Before the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the 9-11 attacks, New York City was the epicenter of other violent acts. In 1920, Wall Street was targeted by a bomb that killed 39 and injured hundreds; in 1940, a bomb killed two NYPD officers at the World's Fair in Queens; in that same year, George "Mad Bomber" Metesky embarked on a 16-year reign of terror that kept New Yorkers on edge until Metesky was finally caught; and in 1975, the bombing of Fraunces Tavern in lower Manhattan killed four and injured 63, an act later discovered to be the handiwork of a Puerto Rican nationalist group.
Fans of true crime and photojournalism, as well as urban historians, crime buffs, and even crime fiction authors will appreciate a reference book hot off the presses from Hachette that tells those tales and more. Robert Mladinich, an investigative journalist and retired NYPD detective who was named Cop of the Year in the South Bronx in 1985, Bernard J. Whalen, a long-serving lieutenant in the NYPD, and crime reporter Philip Messing have teamed up to cull through over 175 years of true crimes in the NYPD's police blotter. The result is Undisclosed Files of the Police: Cases from the Archives of the NYPD from 1831 to the Present, which looks through some of the most horrific and shocking moments in crime but also turns a lens on the evolution of one of the oldest and largest police departments in the U.S.
From atrocities that occurred before the establishment of New York's police force in 1845 through the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 2001 to the present day, this visual history is an insider's look at more than 80 real-life crimes that shocked the nation: arson, gangland murders, robberies, serial killers, bombings, and kidnappings. Some of the highlighted cases include:
Architect Stanford White's fatal shooting at Madison Square Garden over his deflowering of a teenage chorus girl.
The anarchist bombing of Wall Street in 1920, which killed 39 people and injured hundreds more with flying shrapnel.
The 1928 hit at the Park Sheraton Hotel on mobster Arnold Rothstein, who died refusing to name his shooter.
Kitty Genovese's 1964 senseless stabbing, famously witnessed by dozen of bystanders who did not intervene.
Son of Sam, a serial killer who eluded police for months while terrorizing the city, was finally apprehended through a simple parking ticket.
The Great Taxicab Robbery of 1912 that was solved with the help of Isabella Goodwin, who became the country's first female detective.
The 320-page chronological tour in coffee table format prevents each case in a succinct but nonetheless riveting manner that offers a step-by-step overview of the events, from the discovery of the crime to how the police went about trying to solve them (and sometimes not succeeding). The narrative offers up a personal take on the otherwise horrific material by letting readers know what happened to the accused after the trial and later in life.
The project is well-timed to take advantage of the recent true-crime trend in popular culture, particularly with television documentaries such as those on Investigation Discovery and the award-winning Serial and Making of a Murderer series. In addition to essays and behind-the-scenes analyses of investigations, there are more than 500 photographs rarely seen outside the archives along with mugshots, courtroom sketches, newspaper clippings, and even paintings from the earliest cases that predated modern documentary techniques.
There are several fun, new anthologies that have come to my attention lately I thought I might pass along. The first two will delight fans of Sherlockiana, with new short fiction by a variety of today's best authors from crime fiction, suspense, sci-fi, and fantasy, while the third is sure to brighten your day.
Echoes of Sherlock Holmes: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon, has a release date of October 4, which is just around the corner. Edited by Laurie R. King, it starts with one premise, "What happens when great writers/creators who are not known as Sherlock Holmes devotees admit to being inspired by Conan Doyle stories?" It features 17 new stories including Tony Lee and Bevis Musson's "Mrs. Hudson Investigates," a post-Reichenbach mystery in comic book format; John Connolly opts for satire in "Holmes on the Range," set in the Caxton Private Lending Library and Book Depository, a home for fictional characters who have "assumed an objective reality" (including Holmes and Watson); William Kent Krueger contributed "The Painted Smile," which centers on a therapist who treats a child determined to have his identification with Holmes taken seriously. Plus, there are other fine contributions from David Morrell, Anne Perry, Hallie Ephron, and Gary Phillips.
The other Sherlock-themed offering is titled Associates of Sherlock Holmes and is edited by George Mann. In this anthology, famous associates of the Holmes – clients, colleagues, and of course, villains – tell their own stories of the Great Detective. Follow Inspector Lestrade as he and Sherlock Holmes pursue a killer to rival Jack the Ripper; sit with Mycroft Holmes as he solves a case from the comfort of the Diogenes Club; take a drink with Irene Adler and Dr. Watson in a Parisian café; and join Colonel Sebastian Moran on the hunt for a supposedly mythical creature. Author Lyndsay Faye, a well-known Sherlockiana adherent, starts off the proceedings with Police Inspector Stanley Hopkins, who appeared in Doyle's "The Adventure of Black Peter" in a brand new tale as he works with Holmes and Watson to investigate body parts dredged from the Thames in "River of Silence."
