Over the past couple years, I’ve published a series of crime-fiction stories in a number of venues, including Shotgun Honey, Thuglit, Carrier Pigeon, Crime Syndicate Magazine, and others. Those yarns were fun to write, but the downside of short stories is they have a tendency to fall off the collective radar after a few weeks, doomed to the archives sections.
With that in mind, I made a point a couple of months ago to start assembling a collection of these stories in one place. The result is “Somebody’s Trying to Kill Me,” which includes 17 noir tales. Some of these are flash fiction; others are much longer; the titular story is a full-fledged, never-published novella that takes place in gentrifying Brooklyn (with the requisite seedy underbelly). The book’s rogues’ gallery includes college dropouts who decide to go full Bonnie & Clyde, tattooed freaks, damaged supermodels, hipsters who can’t shoot straight, and many more.
The book is available in paperback and Kindle, although if you order the paperback version, you get the wraparound cover designed by award-winning editor (and incredible graphic designer) Michael Bailey: