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- Print Length: 293 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0996855270
- Publisher: Short Stack Books (November 1, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 1, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M2541HM
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But amidst the lightheartedness of some of the references you can find dark, pulpy fiction with hearts being broken, loyalties being tested, and full-on shock value. There is gunfire and high-heeled hookers slipping on cocaine spread across the floor like flea powder. Then, of course, is the dark foreboding knowledge that you got to pay for your sins, but there are a lot of people who haven't paid for a thing yet and "Maybe there's no such thing as sin. Maybe it's just a lie wounded people tell themselves to sleep at night." Wow. That's pulp fiction in nutshell.
Great collection of authors here. Some you are probably familiar with if you read recent crime fiction anthologies. Some you may never have heard of. DeWildt, Barth, Lang, Pool, Vilharo and the others are worth looking up to see what else they have produced.
What really is great about this collection is how many of the authors stuck like glue to the theme of the eighties and how the offhand references to the music, the hairstyles, the clothing, and the cars of the eighties gives way to something far darker and more sinister than just another Fast Times at Ridgemont High. In sum, this is a really enjoyable collection. Read it.
There’s 18 stories in the collection as well as an enjoyable foreward by Will Viharo. I wonder how many people can drop the bomb “Mickey Rourke bought me my first car” into a conversation.
I’ve enjoyed longer works by just under half the contributors to the anthology, so my expectations were high
VALLEY GIRL by Kat Richardson …… reminded me of Little Britain’s Vicky Pollard. I’m not sure if that’s the voice Richardson was striving for, but she nailed it if it was.
ALONE NOW by Patrick Cooper ….trainer (or sneaker) crime
BIG SHOTS by S.W. Lauden …music scene, drugs, crime, consequences
THE DEEP END by Dietrich Kalteis …. insurance investigator turns rogue and gets the girl
PARTS UNKNOWN by Sam Wiebe … wrestling, bright lights and pain
BESTIES & BLOW by Sarah M. Chen ….BFF as long as the drugs don’t run out
IT’S MORNING AGAIN IN LAKE CASTOR by Eryk Pruitt …… revisiting the scene of Pruitt’s Dirtbags
WIDOWMAN by Matthew J. Hockey ….vengeance in Tokyo
THE ENVELOPE by Linda L. Richards …… hard choices – head or heart?
MEANTIME by Will Viharo … Miami Vice revisited
BIG HAIR, BANANA CLIPS, AND THE FIGURE-FOUR LEGLOCK by Nina Mansfield …. wrestling dreams and a bout with a predator
DUTCH by C.S. DeWildt … a cross and double-cross, falling for the wrong girl
IN THE SWIMMING POOL by Jen Conley … Grandpa puts a bully in his place
GETTING SECONDS by Greg Barth … robbery and a ruined life, back for seconds and some fixing getting done
CAUGHT ON VIDEO by Brian Leopold … cameras, sex tapes, blackmail and a sting
FLECKMAN’S FIX by Preston Lang … gambling and some sore losers
LAST DANCE AT THE GLIMMER LOUNGE by S.A. Cosby … a drug deal, a rip-off and getting played by the girl
NIGHT THIEF by Michael Pool … a professional car thief and his last job, things don’t quite go to plan
A top class collection with each story delivering on the 80s theme.
Favourites were Jen Conley's In the Swimming Pool and The Envelope by Linda L. Richards. Not a dud in the collection.
4.5 from 5
Michael Pool (editor) also puts out the Crime Syndicate Magazine, the 3rd issue just went live this weekend.
His short novella - Midnight at the San Franciscan was recently enjoyed.
Read in September, 2017
Published – 2016
Page count – 222
Source – review copy from the editor
Format - Kindle
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