Short walk #14


C’mon. Let’s take a walk. A short walk down a dark street.

This week’s links to what’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.

Short sample:

Safe from eavesdroppers in the clatter of a Sutter Street lunchroom, the detective-sergeant leaned over his clam chowder and told me what he knew about the murder, which wasn’t much. From “Death on Pine Street” by Dashiell Hammett (In Nightmare Town: Stories by Dashiell Hammett, eds. McCauley, Greenberg, Gorman. Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, collected in 2000).

Point of view:

Editor Otto Penzler makes a case for short detective stories.

Vince Keenan’s review applauds The Night and the Music: Matt Scudder Stories, by Lawrence Block (collected in 2011).

New releases, old releases:

The Big Book of Female Detectives, ed. Otto Penzler (scheduled release October 2018, available for pre-order).

Amos Walker: The Complete Story Collection by Loren D. Estleman (collected in 2011).

Writing desk:

Author Lee Martin on the art of sculpting a story’s sagging middle. (For EQMM editor Janet Hutchings’ view on story endings, see Short walk #3 in the June archives).

Free zine:

“Smoke is My Shadow” by Lee Blevins (at Crimson Streets).

Check my shorts, please:

My private eye story “With Cunning Wickedness” was reprinted, free to read, at Trigger Warning: Short Fiction With Pictures (originally appeared in The Shamus Sampler II).

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis