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Shaken

Sunshine Noir

Edited by Annamaria Alfieri and Michael Stanley

Sunshine Noir features Jeff's surprising "gem" of a story, "Someone Moved the Sun."

"Someone Moved the Sun" introduces Toni, a young ex-pat musician working midsummer days as a private detective/fixer on a notorious Greek party-island in order to support Toni's nighttime addiction to playing piano in a wild cabaret club peppered with unsavory types. As one reviewer wrote, "The surprising twists and turns in this story will have readers wishing Toni were a series character. They might also be booking the next flight to Greece."

Picked by one US reviewer as "the best collection I've read this year," and by a UK reviewer as among "The Top Five Books of 2016," Sunshine Noir is a collection of seventeen brand-new short stories written by some of today's best crime fiction writers as a pointed response to the current flood of Nordic Noir crime fiction saturating the market. They tell of dark doings in sunny places, demonstrating that crime fiction is not a dish best served cold, but rather at its most sinister when the sun is beating down overhead and sweat is pouring into your eyes. The authors of these tales will convince you that evil under the sun makes for the most compelling, most entertaining crime fiction anywhere on earth.

The authors and their settings are: Leye Adenle (Nigeria), Annamaria Alfieri (British East Africa), Colin Cotterill (Thailand), Susan Froetschel (Yemen), Jason Goodwin (Istanbul), Paul Hardisty (Ethiopia), Greg Herren (New Orleans), Tamar Myers (Arizona), Barbara Nadel (Istanbul), Richie Narvaez (Puerto Rico), Kwei Quartey (Ghana), Jeffrey Siger (Mykonos), Michael Stanley (Botswana), Nick Sweet (Spain), Timothy Williams (Guadaloupe), Robert Wilson (the Sahara), and Ovidia Yu (Singapore).

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Shaken

Shaken: Stories for Japan

Edited by Timothy Hallinan

Shaken features Jeff's chilling story, "The Missing."

"The Missing" weaves four generations of historical facts into the story of a man and his eleven-year old daughter abducted off the beaches of Japan by North Korean soldiers. The man had not been back to his native Japan from Vietnam for twenty years, and now he and his daughter must do whatever it takes to survive while keeping secret precisely who they are.

Shaken: Stories For Japan is a collection of twenty short stories born out of the contributors' concern for the people in the disaster zone of the Great East Japan Earthquake and resulting tsunami waves. All author royalties go directly into the 2011 Japan Relief Fund.

The book contains original stories by Brett Battles, Cara Black, Vicki Doudera, Dianne Emley, Dale Furutani, Timothy Hallinan, Stefan Hammond, Rosemary Harris, Naomi Hirahara, Wendy Hornsby, Ken Kuhlken, Debbi Mack, Adrian McKinty, I.J. Parker, Gary Phillips, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Kelli Stanley, C.J. West, Jeri Westerson, and Jeff. As a group, these authors have won virtually every mystery award there is and sold hundreds of thousand of copies. They're all working at the top of their games in this volume, though some chose to wander away from their regular mystery beat.

Linking the stories are haiku by the 17th-century master Basho, translated by Jane Reichhold, and Issa, translated by David Lanoue. Both translators donated their work, as did the cover designer, writer Gar Anthony Haywood, and the e-book producer, Kimberly Hitchens.

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Making Story

Making Story: Twenty-One Writers On How They Plot

Edited by Timothy Hallinan

Making Story features Jeff's "Plotting From Epiphanies."

Making Story cannot be described any better than it has been by author and reviewer Patrick Forsyth in calling it a "gem" that "will fascinate fiction writers:" "Making Story is a book in which 21 writers are first described by the book's editor, then explain how they go about the task of writing fiction, illustrated by a sample of their writing. There are some useful insights here from a range of American writers and not only is what is said useful, the writing is exceptional....It is very clear that every single contributor takes writing very seriously."

Making Story contains practical, experience-based advice from twenty-one award winning and nominated novelists who among them have written more than 100 books and sold hundreds of thousands of copies. These are their stories about how they go about turning an idea into a plot, and a plot into a book as told by Jeff, Michael Stanley, Kelli Stanley, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Zoe Sharp, Stephen Jay Schwartz, Mike Orenduff, Debbi Mack, Wendy Hornsby, Gar Anthony Haywood, Timothy Hallinan, Leighton Gage, Jeremy Duns, Bill Crider, Meredith Cole, Jeffrey Cohen, Rebecca Cantrell, Rachel Brady, Lisa Brackmann, Cara Black, and Brett Battles.

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