Josh Pachter has been appearing in EQMM for nearly fifty years, as a solo writer, a fiction collaborator, and a translator. Dutch author René Appel has twice had stories in our Passport to Crime department. Following their collaboration on this new story, they’ll be coediting Akashic Books’ Amsterdam Noir, which includes their second story collaboration, "Starry Starry Night."
S. J. Rozan is a winner of the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, and Macavity awards for best novel and the Edgar for best short story. She’s also a recipient of the Japanese Maltese Falcon Award and recently received the PWA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She teaches creative writing too, and will be at the Himalayan Writers Workshop in Kathmandu this fall.
Jack Fredrickson got his start in EQMM’s Department of First Stories in 2002, and has gone on to write six highly regarded novels in a series starring P.I. Dek Elstrom. Booklist said of the most recent book, Hidden Graves, “The writing here is splendid, echoing genre veteran Loren D. Estleman . . .” and Publishers Weekly called it “a satisfying hardboiled crime novel.”
One of the greatest mystery writers of all time, Christianna Brand (1907-1988) first appeared in EQMM in the late 50s. Two of her EQMM stories were nominated for the Edgar and she continued to write for us through the mid 80s. Recently, mystery aficionado John Pugmire brought to our attention this Brand story never before published in the U.S.
Ever since her debut in our pages seventeen years ago, with the first short story in her Claudia Seferius series, Marilyn Todd has been a frequent contributor to EQMM. Two of her stories have won Readers Award scrolls, and another was nominated for a Shamus. A number of the stories have been collected; fans won’t want to miss 2016’s Swords, Sandals and Sirens.
Peter Hochstein’s first story for EQMM, January/February 2017’s “The Client, the Cat, the Wife, and the Autopsy,” was recently recorded for our podcast series, accessible through themysteryplace.com. The hilarious, outlandish tale was the second outing for P.I. Rich Hovanec, who appears again here, in an equally offbeat case.
Writing of Con Lehane’s Brian McNulty mystery novels in the New York Times, Marilyn Stasio said: “Lehane has an honest feel for the working-class life of New York. And he’s clear-eyed about those crimes of the heart that have nothing to do with class.” One can imagine those words written of this new Lehane story, the author’s first for EQMM. His latest novel: Murder at the 42nd Street Library.
Like many writers, Laura Pigott works by day in the field of communications. She has a graduate degree in English from the University of Michigan and is employed by UnitedHealth Group, where she has won the Golden Pen award for best writer two years running. This is her first fiction sale—and it’s a story that touches on crime in an original way.
Michael Wiley is the author of the Joe Kozmarski private eye series and the Daniel Turner thriller novels. His latest Turner novel, Black Hammock (2016), was published to rave reviews, with Fort Meyers Florida Weekly calling it “a dazzlingly lurid tour de force of action writing” and Booklist saying “No one will stop reading, so hypnotic is Wiley’s writing.”
The author of eighteen novels, Richard Helms is also a prolific, award-winning short story writer. He’s won Derringers from the Short Mystery Fiction Society in two categories and took home the 2011 International Thriller Award for best short story for his EQMM thriller “The Gods for Vengeance Cry.” His latest novel (Judd Wheeler series) is Older Than Goodbye.
The first-place finisher for the 2016 EQMM Readers Award for “Ghosts of Bunker Hill,” Paul D. Marks brings us a second story featuring the protagonist of his winning tale, P.I. Howard Hamm. The L.A. author had already distinguished himself in the P.I. field with a Shamus Award for his novel White Heat before creating this series at short-story length.
TV and screenwriter Iris Leister learned her craft at UCLA and her films have been shown at many international film festivals. She is also a celebrated short-story writer whose honors include winning the AstroArt Literature Contest, the Ralf Bender Crime Prize, and, for the German-language publication of this story, the Glauser Prize.
In November of 2015 Philip Lowery got his start as a fiction writer in EQMM’s Department of First Stories, with the twisty thriller “Ninth Caller.” He’s back this issue with the suspenseful tale of a man ensnared by his own treachery. A civil engineer who came to the U.S. from Britain more than twenty years ago, the author makes his home in the Philadelphia area.
Author of some fifty novels, most in five popular series, others under various pseudonyms, Amy Myers is also a prolific short-story writer. Parson Pennywick, of this story, has become a series character too, although all of his cases to date have been at short-story length. We have more Myers stories coming up soon, including one featuring the star of her very first novel, Auguste Didier.
Pseudonymous new writer Robert Rivers earned an MFA from a writing program at Pine Manor College founded by best-selling crime writer Dennis Lehane. While pursuing his dream of writing, the Boston-area resident worked in the medical field for a number of years. His first published fiction reflects his love for and knowledge of crime fiction.
An Edgar Allan Poe Award winner for his March/April 2011 EQMM story “The Man Who Took His Hat Off to the Driver of the Train,” Peter Turnbull is best known for his police-procedural novels, which now number nearly fifty. A social worker for many years, he once told EQMM that he draws some of the ideas for his fiction from things he learned in that field.
Australian writer Aoife Clifford has won Australia’s two premier crime short-story awards (the Ned Kelly and the Scarlet Stiletto) as well as earning additional nominations for both. When her first novel, All These Perfect Strangers, was published (in Australia and the U.K. by Simon & Schuster and in the U. S. by Penguin Random House) she was named an Amazon Rising Star of 2016.
For more than twenty-five years, Joyce Carol Oates has been a regular contributor to EQMM. Last year, she received her second Edgar nomination for an EQMM story, for “The Crawl Space.” The story also won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction, and appears in Dis Mem Ber and Other Stories of Mystery and Suspense. Her latest mainstream novel, A Book of American Martyrs, was said by the Washington Post to be “The most relevant book of Oates’s half-century-long career . . .”