Short Stories

Featuring 23 Shades of Black’s Filomena Buscarsela:

Viernes Loco,” in Queens Noir (Akashic, 2008)

Under the Big Black Sun,” will be included as an “extra” in Soft Money

(PM Press, 2013)  https://secure.pmpress.org

Other short stories featuring Filomena Buscarsela will be reprinted in the forthcoming
PM Press editions of the novels in this series.

 

Featuring characters from The Fifth Servant:

 

Burning Twilight,” in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (March 2010)
Podcast: www.themysteryplace.com/ahmm/crime

Between Minkhe and Mayrev,” in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (April 2010)
Podcast: www.themysteryplace.com/ahmm/crime

“Cups and Varlets,” in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine
(June 2012)   www.themysteryplace.com

Free-standing stories:

Blood Drive,” in Long Island Noir (Akashic, 2012).
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Piece Work,” in Send My Love and a Molotov Cocktail! (PM Press, 2011).
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Market Day,” in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (August 2012).
www.themysteryplace.com

Dim Bulbs, Dead Roaches,” in Crime Square (Vantage Point, 2012).
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North on Clinton” in Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices (L&L Dreamspell, 2011)
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The First Filomena Buscarsela Story

 FLAT RATE and OTHER STORIES

PLOT: Introducing Filomena Buscarsela, a hard-working ex-NYPD cop with a fresh, distinctive voice and a caustic sense of humor, who must confront a violent taxi strike, sub-zero temperatures, volatile drug dealers and police corruption to solve a strike leader’s murder.

Lead & Leather” Filomena’s working vacation at a deadly beach resort in Ecuador. Plus two perplexing tales of speculative fiction that don’t fit the mold.

 MY COMMENTS: This novella was my first road test for Filomena, and she aced it with flying colors, landing a couple of great reviews. My writing has come a long way since then.

 REVIEWS

“Sharp narration… cleverly plotted.”  Ellery Queen

“Hard-boiled crime fiction gets a sharp, fresh and witty newcomer… [with] underlying political, feminist and cultural messages subtly woven into the text. A welcomed addition to my shelf.”  Independent Publisher

EXCERPT: FLAT RATE AND OTHER STORIES

 

THE WALLS HAVE THE FLOOR/LAS PAREDES TIENEN LA PALABRA

PLOT: Two plays. Bilingual English/Spanish edition published by the University of Cuenca Press, Cuenca, Ecuador (1994). Imported and distributed in the USA by The Imaginary Press.

A group of comedians in an unidentified Latin American country put on satiric cabaret sketches lampooning their government’s policies, but they have to revise their routines every night because the government changes just as often.

MAXIMUM ATARAXY/ATARAXIA MAXIMA

Two groups of post-nuclear survivors struggle to learn each other’s languages so that the epic tale of their final battle can be told. Thanks to the Reagan era for producing this nightmare.

“It’s either a happy tragedy or a VERY grim comedy.” (from TWHTF)

REVIEWS:

“A mixture of Woody Allen and Samuel Beckett.”  From the Introduction by Cecilia Suarez Moreno, University of Cuenca

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