THE SHORT STORIES

 

Feel free to download and share these with your friends if they are available for free. If they're not free, it's because I don't own the rights. Due to laziness, the stories are in reverse chronological order, with the newer pieces at the bottom.

Dead End
 
This Anthony Award-nominated short story is the prequel to my novella Psycho Logic. 
 
Download a free PDF of Dead End.

Johno Beltran is a former homicide detective who fell from grace when a stupid mistake allowed a rich, sadistic sex killer to go free. When the notorious murderer drives into the restaurant parking lot where Johno now works as a valet, their reunion leads Johno down a dark, twisty road toward a deadly collision between paranoia and reality. A short story.

Blank Shot
Read it free
Featured in DarkHouse Books' Black Coffee anthology.

A year before the Berlin Wall was built, an American wakes up in an East Berlin hospital with a gunshot wound to the head and no memory of who he is, how he got there or who shot him. Is he a crime victim? A criminal? A Cold War spy? A double agent? He has to find out before the East German secret police do.  

Heavy Debt
 
Derringer Award nominee
 
From Akashic Books' Mondays are Murder series comes this short slice of Micronesian noir.
 

The Western Pacific island of Yap is hardly the place you'd expect cold-blooded murder, but when ancient coins are made of stone and can weigh hundreds of pounds, debt can easily tip the scales of reason and morality.

Pongo's Lucky Day
 
Free in Plan-B Magazine

Mediocre competitive snowboarder and general loser Pongo Smith finds a gift that keeps on giving, but he gets a lot more than he bargained for. 

 

 

Honeymoon Sweet
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Macavity Award Winner
and Anthony Award Nominee
 
Bouchercon is the world's largest mystery convention. In 2014, its prestigious anthology was edited by Dana Cameron and featured stories by authors both famous and new.

Newlyweds break into a Malibu beach house for a honeymoon that strains their love in ways they never dreamed of. 

Beyond the Veil
 
Dead Guns Press brings you Dames and Sin, the third anthology in their Hardboiled series

An accidental murder leads a would-be bride on a noir, funhouse-mirror journey where even death ain't what it's cracked up to be.

Aftermath
 
Derringer Award nominee
Flash and Bang mystery anthology, Spring 2016
Liar's Poker
Cover story in Spinetingler Magazine, May 2017

A New Orleans detective helps a Creole belle cope with her addled emotions after she shoots her husband dead.

You never know what might come up in therapy, but if this woman's past is any indication, the future looks noir.

As Ye Sow
 
An Internet mail order bride business spawns a twisted tale of love, betrayal and murder.
Race to Judgment
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine 
Reader's Choice finalist 
Nov-Dec 2018

This noir romantic suspense was first published in Passport to Murder, the 2017 Bouchercon anthology (Down and Out Books).

Head Over Heels
 
A process server falls head over heals for a client when she serves a restraining order to the client's ex-lover. Little does she know that her life is about to be turned head over heels

Mississippi politics, family politics, talk radio and pracitcal jokes cause a murder coverup to spin out of control.

This noir romantic suspense was first published in Murder-A-Go-Go's: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Music of The Go-Go's (Down and Out Books, 2019).

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