The other story treasure trove comes in the form of Sunshine Noir, edited by Annamaria Alfieri and Michael Stanley, and features seventeen writers from around the globe telling of dark doings in sunny places. Hot spots include the Dominican Republic, the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, chic Mykonos, Seville at midnight, and on the morning beachfront of Ghana where a man has revenge on his mind. Follow an NGO worker kidnapped in Yemen, an engineer repairing a dam in turmoil-torn Ethiopia, a foolish young Englishman hitchhiking across the Sahara. You will visit historic Istanbul and Mombasa and learn the secrets of family conflicts in Singapore, in Puerto Rico, in New Orleans. Tim Hallinan provides a Foreword for the American edition, with Peter James doing the honors in the British version, and Peter Rozovsky penning the book's introduction.
Bouchercon 2016 starts just three weeks from now, and this year’s anthology — BLOOD ON THE BAYOU — is a stellar collection of stories set in and around New Orleans, the host city for this year’s convention.
Bestselling novelists David Morrell, Alison Gaylin and Elaine Viets headline a new anthology of 22 tales exploring the unique aura of mystery of New Orleans and the surrounding bayou country.
BLOOD ON THE BAYOU is published in conjunction with Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, which is being held in New Orleans in 2016. As with the convention itself, the anthology spreads a broad canopy across a wide variety of crime writers from across the country and around the world — including both veteran writers and the brightest up-and-coming talents in the field. These stories range from the light-hearted and fun to the darker side of crime, just as New Orleans and the bayou country can show both to the unsuspecting.
All participants contributed their efforts to support our charity — the New Orleans Public Libraries — and by extension readers and writers everywhere. ALL PROFITS GO TO THE LIBRARY.
Edited by Greg Herren with an Introduction by Heather Graham. Stories by Kaye Wilkinson Barley, Eric Beetner, G. J. Brown, Sheila Connolly, O’Neil De Noux, Barbara Ferrer, John Floyd, Alison Gaylin, Greg Herren, BV Lawson, R. T. Lawton, Deborah Lacy, Edith Maxwell, Liz Milliron, Terrie Moran, David Morrell, Dino Parenti, Mike Penn, Gary Phillips, Thomas Pluck, Paula Pumphrey, and Elaine Viets.
First, some happy and yet sad news: the latest editions of Thuglit have just hit the market in both digital and print editions, but they are also the last. The issue, titled "Last Writes," has twelve new crime stories "to blow your faces off like a mistimed quarter-stick of dynamite."
The Spring 2016 issue of the Film Noir Foundation's quarterlyNoir Citymagazine is out, with an article detailing the true story of the U.S intelligence community’s role in the birth of Italian neo-realism; a look at Rudolph Maté and his singular directorial achievement D.O.A.; Imogen Sara Smith considers Douglas Sirk’s dark side; Steve Kronenberg salutes the silken menace of George Macready; Brian Light revisits Peeping Tom, still disturbing after all these years; and Kelly Vance sizes up the latest from Arturo Ripstein, the noir Bleak Street. (HT to Vince Keenan.)
In the summer issue of Mystery Scene magazine, Craig Sisterson chats with James Runcie whose Grantchester mystery series, featuring Anglican priest Sidney Chambers, has been made into a hit PBS TV series; Kevin Burton Smith takes a look at well-known writers from other genres who have dabbled their toes in PI fiction's waters-including the creator of a world-famous young wizard; Kate Jackson examines "The Wimsey Papers," a series of mock letters and diary extracts written by Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey and his family and friends during WWII; Oline H. Cogdill chats with NCIS actor David McCallum, who has has taken up writing late in life at the age of 82; plus much more.
The July issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine continues the publication's 75th anniversary year with a look at its ongoing Department of First Stories feature that has helped launch the writing careers of several authors who are well-known today. To celebrate, there are new stories from nine of these popular authors.
EQMM's sister publication, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, also has treats in store in its July/August issue, including stories from two authors appearing in print for the first time: Jason Half with "The Widow Cleans House," and Mark Thielman with his Black Orchid Novella Award-winning "A Meter of Murder."
