!