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Clockwork Hardcover – October 5, 2010

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Whether making you laugh or making you catch your breath, John Floyd is clearly the man in charge, and Clockwork is terrific. --Marcus Sakey, author of The Blade Itself and The Amateurs

John Floyd has assembled an entertaining, clever, and sure-handed collection of stories. --Bill Fitzhugh, author of Pest Control and The Organ Grinders

About the Author

More than 900 of John M. Floyd's short stories and features have appeared in publications such as Woman's World, The Strand Magazine, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. A Derringer Award winner and a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, he and his wife Carolyn live in Mississippi. Clockwork is his third book.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 341 pages
  • Publisher: Dogwood Press; First edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972161198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972161190
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,181,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up in the small town of Sallis, Mississippi, and attended Kosciusko High School and Mississippi State University. After graduation I hired on with IBM in Jackson and then took a military leave-of-absence to the Air Force. Stationed in Oklahoma City, I served as a lieutenant and then a captain in the Engineering Support Division at Tinker AFB. While there I met my wife Carolyn--one of my four greatest accomplishments in life. (The other three are our children, Michael, David, and Karen.)

After my stint in the service we returned to Jackson, where I resumed my career with IBM. I spent 30 years with the company, as both a systems engineer and a marketing rep, and traveled a great deal. In fact, all that time alone in hotel rooms and airplanes and airports is probably what started my writing career. I began creating short stories, and a lot of them. In late 1993 Carolyn talked me into submitting a few to editors, and I discovered, to my amazement, that some people actually enjoyed reading what I wrote. Since that time my short stories and fillers have appeared in more than 160 different publications, including The Strand Magazine, Grit, Woman's World, Alfred Hitchcock, and Ellery Queen.

Since my retirement from IBM several years ago, I've been teaching a number of writing courses, both online and in the Community Enrichment Program at nearby Millsaps College, and that's been great fun. I've also completed two screenplays and three novels--but I especially love short stories. In our fast-paced, multi-tasking society, they seem (to me at least) to be the perfect form of entertainment.

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I have enjoyed all three of John M. Floyd's short story collections. Clockwork has a number of John's famous Angela Potts mysteries and dozens of other stories. In this collection John has demonstrated his talent to write in the Western genre as well as in comic scifi. His plots are entertaining, his characters interesting and his endings often surprise the reader. I highly recommend this book.
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Just how many twist can you have in a story of this length. I thought I had it figured out after the first page. On the second page, I found it I didn't. On the third page, the process started all over. Thoroughly entertaining, suspensful and captivating. You won't put this one down to answer the telephone. Cal Adams, Madison, Ms
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"Clockwork" is a selection of short stories written by my teacher, John Floyd. He does an outstanding job of keeping the suspense up. He teaches "Writing and Selling Short Stories I and II" at Millsaps College, in Mississippi. He was an excellent teacher, and an even better writer (if it were possible to top excellent!).
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What a great story!! I must admit, the last twist completely surprised me! You may want to try Rainbow's End by John Floyd. If you like both mysteries and short stories, you can't go wrong!!
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