Down to the River Paperback – April 20, 2019
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
- Publisher : Down & Out Books (April 20, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 242 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1948235781
- ISBN-13 : 978-1948235785
- Item Weight : 11 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.61 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,759,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
After a short introduction by Hank Phillips Ryan and a foreword by Editor Tim O’Mara, it is time for the stories. Jessie Chandler leads things off with “A Rocky Road at Interstate Park.” It is autumn in the St. Croix River Valley in Minnesota and a small group of friends arrives at Interstate Park. The state park is busy and before long the group splits up with various members going their various ways. Eventually, one of the group is alone when she witnesses things getting very heated between a couple. Unfortunately for Shay, the male of the couple has been a problem for her before and is going to be again.
He is a long way from Montana and is the newest member of the Tree County Sheriff’s Department. A Sergeant in the Cape Harbor Marine Unit, and stationed on the Caloosahatchee River, he is new and a target of constant criticism by his partner, Deputy Sutphin. The cold couldn’t follow him to Fort Myers, Florida, but a murderer might have done so in “A Tale Of Two Rivers” by John Keyse- Walker.
“Blue Song, Edged in Woe” by Patricia Smith and her husband, Bruce DeSilvia, comes next with more than a hint of the paranormal. The river has been around for a very long time and knows the girl is special. The river will do what it needs to in her time of need.
Readers move on from the Black Stone River to another famous river in the “Bronx River Elegey” by Scott Adlerberg. The river cuts through the zoo and a certain spot holds memories all these years later. What happens in your childhood carries far forward in time to when you are a parent. It is time for one final trip to a certain spot to say hello and goodbye.
When you are homeless and need a secluded place to stay, the shoreline of the Agnes P. Wotherwill estate in Connecticut makes for a great spot. One does have to be careful and share it with a few other people who have also found their way here. The “Grouchy Witch” is a person to be avoided if at all possible. He does so until he can’t in “Catch and Release” by Chris Knopf.
It is August 2014 in Gallagher, Virginia, as “Eel’s Blood” by Frankie Y. Bailey begins. Dr. Stuart has plenty to do and that was before Ashely Pollard brought a cold case to his attention. The case dates back to 1954 and the time factor is just one of many complications.
Chucky should have stuck to the deal. He didn’t because he got stupid and greedy. Now he is dead in “Fifty-Fifty” by Tim O’Mara and that creates a new problem for Turkey have to deal with at the end of an already long day in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Eric Beetner is up next with “Fish Belly White.” Denver’s capsized boat has washed ashore. Denver, legendary for his catfishing, is missing and has been for a week now. Not only is he missing, so is his stepdaughter.
As the only female officer in the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Mountain Squad, Sheriff Deputy Haley Davidson has her hands full with a little 12 year old girl who has suddenly become parentless. Her extra training on the Victim Response Team is not helping her as the little girl won’t leave her “Inheritance.” This tale by Eric Gardner packs quite a punch.
Charles Salzberg and “NO Good Deed” is up next and takes readers to the East River and Winter. Ralph needed a favor done and against his better judgement, the narrator agreed. Now he is out at ten at night in the freezing cold trying to pass on an envelope to somebody he has never met before at a place he has never been.
Next it is off to Runyon Lake in Southern Colorado by way of “Optimize Us” by Maria Kelson. Imagine a story of Fit Bit type deal on steroids and this is what you have here as technology seeks to improve relationships and remove obstacles. People can be a problem.
When they were kids, they hung out at the river in “Requiem For Dirty Water” by Clea Simon. You could do that back then before things got crazy. It all changed around Fenway and this is a story of the past and the way things were back then.
“Tarentum Bridge” by Dana King features Ben “Doc” Dougherty eating lunch alone at a Long John Slivers and all was fine until the sirens started. He is going to have to go over and see if he can get the jumper off the bridge before he tries to take his own life.
You make choices in life and those choices have consequences. Those consequences often are outside our legal system. Justice can come in many forms as John B. Wren’s short story, “The Chair In The River” points out. Like the “Inheritance” did, this story also packs quite the punch in a far different way.
It is 1986 and the young people are on a trip to Washington, D.C., in “The Great Emancipator” by Mike Veve. They see a lot as they make a much needed beer run.
The mines abuse the heck out of the Dog Paige River. Not that it is really much of a river most of the year. In “The Righter Side” by Reed Farrel Coleman, Peter William Frame does what he needs to in order to survive. Just like everyone else on both sides of the river.
Kyle and the narrator are about a half hour outside of Cincinnati in “The River Freezes” by M. Wallace Herron. They are there to do as TV interview with an elderly gentleman by the name of Lem Dixon. For the second time in the last sixty years, the Ohio River is about to freeze over. Lem was there before when it did that in 1917 and they want Lem to talk about how it was back then. That isn’t all he will talk about.
When they moved to Wichita, Kansas, they knew things would be way different. They did not know there was a serial killer at work and one that had killed at least eight times before the family moved to their new place. There was a serial killer at work and that fact and more is explained in “The Riverfest” by Julia McDermott.
