As this issue goes to press, Midnight, Texas, the third TV series based on Charlaine Harris’s fiction, has begun airing on NBC! From 2008 through 2014, True Blood, adapted from the author’s Southern Vampire Mysteries, was broadcast on HBO, and recently the Hallmark Channel presented a sixth two-hour movie derived from the Harris novels starring librarian Aurora Teagarden.
Dominic Russ-Combs is a Wallace E. Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford University and a recipient of an emerging artist award from the Kentucky Arts Council. About to complete a Ph.D. in English at Texas Tech, he has already had fiction published in many periodicals, including the Chicago Tribune, The Kenyon Review, and The Carolina Quarterly.
“Can doing first-rate work as consistently as Bill Pronzini really be as effortless as he makes it seem?” Kirkus Reviews asked in its starred review of Endgame, the final book in the author’s Nameless Detective series (Forge, June 2017). Also out this year is The Dangerous Ladies Affair, his fifth novel-length Carpenter and Quincannon series collaboration with Marcia Muller.
This new Elizabeth Zelvin story belongs to the New York author’s Bruce Kohler series, which consists, to date, of four novels, a novella, and five previous short stories. Fans can now find all of these earlier cases for recovering alcoholic Bruce and his friends Barbara and Jimmy in unified e-format from Outsider Books.
R.T. Raichev is the author of nine novels featuring mystery-writer sleuth Antonia Darcy. In an early review of the series, Booklist said: “Antonia Darcy is a terrific sleuth, and Raichev is a very clever writer, indeed.” The series has appeared at book length from Constable & Robinson in the U.K. and Soho Constable in the U.S. Its two most recent entries were EQMM stories!
Penny Hancock’s three suspense thrillers, Tideline, The Darkening Hour, and A Trick of the Mind, were published to rave reviews, earning her comparison to “a young Daphne du Maurier” by the Daily Mail, with the Guardian saying of Tideline: “ . . . reminiscent of John Fowles’s The Collector but with the genders reversed.”
Frankie Y. Bailey is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Albany. She is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of many nonfiction books, including a three-volume encyclopedia of notorious crimes, criminals, and trials. She is also the author of two series of novels, one starring crime historian Lizzie Stuart, the other a near-future police force.
Lou Manfredo. Brooklyn cop Joe Rizzo has starred in three highly acclaimed novels, Rizzo’s Fire, Rizzo’s War, and Rizzo’s Daughter. In its review of the latter, Publisher’s Weekly said: “Manfredo, a twenty-five-year veteran of the Brooklyn criminal justice system, crafts gritty dialogue as authentic-sounding as a wiretap transcript.” Here is Rizzo in his latest case. We have another coming soon.
Midwest Book Review called Tom Tolnay’s 2005 story collection Selling America “at times darkly comic, at times tragic . . . with biting insight . . .” Profane Feasts, his new collection of 13 connected stories, is due this fall from Toronto’s Scarlet Leaf Publishing House. Several of its tales of a Greek immigrant family—by turns moving, funny, and suspenseful—are from EQMM!
Zoe Z. Dean’s debut short story, “Getaway Girl” (EQMM 11/2014) won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for best short story by a new American author and was selected for the 2015 volume of Best American Mystery Stories. Her work appeared in EQMM again in May/ June 2017. With this third story for us she’s making her mark as one of our most original new writers!
Doug Allyn is one of the most highly regarded crime short story writers of his generation. He’s also a noted novelist. This year he tried his hand at work of a different length when he collaborated with James Patterson on his BookShots novel The Lawyer Lifeguard (June 2017). The BookShots series is Patterson’s brainchild, and its novels are of no more than 150 pages.
In the decade or so since Tim L. Williams first started contributing to EQMM, he’s earned two Thriller Awards, an Edgar nomination, and two Shamus nominations, all for work that appeared in our pages. Two of his stories have also been included in Best American Mystery Stories (2004 and 2012). The Kentucky author’s latest collection is Skull Fragments; he’s a professor by day.
A writer who’s made her mark not only in the mystery field, where in 2002 she won an Edgar Allan Poe Award for best paperback original novel, but in the field of science fiction and supernatural suspense, T. J. MacGregor first appeared in EQMM in last year’s June issue. The Florida author is back this month with a story about that state’s popular lottery.
Richard Chizmar is the coauthor (with Stephen King) of the bestselling novella “Gwendy’s Button Box” and the founder/publisher of Cemetery Dance magazine and the Cemetery Dance Publications imprint. His award-winning fiction has appeared in dozens of magazines and has been collected in book form. His latest collection is A Long December (Subterranean Press).
Author of more than forty novels, most of them mysteries or police procedurals, Peter Turnbull is also a prolific short-story writer and a winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best short story, for “The Man Who Took His Hat Off to the Driver of the Train” (EQMM 3-4/11). He joins us this month with another case in his popular Hennessey and Yellich series.
This first Jim Fusilli story for EQMM is set in the 1940s in “Narrows Gate,” a fictionalized version of Hoboken, New Jersey, the author’s hometown. Narrows Gate was also the setting of his well-received novel of that title, and of the short stories “Chellini’s Solution” (chosen for 2007’s Best American Mystery Stories) and the Edgar-nominated “Digby, Attorney at Law.”
John Gastineau worked as a newspaper reporter, photographer, and book editor before changing course and going to law school at the age of thirty-nine. He practiced law for many years, primarily as a litigator, but has now returned to literature. He wrote the first line to this debut story many years ago; it just took awhile to figure out how to grow it into a story, he told us!
Famous in Japan for originating “Shinhonkaku,” the neoclassical movement in Japanese mystery writing, Shimada Sōji has, in recent years, been collaborating with a renowned illustrator on a graphic-novel series. Some of his earlier Detective Takeshi Yoshiki novels have been adapted for television. This is his third story to be translated for EQMM.