Today is publication day for the anthology, The Great Filling Station Holdup: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Jimmy Buffett. In addition to the several SMFS list members in the book, SMFS list member Josh Pachter edited the anthology and wrote the introduction. Published by Down & Out Books, the read is available in eBook and print formats at the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors. In alphabetical order, the SMFS members and their stories are:
Michael Bracken with “Tampico Trauma.”
Micki Browning with “Einstein was a Surfer.”
John M. Floyd with “Spending Money.”
Leigh Lundin with “Truckstop Salvation.”
Laura Oles with “Everybody's on the Run.”
Josh Pachter with “The Great Filling Station Holdup.”
Lissa Redmond with “If I Could Just Get It on Paper.”
Elaine Viets with “We Are the People Our Parents Warned Us About.”
Editor Jopsh Pachter also created an Apple music playlist for the book. Mr. Pachter reports that, unfortunately, Apple does not have the “Beach House on the Moon” album that includes the song, “Spending Money” which was the inspiration for Mr. Floyd’s story, “Spending Money.”
Jimmy Buffett is one of the great contemporary singer/songwriters, and it’s hard to imagine a citizen of Planet Earth unfamiliar with such classic hits as “Margaritaville.” Jimmy has also written novels, children’s books, memoirs, and a stage musical based on Herman Wouk’s Don’t Stop the Carnival, and his family-friendly concerts almost always sell out to audiences comprised of a mix of dedicated Parrotheads, casual fans, and newbies.
In The Great Filling Station Holdup, editor Josh Pachter presents sixteen short crime stories by sixteen popular and up-and-coming crime writers, each story based on a song from one of the twenty-eight studio albums Jimmy has released over the last half century, from Leigh Lundin’s take on “Truckstop Salvation” (which appeared on Jimmy’s first LP, 1970’s Down to Earth) to M.E. Browning’s interpretation of “Einstein Was a Surfer” (from Jimmy’s most recent recording, 2013’s Songs from St. Somewhere).
If you love Jimmy’s music or crime fiction or both, you’ll love The Great Filling Station Holdup. Mix yourself a boat drink, ask Alexa to put on a buffet of Buffett tunes, kick back, and enjoy!