Somebody tried to drown her in the river and, somehow, she is still alive. The water is cold and she is in real trouble in “Tonight Wasn’t Her Night To Die” by Marcie Rendon.
After the funeral, a walk with her friend Amy is what the narrator has in her mind. The deaths have come, one after another and each one has rocked her world. She feels so very lonely. That walk leads to a bar along the Hudson and more in “Waves” by Christina Chiu.
Carlos thought he had pulled it off in “Where Are The Boats?” by Puja Guha. Everything had gone to plan the last several days outside Arches National Park and no one was the wiser. Everything was fine. Then the rains set in as did the complications.
Elizabeth is back in Natchez on a case in “Wrath, Chapter 61” by Tom Lowe. The past haunts her as it does the current case. The Mississippi River has seen much history and will do so again.
Also included in the eBook version of the anthology are previews of other books from this publisher. The first two chapters of Silent Remains by Jerry Kennealy are followed by the first chapter of It’s Not My Cult! A. X. Kalinchuk and the first chapter of The Pyongyang Option by A. C. Frieden.
A mix of crime fiction and stories that I would classify as more literary type tales that are not crime fiction per se, Down To The River is an interesting anthology. All the stories share a common theme of the importance of a river in each tale. In some, a river or waterway, is a major character and has a distinct life of its own. In other tales, a river is more of a secondary character and is always present and in the background. In all cases, the tale is a good one and well worthy your time.
Down To The River
Editor Tim O’Mara
I purchased the eBook version of this book on April 22, 2019, by way of funds in my Amazon Associate account in order to read and review. Yes, like everything I do review wise, it took quite some time.
Kevin R. Tipple ©2019
Down to the River with an introduction by Hank Phillippi Ryan and forward by Tim O’Mara begins with Hank stating that: rivers give up secrets: mysterious objects in tangle and drowned branches, choked in plants revealing what’s been hidden there in purpose. Each of the riveting stories tells a river’s secrets and channels it’s powers, captured its flows, lures us toward its deceptive peace.
Tim O’Mara talks about the Mississippi and early history learning about Lewis and Clark. Enter each environment and see the magic behind the spells of each river described in each each river based crime story and understand how rivers move us and transport goods, inspired artists and provide food and recreation throughout all of our history as patricia smith and Bruce DeSilva’s story titled : Blue Song , Edged In Woe takes us on our first journey in the Blackstone River.
The description of the river the tension and the uncertainty are apparent from the start as we hear the lone voice. Characters brilliantly sketched and scenes vividly described as they are named Boy and Girl as if they have no real identity and yet they do as we hear Boy justifying his actions as he sexually abuses this innocent girl and the gripping scene and aftermath that the river plays when the Girl needs its power to hide her shame and the final scene where the river and all of its pollutants and sludge allow readers and Boy to learn the power and mystique of the Blackstone River snd a haunting smile.
Charles Salzburg’s contribution is filled with his own brand of humor and wit as we meet the main character in the story titled No Good Deed which will make you think twice about doing a favor for someone and bring blindsided.
Deciding to do someone he hardly knows a favor without thinking it totally through is a lesson readers will come away with after reading this story. Listen to the narrator as you hear him argue with himself and justify placing himself in a dangerous situation on a coke and dark night. The final outcome lets you know that author Charles Salzberg delivers an ending you won’t expect. To honor my favorite river the East River.
Next we have two brothers that are tied so closely together that they according to their father shares one brain . However Chucky is dead and his brother is remembering things about him including expressions that he never seemed to overcome or understand that others found annoying. Hearing his thoughts and understanding how conflicted he is looking at his brother’s body what the author delivers at the end is startling, surprising and tragic. Two brothers joined together what will the fate of the second one be? Fifty-fifty what are the odds? Turkey vs Chucky: final destination? Author Tim O’Mara keeps you in suspense with this heartbreaking story and the Missouri River.
Mother-in-laws sometimes get a bad rap as this poor lady is about to suffer at the hand of her son because his wife wants her permanently out of the way.
What happens when a river pulls a victim down but somehow with force and fortitude the victim survives. Going out with her son this grandmother and mother is thrown for a loop when her son tries to drown her. Tonight wasn’t her Night to Die by Marcie Rendon will give you the chills as this older woman finds a new life, changes her name and appearance and bids her time in order to enact her revenge. Bunny Redbird knew that her social security check was cashed by her family but what she does would terrify them for more years then they would ever admit. As the author draws the story to a close the final scenes are right out of an episode of The Twilight Zone or an Alfred Hitchcock movie. Author Marcie Renton honors the memory of two women who were dumped in the Red River-of the North.
Each story focuses on a murder taking place in another river including the Bronx River and the Hudson River and many others but the thing that is unique to all or most of the rivers is the pollution, chemicals, mud and poor conditions that warrant our rivers needing better care.
Contributions by Reed Farrel Coleman, Scott Alderberg, Eric Beetner and many other crime writers , Down to the River will take readers deep inside the magic, mystique and wonders of our precious rivers