Sunday, 17 December 2017
MICHAEL POOL and ERIC BEETNER (co-ed.) - CRIME SYNDICATE MAGAZINE ISSUE 1 (2015)
Crime Syndicate Magazine Issue One features eight of the funniest, most engaging, and best crime fiction short stories on the market today, including stories by crime author Eric Beetner (this issue's Guest Editor), Art Taylor, Jeff Bowles, James Queally, Paul Heatley, Nick Kolakowski, Tess Makovesky, and C.J. Edwards.
A man takes his husbandly duties to a whole new, and quite bloody, level in "So Close," by Eric Beetner.
A salesman puts the hard sell on a married couple looking for assurances in the event of the husband's violent demise in "Restoration," by Art Taylor
Criminal enforcer Jack "The Hammer" Palmer has a very public career identity crisis in "Jack The Hammer's Online Identity Crisis," by Jeff Bowles
A poker player tracks down his double-crossing ex-partner for one last game of winner-take-all poker in "On Tilt," by James Queally
A hard-drinking, loser former children's television star needs a miracle to save him from his outstanding debts in "Dee The Friendly Grizzly's Little Miracle," by Nick Kolakowski
A hard-nosed loner exacts revenge on his ex-wife's killer in "God May Forgive You," by Paul Heatley.
A piano-loving husband dishes out a different kind of tune up in "Tuning the Old Joanna," by Tess Makovesky
An honest undercover narcotics agent finds a reason to move on from his current position in "The Line," by C.J. Edwards.
These are not your average mystery stories, they're crime stories, written by some of the best crime authors on the mystery, crime and thriller book scene today!
Another enjoyable collection of short stories accessed through Kindle Unlimited. I've read a couple of these guys before, but it was my first introduction to Art Taylor, C.J. Edwards, Tess Makovesky, Jeff Bowles and James Queally.
I would slightly disagree with the premise that they were the funniest stories around, as there are a couple that were very dark and totally bereft of any humour, not that I'm complaining.
I enjoyed them all. The standouts were for me were Eric Beetner and James Queally. Beetner again stretching the boundaries of believability, but with touches of dark humour that had me buying it. Queally with his poker tale of revenge had my attention throughout. Paul Heatley's God May Forgive You was just what I would expect from him - pitch, black darkness.
A great way of spending a couple of hours in the company of adulterers, card sharks, Russian gangsters, honest cops, a down on his luck ex-children's TV star, an unscrupulous insurance salesman, vengeful ex-lovers and an online hitman suffering from a crisis of confidence.
There's an interesting interview at the end with Eric Beetner which describes his writing career and his (now somewhat dated) plans for the future. There's some hat tips to other authors I ought to be reading, but I've got most of them covered already. I'm a Beetner fan , so I enjoyed the piece as much as any of the stories.
I have issues 2 and 3 of this magazine on the pile which I'm looking forward to. The constant is Michael Pool, teaming up each time with a different guest editor.
I've enjoyed Pool's work before and would have liked to have seen one of his stories in the collection.
Michael Pool has his website here.
His Midnight at the San Franciscan featured on the blog here.
4 from 5
Read in December, 2017
Published - 2015
Page count - 116
Source - Kindle Unlimited
Format - Kindle