The latest Flash Bang Mysteries features the short story "The Phone Call" by Herschel Cozine along with new short fiction from Jim Wilsky, Nancy Sweetland, Cynthia St. Pierre, Stephen D. Rogers, and Edward W.L. Smith.
I was thrilled to learn one of my short stories was chosen for the upcoming Bouchercon Anthology. Here's the official press release for the book:
Bouchercon will be invading New Orleans for its annual world mystery convention this September where every year readers, writers, publishers, editors, agents, booksellers and other lovers of crime fiction gather for a weekend of education, entertainment, and fun! It is the world's premiere event bringing together all parts of the mystery and crime fiction community.
In conjunction with this year's event, Down & Out Books will be publishing BLOOD ON THE BAYOU: Bouchercon Anthology 2016 edited by Greg Herren.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to edit this outstanding collection of stories," said Herren, an award-winning author of mystery and suspense novels. "It demonstrates the deep appreciation each of the contributing authors has to their craft."
"This is the third year that we have had the privilege of publishing Bouchercon's official anthology," added Eric Campbell, publisher of Down & Out Books, "and I share in Greg's enthusiasm for these stories."
Nearly 100 authors blindly submitted a story for consideration by three industry professionals, who had the incredibly difficult task of narrowing the list down to just 22 stories. Kaye Wilkinson Barley, Eric Beetner, G. J. Brown, Sheila Connolly, O'Neil De Noux, Barbara Ferrer, John Floyd, Alison Gaylin, Greg Herren, BV Lawson, R. T. Lawton, Deborah Lacy, Edith Maxwell, Liz Milliron, Terrie Moran, David Morrell, Dino Parenti, Mike Penn, Gary Phillips, Thomas Pluck, Paula Pumphrey and Elaine Viets were chosen to have their stories included in the anthology. New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham will write the introduction.
Each of the selected authors contributed their stories to the anthology and the Bouchercon Committee and Down & Out Books have agreed that all proceeds from the sale of BLOOD ON THE BAYOU will go to support the New Orleans Public Library system and by extension readers and writers everywhere.
Founded in 2011, Down & Out Books (DownAndOutBooks.com) is an independent publisher of crime fiction based in Tampa, Florida.
The brand new edition of Mystery Scene Magazine features a cover story on author Gregg Hurwitz; a profile of the influential and widely read Margaret Millar, an author who broke ground for such later writers as Ruth Rendell and P.D. James; Kevin Burton Smith's look at Jessica Jones, a "complex, conflicted TV hero for our troubled times"; Jon L. Breen investigates current legal thrillers that explore the limits of law and order; plus more articles, reviews, and the zine's critical favorites for 2015.
Thuglit Issue #22 is out and ready to "knock your literary teeth out the back of your head with eight brand new tales of misdemeanors, misdeeds, misanthropy and misbehavior." Authors with stories in the latest edition include Tom Barlow, Rob Hart, Matthew J. Hockey, Robert Hart, Joshua D. Moyes, Jon Zelazny, Willian Dylan Powell, and Nolan Knight.
Suspense Magazine's latest issue includes a new feature, "Craft Corner," in partnership with the ITW and The Big Thrill Newsletter, with Vincent Zandri and Darynda Jones kicking off things. Authors featured in this edition include Peter Straub (a Suspense Magazine first), D.P. Lyle, Tilly Bagshawe, and Bev Vincent, plus there over 20 pages of book reviews, short stories, and other articles.
The new Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine podcast this month features “The Adventure of the Seven Black Cats” by Ellery Queen, reprinted in EQMM’s January 2016 issue, and originally published in the 1934 short-story collection The Adventures of Ellery Queen. This ingenious whodunit by one of the bestselling mystery writers of all time is read by Mark Lagasse.
The February issue of Yellow Mama includes the new stories "A New Cassavetes," in which Malcolm Graham Cooper’s young filmmaker finds his own "Mrs. Robinson"; "Blacksburg Park" by J.J. Sinisi, where a teen girl hides a gun for her bestie’s gangsta brother; Mark Jones’s "Tin Cry," featuring a thief who forfeits his cut for love ... stupidly; and Oliver Lodge’s "Prowler," a testament to obsessive creeps everywhere.
The third issue of Crime Scene features the BBC’s Peaky Blinders on the cover, a TV series starring Cillian Murphy as an Irish gangster in post-WWI Birmingham. Inside, there's more TV coverage, including a brief look at Rowan Atkinson as Maigret, which is coming to ITV soon, and as article about the Welsh crime drama Hinterland. There are also interviews with Harlan Coben and Mark Billingham; Barry Forshaw talks about his upcoming book, Brit Noir; and Orion Publishing’s Sam Eades looks at the anatomy of a bestseller.
