This year has seen a plethora of outstanding short story anthologies. Already this year, BOLO Books has covered Echoes of Sherlock Holmes, Blood On the Bayou, and Storm Warning – with a few others still to come, including today’s choice.
Sunshine Noir is edited by Annamaria Alfieri and Michael Stanley and contains a very strong collection of stories tied together by the warmer climate and temperatures of their various settings. Probably because of the dark and ominous nature of the genre, noir has often been viewed as the domain of less tropical locations, but this collection proves that heat and humidity can certainly lead to mayhem and murder.
Most crime fiction readers are aware that Hank Phillippi Ryan came to fiction writing by way of her highly successful investigative reporting career on Boston television, so it should be no surprise that her novels often feature hot-button topics which affect and reflect the society we live in. For example, while her new book – Say No More – covers a wide range of fascinating of topics, the core of the novel focuses on the epidemic of rape on college campus.
The Times Square of the Nineteen-Eighties looked vastly different to the family wonderland found in New York City today. Often described as a den of depravity, there is little doubt that at the time it was a sketchy and seedy place, but it was also a place populated by people simply trying to earn a living and make ends meet. It is there – at the intersection of saucy and surviving – that Christa Faust and Gary Phillips have chosen to set their new graphic comic: Peepland.