During one of her first solo body removal jobs as an apprentice mortician, Melisende Dulac discovers an old man’s sad end may not have been all that natural.
“Hey Nineteen” marks the first appearance of Melisende Dulac, and precedes the events of Crossroad by about eight months. The story appears in the anthology A Beast Without A Name: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Music of Steely Dan, edited by Brian Thornton (Down and Out Books, October 28, 2019).
Nine years ago, as I was getting ready for the release of Lost Dog, I had the amazing privilege of joining a group of other writers who would debut in 2007. Together, we were the Killer Year. We had t-shirts, group events, a blog — and an anthology of short stories edited by Lee Child.
I’m thrilled to share the news that a brand new edition of Killer Year has just been released. The anthology includes stories from each of the Killer Year authors, plus contributions from Ken Bruen, Allison Brennan, Duane Swierczynski, MJ Rose and Laura Lippman. About my own contribution, The Chicago Tribune said, “Bill Cameron’s ‘Slice of Pie’ is an irony-filled gem.”
The Killer Year Authors
At long last, Skin Kadash’s origin story “Heat Death” has been sighted in the wild. In this instance, the “wild” is defined as “my mail box,” wherein today I found both my subscription copy and author copies of the July/August 2015 issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. “Heat Death” can be found on page 134.
The events of “Heat Death” take place when Skin was eighteen years old. He was a long way from becoming a cop. Still, the foundation for the kind of cop he would be was laid in the mountains of British Columbia, Labor Day Weekend, 1971.
Also, there’s a moose.
I just clicked send on my reply to the editorial notes for “Heat Death,” my next Skin Kadash story. It will be in the July/August 2015 issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, on sale at the end of May.
Set in 1971, “Heat Death” sees Skin nearly two decades before he would be a homicide detective, even before he’s a cop. As a last hurrah before they leave for Army basic training, Skin and his longtime friend Tommy head to a cabin in the Canadian wilderness for a weekend of partying and hell-raising, only to see things take a violent turn. This is your chance to check out Skin in his larval form, to see a moment when the seeds of the man he would become were planted.
“Daisy and the Desperado” is part of the Bouchercon 2014 anthology, Murder at the Beach.
This collection is edited by Dana Cameron and features stories by Patricia Abbott, Al Abramson, Roger Angle, Craig Faustus Buck, Bill Cameron, Judith Cutler, Ray Daniel, Jeffery Deaver, Phillip DePoy, Sharon Fiffer, Delaney Green, Eldon Hughes, Tanis Mallow, Edward Marston, Krista Nave, Gigi Pandian
All proceeds from this anthology support the Long Beach Public Library Foundation.
It’s not every day you encounter the phrase “bulldozer rampage.” But if there’s one thing the internet is good for, it’s providing news about people losing their shit in increasingly ridiculous ways. Seems yesterday a fellow bulldozed his way through three houses, all over a dispute about fence lines. The good news is no one was hurt, despite a woman being at home in one of the houses the fellow went after.
The news reminded me of a short tale I wrote nearly twenty years ago about a dispute over a fence. I only wish I’d thought of a bulldozer rampage myself. I share the story below nonetheless.
A brotherhood of cops, a boy accused of murder, and the detective who broke ranks to sort it all out.
“The Missus” takes place shortly after the events of Chasing Smoke, when Skin returns to work as a homicide detective after his long and eventful medical leave. He expects to spend a quiet time reviewing cold cases and getting back on his feet. Instead, his new lieutenant—and former partner—hands him a hot capital case with explosive implications. The story also introduces Joey Getchie, the main character of Property of the State, book one of The Legend of Joey.
Note: This story, told from the point of view of my longtime series detective Skin Kadash, references events from Property of the State—the first in my young adult mystery series featuring Joey Getchie. Though the events in “The Missus” are of singular significance to Joey, they occur five years before Property of the State, and Skin’s view of them is very different from the fragments Joey remembers. That said, this story could be seen as containing a minor spoiler or two for Property of the State, so if you’re concerned about such things, you might consider reading the book first.
“The Princess of Felony Flats” is the story of a mysterious dwarf who makes a risky play for the statuesque consort of a drug kingpin in a hardboiled retelling of a classic fairy tale. Newly-released in a standalone edition, this 2011 Dagger Award nominee originally appeared in First Thrills.
Revisions are when you get to get to move the darts onto the bullseye while no one is looking.