Archive for the ‘short stories’ Category

Helsinki, Through A Lens Darkly

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

helsinki_noir_thompsonHELSINKI NOIR, an anthology edited by James Thompson, is the latest installment in Akashic Books‘ acclaimed noir series. It was the last project Jim completed before his untimely death in August, and, as Reviewing the Evidence says, “This fine compendium reminds us of the skill and talent we have lost. Whether you are already a fan of the gloomy Finns or are new to the uniquely sinister aspect of Scandinavian literature, this book will provide steady entertainment.” 


Consider This Your Warning Shot!

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Shots_Fired_BoxLook out for SHOTS FIRED, a short story collection from C.J. Box coming later this summer! According to Kirkus, “If you’re looking for rising tension played out against spectacular natural scenery, nobody does it better.” 

Publishers Weekly says, “Bestseller Box proves in his first story collection that he’s also adept at the short form. The 10 selections are filled with Box trademarks: drama, darkness, surprise twists, and a palpable sense of a wild, magnificent, and sometimes cruel Wyoming.”

Booklist calls the stories a “pleasure” and praises Box’s “versatility with a diverse array of ideas,” as well as his “keen eye for mundane historical detail and a wicked sense of humor.” They conclude, “Here’s hoping we won’t have to wait long for more short stuff from Box.”


If You Don’t Read It, It’d Be A Crime!

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Paul Doiron Bear Trap short storyCan’t wait until next month for the release of THE BONE ORCHARD? Criminal Element has a special treat to tide you over! Head over to their site to read “The Bear Trap,” a free short story by Paul Doiron featuring a young Mike Bowditch!


Library Journal Calls Force Of Nature One Of Year’s Best

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Force of Nature C.J. Box

We’re thrilled to tell you that Library Journal has named C.J. Box’s FORCE OF NATURE as one of the best books of 2012, calling it “a stunningly fresh entry in a long-running series.” Congratulations, Chuck!

In celebration, we have a special treat for all of his fans after the jump!



Two New C.J. Box Treats

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

C.J. Box with yellow labFor all of those C.J. Box fans for whom one or two books a year isn’t enough, we have some treats to tide you over! Putnam is offering two new short stories, “The Master Falconer” and “Dull Knife,” as exclusive electronic downloads. Get them here and here.


Bang A Gong!

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

We’re pleased to tell you that ARLA’s own Myfanwy Collins has won the 2010 Flatmancrooked Fiction Prize for her short story “Look Up. Look Up.” (more…)


We Know You Only Read It For The Articles

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
…but this month you should also read Playboy for a new short story by Dennis Lehane. We might be biased, but we think that “Animal Rescue” is the most alluring thing in the entire issue!

As Dark As A Lump Of Coal But A Much Better Stocking Stuffer

Thursday, December 17th, 2009
We think BOSTON NOIR, the anthology edited by Dennis Lehane, would make the perfect gift for any book-loving loved ones, and it seems that the fine people of Boston agree. The book has been hanging out on the Boston Globe bestseller list for the past few weeks and is currently in the #3 spot.

Some Not At All Surprising News

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

The short story anthology BOSTON NOIR, edited by Dennis Lehane, has hit #8 on the Boston Globe’s bestseller list! (In slightly more surprising news, it was on their nonfiction list, but, hey, we’re not complaining!)


It Might Be Dark, But That Star Will Brighten Things Up A Bit

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
We’re pleased to tell you that BOSTON NOIR, edited by Dennis Lehane, has received a starred review in Publishers Weekly!

They write:

In the best of the 11 stories in this outstanding entry in Akashic’s noir series, characters, plot and setting feed off each other like flames and an arsonist’s accelerant. These include Lehane’s own “Animal Rescue,” about a killing resulting from a lost and contested pit bull; John Dufresne’s “The Cross-Eyed Bear,” in which a pedophile priest is caught between the icy representative of the archdiocese and one of his now adult victims; and Don Lee’s “The Oriental Hair Poets,” which charts a literary feud that escalates into a police case. Two populations that define the city for outsiders — the elite WASP “Brahmins” and the hundreds of thousands of college students surging through to earn their degrees — appear only in passing. While Lehane expresses the fear in his introduction that Boston is becoming “beiger,” less tribal and gritty and more gentrified and homogenized, this anthology shows that noir can thrive where Raymond Chandler has never set foot.

The anthology comes out in November from Akashic Books.