Sometimes, crime occurs with the sound of a drip of poison, or the whispering whistle of a knife moving through the air. And, sometimes, it happens with a “flash and bang.” Flash and Bang is the title of a new anthology of short crime fiction from The Short Mystery Fiction Society, founded in 1996 by Murderous Intent Mystery Magazine editor Margo Power. Members went on to found Mysterical-e online magazine as well as to win many awards in the genre. Starting off the rhyming flash piece,"The Perfect Crime," by Herschel Corzine and wending its way through 18 other stories, Flash and Bang has a little something for everyone. I'm proud to say that my own Scott Drayco short, "Silent Measures," is among the stories chosen for this anthology. (Publisher Untreed Reads has also previously published another Scott Drayco story, "Ill-Gotten Games.")
And speaking of Scott Drayco, the crime consultant is back in novel-length form with the release today of Dies Irae, the third installment in the series. The debut book, Played to Death, was a Shamus Award finalist and named Best Mystery in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. The short blurb: A mysterious and deadly music puzzle forces Drayco to work with his estranged FBI partner to catch a madman ... before the partner's daughter becomes the next victim. It's a fitting Halloween mystery read, and I hope you'll consider picking up the ebook or trade paperback (hardcover coming soon!).
The summer issue ofProse 'n Cons is out with a profile of true crime writer and novelist Carla Norton, who wrote a NYT bestseller on the Cameron Hooker kidnapping and bondage case titled Perfect Victim. After writing about real-life victimization took its toll, Hooker decided to switch to novels, penning two books that allow a kidnapping victim to reclaim her life on her own terms.
The issue also has a look at the upcoming PulpFest; a profile of Ray Celestin's new novel The Axeman; the best day trips and destinations for true-crime lovers; an examination of the new technique of brain fingerprinting that could help police read the minds of criminals; the lure of murder mystery parties; new short fiction from Jake Teeny and Salena Casha; and much more. You can also catch the latest News Headlines from yours truly.
I'm going to be writing a News column for the quarterly Prose 'n Cons magazine, so now's your chance to send along any news that would interest the wider community of crime fiction fans and readers. If you know of newsworthy crime-themed TV shows or movies, new/special releases or reissues, author appearances, fan conferences, special events — feel free to send them along to firstname.lastname@example.org. I won't be able to include everything in a 750-word column, but I'll do my best to include items that will appeal to mystery fans in the U.S. Canada, and around the globe.
FYI, hop on over to check out the latest highlights from the magazine, and you can enter the monthly contest to win a free digital subscription!
Plan B Magazine debuted in 2013, the brainchild of Darusha Wehm, as a way to showcase short crime fiction. She envisioned it as a free-to-readers publication they can read and/or listen to online and also in portable, affordable DRM-free ebooks. Wehm also was determined to pay authors (which is getting rarer in the world of fiction and nonfiction publications), with hopes of attracting top notch authors and original stories. In its short history, Plan B has published a story by Mike Miner, “The Little Outlaw,” that was shortlisted for a Derringer Award, and several other Plan B authors are Derringer winners, including Patti Abbott, Nick Andreychuk, Stephen D. Rogers and yours truly.
To help keep this publication going for a third year, Wehm organized an Indigogo campaign to raise funds for the project. You can help support Plan B in levels as low as $1 (less than a cup of coffee these days), going on up to $100 to sponsor a story or be immortalized in a story by Nick Andreychuk. If you pledge in the $75 category, you can get a story critique from Wehm or Aislinn Batstone. I rather like the $40 category, where you can fill your e-reader with books from Plan B authors (including my own novel Played to Death and story collection, False Shadows).
In the past several years, we have seen the demise of crime zines including Crime and Suspense, Future Mysterious Anthology Magazine, Great Mystery and Suspense, Hardluck Stories, Midnight Screaming, Mouth Full of Bullets, Murdaland, Necrotic Tissue, Nefarious, Nossa Morte, Pear Noir, Powder Burn Flash, Pulp Modern, Pulp Pusher,Shred of Evidence, and Sniplits, among others. If you enjoy short crime fiction and mysteries, want to see them continue, and want to help out a fledgling publication, head on over to the Plan B Indiegogo page and make a contribution.
You can also check out some of the "How I Came to Write This Story" blog posts featuring Plan B fiction that Patti Abbott has been featuring over at her blog. As PEN winner George Saunders notes, “When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you.”