Short walk #17


Need a quick buzz? Take a short walk down a dark street.

Another week, another round of links to what’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.

Short sample:

The first time I ever saw Larry Batzel he was drunk outside Sardi’s in a second-hand Rolls-Royce. From “The Curtain” by Raymond Chandler (in Raymond Chandler: Collected Stories, Everyman’s Library, collected in 2002).

Point of view:

348 crime readers give the star treatment to Fire in the Hole: Stories by Elmore Leonard.

Cross Examining Crime examines The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories by Agatha Christie.

New releases, old releases:

Literary Noir (3 Book Series) by Cornell Woolrich (collected in 2018).

The Archer Files: The Complete Short Stories of Lew Archer, Private Investigator by Ross Macdonald (collected 2015), Including Newly Discovered Case Notes (collected in 2007), ed. Tom Nolan.

Short news flash from Bouchercon:

Anthony Award for Best Anthology: The Obama Inheritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir, ed. Gary Phillips.

Anthony Award for Best Short Story: “My Side of the Matter” by Hilary Davidson (In Killing Malmon, eds. Malmon and Malmon).

Shamus Award for Best P.I. Short Story: “Rosalie Marx is Missing,” by Robert S. Levinson (in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, ed. Janet Hutchings).

Macavity Award for Best Mystery Short Story: “Windward,” by Paul D. Marks (in Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea, eds.Marks and McAleer).

Writing desk:

Writing Mysteries, ed. Sue Grafton, with essays by Lawrence Block, Jan Burke, Michael Connelly, Tess Gerritsen, Jeremiah Healy, Sara Paretsky, and others (second edition, 2002).

Free zine:

Three freebies from The Big Click (no longer publishing new stories):

Caimano-Man” By Marc E. Fitch

The Fifth Witness” By Tony Mason

Fat Burglar Blues” By Tom Piccirilli

Check my shorts, please:

My supernatural voodoo mystery “Most Evil” appeared in the anthology Busted! Arresting Stories from the Beat.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis