Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Monday, January 25, 2021
The latest KRL Podcast features the mystery short story, “The Bucket List” by SMFS list member Ang Pompano. You can listen for free to the KRL Podcast here.
From the site:
This episode features the mystery short story The Bucket List By Ang Pompano. It is read by local actor Teya Juarez. The Bucket List was first published in Best New England Crime Stories: Red Dawn, Level Best Books (2015) and later in Kings River Life. You can learn more about the author on his website. In each episode, we share with you mystery short stories and mystery novel first chapters read by actors from the San Joaquin Valley.
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SMFS list member David Goudsward edited and annotated the new book, Old World Footprints by Cassie Symmes. Published by Bold Ventures Press, it is currently available in paperback and hardcover at the publisher.
Preface by H.P. Lovecraft (ghosting for Frank Belknap Long)
Edited and annotated by David Goudsward; Foreword by Bobby Derie
In 1928, Mrs. William B. Symmes published a 32-page travelogue. The 300-copy run was privately distributed by Mrs. Symmes among her friends and family. The book's publisher was amateur pressman W. Paul Cook and his Recluse Press imprint. Mrs. Symmes' nephew, Frank Belknap Long is credited for the preface, actually ghostwritten by H. P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft proofread the book for Cook, and may have edited it as well. The involvement of Cook, Long, and Lovecraft transforms an unremarkable travelogue by Cassie Symmes into one of the rarest of Lovecraft-related publications.
Bold Ventures Press proudly presents a new edition, edited and annotated by Lovecraft scholar David Goudsward. It is illustrated by photos and period postcards, and includes a foreword by pulp scholar Bobby Derie and Cassie’s biography.
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Several SMFS list members are up for the 2021 Lefty Awards. There are four categories in total with 23 books. SMFS list members are competing in two different categories regarding books first published in 2020. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the winners will be announced online on April 10, 2021. The SMFS list members and their books in the respective categories are:
Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel
Jennifer J. Chow, Mimi Lee Gets a Clue (Berkley Prime Crime)
Cynthia Kuhn, The Study of Secrets (Henery Press)
Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel (The Bruce Alexander Memorial for books covering events before 1970)
James W. Ziskin, Turn to Stone (Seventh Street Books)
For a full list of all the books and their authors under award consideration, go to the official Left Coast site at 2021 Lefty Awards: The Unconvention
Several SMFS list members have short stories in Black Cat Mystery Magazine #8. Published by Wildside Press, the read is currently available in eBook format at Amazon as well as print, and at other vendors. The SMFS members in the issue are:
Editor Michael Bracken with his editorial, “From The Cat’s Perch.”
John M. Floyd with “The Big Picture.”
Barb Goffman with “An Inconvenient Sleuth.”
M. A. Monnin with “St. Killian’s Choice.”
Elizabeth Zelvin with “An Artist In The Harem.”
The first Black Cat Mystery Magazine of 2021 presents 7 compelling original tales, plus a classic reprint by Donald Barr Chidsey. Included are:
TRIP UP ON HIGH STREET, by John Hegenberger
ST. KILLIAN’S CHOICE, by M.A. Monnin
YOU LOSE, WE FIND, by Jon Matthew Farber
THE BIG PICTURE, by John M. Floyd
AN ARTIST IN THE HAREM, by Elizabeth Zelvin
PLANTED IN MIDAIR, by D.V. Bennett
AN INCONVENIENT SLEUTH, by Barb Goffman
"Just Another Bum," by Donald Barr Chidsey
SMFS list member John Floyd’s mystery driven short story, “The Warden’s Game” appears in the in the recently released anthology, Winter’s Vindication. Published by Summerstorm Press, the read is available from the publisher and Amazon. John is also interviewed in relation to his story and more here at the publisher.
In these nine stories of frost and snow, join a collection of survivors as they fight to overcome nuclear winter, 100 years of ice, elder gods, frozen deities, a town ruled by thugs, and more. This premier anthology from SummerStorm press features the writing of C. Marry Hultman, Christine Watts, Erin Fanning, Thaddeus Rutkowski, John M. Floyd, David Green, Derek Power, Louise Pierce, and Abigail Linhardt.
Several SMFS list members are published in the new Pulp Modern: Volume Two, Issue Six. Published by Uncle B. Publications / Larque Press, LLC, the read is available in both print and eBook formats at Amazon. Edited by SMFS list member Alec Cizak, the latest issue includes short stories by several other SMFS list members. Those other SMFS list members are:
John Floyd with “Twenty Minutes in Riverdale.”
Stephen J. Golds with “Hari-Kari.”
Stephen D. Rogers with “With Hindsight."
Louise Taylor with “Tall Tales.”
The greatest multi-genre fiction digest of the 21st century returns with eight stunning short stories by John M. Floyd, Stephen J. Golds, Matthew X. Gomez, Stephen D. Rogers, Louise Taylor, Dustin Walker, and Patrick Whitehurst. This issue features a non-fiction article by Anthony Perconti. Bob Vojtko provides more entertaining cartoons. Art director Richard Krauss and illustrator Ran Scott have worked their tails off making this the most stunning issue yet. Chief editor Alec Cizak simply allowed all this talent to come together and create yet another gold standard for independent fiction digests.
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Monday, January 18, 2021
Today is publication day for Sugar Got Low by SMFS list member Frank Zafiro. The short story collection is available in print and eBook at Amazon and other vendors. You can learn more about the book at Mr. Zafiro’s website.
SUGAR GOT LOW contains a tale of grifters, a prequel story to the well-regarded Ania series, several trips back to River City and one to La Sombra, Texas. Enjoy a Walter Mitty homage set in San Francisco and a deadly day in Roman Britain, the heartbreaking story of a junkie and the suspenseful one of a murderer in a black car. And at the end of it all, you'll experience the dark but inspiring title story of perseverance that was only made possible because of a misunderstood lyric.Four-time Derringer finalist Frank Zafiro weaves a lucky thirteen tales drawn from throughout his career with one thing in common - characters you may love or hate, but will certainly feel.
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Friday, January 15, 2021
Thursday, January 14, 2021
SMFS list member Pam Ebel’s short story, “Shan Fa” appears in the January 13, 2021, issue of the weekly newsletter Texas Gardener’s Seeds. You can read it online for free here.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Monday, January 11, 2021
SMFS list member Frank Zafiro is interviewed at the podcast, “You Really Shouldn’t Have.” In Episode 39, he discusses his journey as a writer and his River City novels as well as bad gifts. The podcast is on the Spotify subscription service and can be heard here.
Sunday, January 10, 2021
SMFS list member Stephen D. Rogers has released two short story collections on Amazon. They Stalk Because They Can and Three More PI Stories came out at the end of December. That was followed approximately a week later by the companion book, The Man Wore Motley and Three More Crime Stories. Both books are part of the and Three More Series available in eBook format at Amazon.
Synopsis for They Stalk Because They Can and Three More PI Stories
The private investigators in this collection of four stories will never be mistaken for knights in shining armor.
Synopsis for The Man Wore Motley and Three More Crime Stories
When you don't have access to the benefits of privilege, you find other ways to get by.
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Several SMFS list members have short stories in the recently published anthology, Mardi Gras Mysteries. Published by Mystery and Horror, LLC, the read is available at Amazon in print and eBook. The SMFS list members in the read are:
Tom Andes with "Keep Your Head Up."
Nancy Brewka-Clark "Unholy Beads.”
DG Critchley with "The Brass Menagerie."
John Floyd with “Spell Check.”
By popular demand, we present the sequel to Mardi Gras Murder. Mardi Gras Mysteries offers seventeen tales of crime, mayhem, and murder set during the celebration and licentiousness of Carnival.
For a savory sample of New Orleans lore, take a sip of “A Prayer to Momus” by DJ Tyrer or “Carnival Carnage” by John Kiste. For a dish of redemption and revenge, returning author and Louisiana native Nathan Pettigrew serves up “The Steel Pelican.” Is a mystery with a literary flavor more to your taste? Try “The Brass Menagerie” by DG Critchley. If you prefer a racier seasoning, there’s “Unholy Beads” and “Gussy Saint and the Case of the Three-Boobed Woman.” For the deepest bowl of intrigue, we end with “Keep Your Head Up,” a thriller by Tom Andes.
Thursday, January 7, 2021
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
SMFS list member Bev Vincent’s novella, The Ogilvy Affair: A novella is now out. It is available in eBook format at Amazon.
First came the warning note.
Then someone took a shot at Clifford Ogilvy, publisher of the Harrisville Dispatch. The would-be killer missed, but he or she will likely try again.
Enter Quentin Sawyer, a private detective from Houston who responds to Ogilvy's request for an investigator to find out who's trying to kill him. Sawyer is a fish out of water at the luxurious Ogilvy mansion and in small town Harrisville. He soon discovers that his problem isn't finding someone who has a motive to murder his powerful client. Just about everyone in town has a reason to dislike Ogilvy.
Sawyer needs to narrow down the long list of suspects before the killer tries again.
Monday, January 4, 2021
Sunday, January 3, 2021
Sadly there are some people in the world who haven't discovered the joys of short fiction. We invited members of the Society to list stories they thought would make a great introduction to the field, and here are their suggestions. Most but not all are mysteries. We have compiled sources for each story but we will have to put them in a separate note.
|Allingham||Margery||The Villa Marie Celeste|
|Barrie||J.M.||The Adventure of the two collaborators|
|Barthelme||Donald||The Joker's Greatest Triumph|
|Bierce||Ambrose||An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge|
|Bierce||Ambrose||A Horseman in the sky|
|Borges||Jorge Luis||Borges and I|
|Bradbury||Ray||The Fruit at the bottom of the bowl|
|Bradbury||Ray||The Whole Town's Sleeping,|
|Chan||Christopher||Six year old serial killer|
|Cheever||John||The Enormous Radio|
|Child||Lee||Guy walks into a bar|
|Christensen||Jan||Artie and the long-legged woman|
|Collier||John||Thus I refute Beelzy|
|Connell||Richard||The most dangerous game|
|Dahl||Roald||Lamb to the Slaughter|
|de Maupassant||Guy||The Necklace|
|Dick||Philip K.||The Box|
|Doyle||Arthur C||The Adventure of the Speckled Band|
|du Maurier||Daphne||Don't look now|
|du Maurier||Daphne||The Birds|
|Ellison||Harlan||Jeffty is five|
|Fitzgerald||F. Scott||A Diamond as big as the ritz|
|Galsworthy||John||Under the Apple Tree|
|Garcia Marquez||Gabriel||Death Constant Beyond Love|
|Gilman||Charlotte Perkins||The Yellow wallpaper|
|Glaspell||Elizabeth||A Jury of her peers|
|Grafton||Sue||A Poison that leaves no trace|
|Hardy||Melissa||The Uncharted Heart|
|Hemingway||Ernest||Hills Like White Elephants|
|Henry||O||The Gift of the magi|
|Henry||O||The Ransom of red chief|
|Hill||Joe||20th century ghost|
|Jackson||Shirley||The Possibility of Evil|
|Jacobs||WW||The Monkey's Paw|
|James||PD||Great Aunt Allie's Flypapers|
|King||Stephen||Mrs Todd's Shortcut|
|King||Stephen||Last Rung on the Ladder|
|Knight||Damon||The Country of the Kind|
|Lansdale||Joe R||The Night they missed the horror show|
|Lehane||Dennis||Running out of dog|
|Lippman||Laura||Crack Cocaine Diet|
|Oates||Joyce Carol||Where are you going, where have you been?|
|O'Connor||Flannery||A Good Man is hard to find|
|Pachter||Josh||The Odds are Good|
|Poe||Edgar A||The Murders in the Rue Morgue|
|Poe||Edgar A||A Cask of Amontillado|
|Ritchie||Jack||The Green Heart|
|Sa'edi||Gholam-Hossein||Game is over|
|Slaughter||Karin||Remmy Rothstein Toes the Line|
|Spark||Muriel||The Portobello Road|
|Sturgeon||Theodore||A Way of Thinking|
|Symons||Julian||The Flowers That Bloom in the Spring|
|Taylor||Art||English 398: Fiction Workshop|
|Thurber||James W.||The Secret Life of Walter Mitty|
|Winslow||Don||San Diego Zoo|
|Wodehouse||PG||Crime wave at Blandings|
Here are sources for the stories mentioned in the other entry. In some cases there are books; in some websites. Many of the stories are available from various sources. Enjoy!
|The Villa Marie Celeste||Allingham Casebook|
|The Adventure of the two collaborators||http://www.diogenes-club.com/collab.htm|
|The Joker's Greatest Triumph||Collected Stories|
|An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge||http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/375|
|A Horseman in the sky||https://tinyurl.com/y79vu3mz|
|Borges and I||Dreamtigers|
|Achates McNeil||New Yorker, June 26 and July 3, 1995|
|The Fruit at the bottom of the bowl||The Golden Apples of the Sun|
|The Jar||October Country|
|The Whole Town's Sleeping,||Dandelion wine|
|Voodoo||From these ashes|
|Proof||Portrait of a Judge|
|Six year old serial killer||https://tinyurl.com/y8qz88bh|
|The Enormous Radio||Stories of John Cheever|
|Guy walks into a bar||https://tinyurl.com/y724o2qn|
|Artie and the long-legged woman||https://tinyurl.com/ybbratx8|
|Thus I refute Beelzy||Fancies and Goodnights|
|The most dangerous game||https://tinyurl.com/ydaaare4|
|Lamb to the Slaughter||Lamb to the Slaughter|
|The Box||The Little Black Box|
|Babette's feast||Modern Classics|
|The Adventure of the Speckled Band||https://tinyurl.com/k39ruun|
|Don't look now||Don't look now|
|The Birds||Don't look now|
|Lifted Veil||Gateway to Great Books|
|Soft Monkey||Angry Candy|
|Jeffty is five||Shatterday|
|A Diamond as big as the ritz||Gateway to Great Books|
|Under the Apple Tree||Gateway to Great Books|
|Death Constant Beyond Love||Collected Stories|
|The Yellow wallpaper||https://tinyurl.com/pjhgczm|
|A Jury of her peers||troubled daughters, twisted wives|
|A Poison that leaves no trace||Kinsey and me|
|Crack||Best American Noir of the Century|
|The Uncharted Heart||Best American Short Stories 1999|
|Stolen Party||Other Fires: Short Fiction by Latin American Women|
|Hills Like White Elephants||Complete short stories|
|The Gift of the magi||https://tinyurl.com/j4pmocp|
|The Ransom of red chief||https://tinyurl.com/y8mgu3tn|
|20th century ghost||20th century ghost|
|Second Talent||Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories to Stay Awake|
|The Possibility of Evil||Just an ordinary day|
|The Monkey's Paw||https://tinyurl.com/gmk3of9|
|Great Aunt Allie's Flypapers||International Treasury of Mystery & Suspense|
|Dirty Story||Anatolian Tales|
|Mrs Todd's Shortcut||Skeleton Crew|
|Last Rung on the Ladder||Night Shift|
|The Country of the Kind||In Deep|
|The Night they missed the horror show||By Bizarre Hands|
|Running out of dog||Best American Noir of the Century|
|Crack Cocaine Diet||https://tinyurl.com/y7ee4953|
|Disinheritors||Collected Stories vol 1|
|Where are you going, where have you been?||Where are you going, where have you been?|
|A Good Man is hard to find||A Good Man is hard to find|
|The Odds are Good||https://tinyurl.com/ybmxj2t5|
|The Murders in the Rue Morgue||https://tinyurl.com/y98z2km9|
|A Cask of Amontillado||https://tinyurl.com/ycsmrw53|
|The Green Heart||Little Boxes of Bewilderment|
|My Boat||Zanzibar Cat|
|Game is over||Dandil|
|Remmy Rothstein Toes the Line||https://tinyurl.com/y7qa6ebm|
|The Portobello Road||Stories of Muriel Spark|
|A Way of Thinking||E Pluribus Unicorn|
|The Flowers That Bloom in the Spring||A New Omnibus of Crime|
|English 398: Fiction Workshop||The Boy Detective & The Summer of ’74|
|The Secret Life of Walter Mitty||https://tinyurl.com/ya6kg9g2|
|The Funeral||Infinity Box|
|San Diego Zoo||Broken|
|Crime wave at Blandings||Wodehouse on Crime|
Several SMFS list members are published in the Mystery Weekly Magazine: January 2021 issue. The read is available in both print and eBook from the publisher and at Amazon. The SMFS members in this issue are:
Peter DiChellis with “A Conventional Murder.” This is the “A-You-Solve-It” story for this month with the conclusion appearing next month.
R. T. Lawton with “The Clean Car Company.”
Alan Orloff with “Auditions Can Be Murder.”
Josh Pachter with “The Night Movers.”
At the cutting edge of crime fiction, Mystery Weekly Magazine presents original short stories by the world’s best-known and emerging mystery writers.
The stories we feature in our monthly issues span every imaginable subgenre, including cozy, police procedural, noir, whodunit, supernatural, hardboiled, humor, and historical mysteries. Evocative writing and a compelling story are the only certainty.
Get ready to be surprised, challenged, and entertained--whether you enjoy the style of the Golden Age of mystery (e.g., Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle), the glorious pulp digests of the early twentieth century (e.g., Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler), or contemporary masters of mystery.
Our cover story, “The Dark Side Of The River” by Brendan DuBois, discovers how far one man will go to help a brother whose earlier betrayal sent him to jail.“The Clean Car Company” by R.T. Lawton: When you offer a brand-new type of start-up business to the criminal element, you can't always depend upon them to be trustworthy. Even when they pay half upfront.In “A Day At The Office” by Anne Swardson, a Paris pickpocket who loves high fashion has something a high-rolling drug dealer urgently wants.“Auditions Can Be Murder” by Alan Orloff: Professional theater can be a cutthroat business, and everyone is just playing a role, heroes and villains, alike.In “Stakeout” by Caleb Coy, five people stakeout a hotel room, unaware that they are having the same bizarre conversation.“Why Do They Have To Make It Easy?” by Mike McHone: When the man who was sent to prison for killing Hal Richards' wife shows up on the Detective's doorstep, old wounds are reopened and secrets revealed. But is the escaped convict there for a more sinister reason?“The Night Movers” by Josh Pachter: When you're looking for a clean break and a fresh start, the Night Movers are there to help …In “Going Out To Sea” by Vy Kava, Jake Walsh received a free ticket from the Gallagher Museum of Art to view an art collection and soon learned that nothing ever comes free.“The Recidivists” by Mark Feggeler Bryan Waller is murdered one morning on his way to work. Things only get worse when it happens again the following day.The issue finishes with a You-Solve-It mystery “A Conventional Murder” by Peter DiChellis.Custom cover art by Robin Grenville Evans
Saturday, January 2, 2021
SMFS list member John Floyd’s short story, “Nobody’s Business” appears in the new special holiday issue of The Strand Magazine. The issue is available at the website.
Friday, January 1, 2021
SMFS list members have short stories in Mystery Tribune: Issue No. 14. The recently published issue is available on the website in print and eBook Formats. The SMFS members in the issue are:
Tom Barker with “Payback is a Bitch.”
Brian Silverman with "Cow Foot."
Issue Nº14 features:
A curated collection of short fiction including stories by Lori Roy, Brendan DuBois, Reed Farrel Coleman, Brian Silverman, Charles Salzberg, Chris Knopf, Duncan Birmingham, David Berger, Robert Kostanczuk, and Emily Ruth Verona.
Interviews, Essay and Reviews by Tobias Carroll, Scott Adlerberg, Dana Robbins, William Ryan, and MJ McGrath.
Art and Photography by Vyacheslav Ivanov and more.
This issue also features a preview of the new graphic novel Rivers of London Volume 8: The Fey and the Furious by Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel, and Lee Sullivan.
NY Times Bestselling author Reed Farrel Coleman has called Mystery Tribune “a cut above” and mystery grand masters Lawrence Block and Max Allan Collins have praised it for its “solid fiction” and “the most elegant design”.
An elegantly crafted quarterly issue, printed on uncoated paper and with a beautiful layout designed for optimal reading experience, our Issue Nº14 will make a perfect companion or gift for avid mystery readers and fans of literary crime fiction.
SMFS list member Joseph Benedetto has two short stories in two different recently published anthologies.
His short story, “The Dead Men on Asteroid 3-19 Delta” appears in Asteroids!: Stories of Space Adventure. Published by Lagrange Books, the anthology is available in both print and ebook formats at Amazon.
Tiny specks in the void, devoid of life, inhospitable to visitors—asteroids are the ultimate expression of stark implacable reality. A big enough asteroid can scour the life from entire planets, if any are unlucky enough to cross its path. Yet as humans reach out into space, asteroids beckon with the lure of untold riches.Rediscover the wonders of space as you read short stories ranging from the whimsical to the thrilling. Journey into the last frontier in search of wealth. Put down roots and raise a family alongside some unusual neighbors. Explore the surprising beauty of secret places and ancient rock. Seek justice for lonely miners murdered for their claim. Cut one last desperate deal to escape a planet on fire.Experience the cosmic awe of asteroids.Asteroids! Stories of Space Adventure features the following short stories:“The Dead Men on Asteroid 3-19 Delta,” by Joseph Benedetto“Fabio-14 (ETC.),” by T.E. Ackerson“Fragile,” by Misha Burnett“The Shot Launched Around the World,” by Geoffrey Hart“Resonance,” by Kenneth B. Chiacchia“The Planetoid of Doom: A Rory Rammer, Space Marshal Adventure,” by Ron N. Butler“Rumblings,” by Roy Gray“Bad Egg: A Sundog Tale,” by Bruce F. WebsterWith an introduction by editor Oren Litwin.More anthologies from Lagrange Books!Ye Olde Magick Shoppe: Stories of Magic for SaleThe Wand that Rocks the Cradle: Magical Stories of Family
His short story, "Murder, and a Multitude of Other Sins" appears in the anthology, Fark in the Time of Covid: The Fark 2020 Fiction Anthology. Published by Fark.Com, the read is available in print and eBook formats at Amazon.
From across the far reaches of the internet, the community at Fark.com presents . . . Fark in the Time of Covid: The 2020 Fark Fiction Anthology.Our editors have worked feverishly to bring you the best short fiction of 2020 from the minds and imaginations at Fark, the online community where snark is king and wit reigns supreme.Time travel. Murder. Vampires. A basement apartment for rent. More vampires. Zombies. Aliens. Even more vampires! Whatever that thing was. And last but not least, Florida.And even better, for the fifth year in a row, all proceeds from the sale of this anthology will benefit an excellent children’s charity chosen by the posters at Fark.com.Mask up your squirrel and sanitize the slatted chair of woe, because this is Fark in the Time of Covid.
SMFS list member Laura Elvebak’s short story, “A Mexican Adventure” appears in the recently released, Every Beast Has a Secret: An Anthology of Texas Mysteries on the Wild Side. Published by The Final Twist Writers Society, the read is available in print and eBook formats at Amazon.
Short stories involving animals who create, see, or solve mysteries: Cash Anthony, Not Guilty; James R. Davis, Detective Cobra; Laura Elvebak, A Mexican Adventure; Regina Olson, You Don't Belong; Mark Phillips, Spider; Natasha Storfer, An Amiable Farewell; Jack Strandburg, Dog Gone Missing; and C.J Sweet, Three Dogs, Dancing; plus flash fiction and others.
SMFS list members have short stories in the recently published Vautrin, Volume 2, Issue 2, Winter 2020 issue. The read is available in paperback from the publisher. The SMFS list members in the issue are:
Jay Butkowski with “Pills.”
Nikki Dolson with “Neighbors.”
Nick Kolakowski with “Cleaning House.”
A good short story grabs you with a compelling voice while going where you’ve never been. In the Winter 2020 issue of Vautrin, you’ll attend a wild early 20th century soiree, hang with grifters, eavesdrop on a prison writer’s workshop, and tough it out with hard luck characters on the brink of disaster. The writers in this issue—which includes Scott Phillips, Nikki Dolson, Thomas Pluck, Nick Kolakowski, Jen Conley, Bruce Jacobs, Paul Dee Fecteau, Stanton McCaffery, Peter Blauner and Jay Butkowski—are among the most interesting in crime fiction as it continues to evolve in the here and now.