The Los Pinos Series, featured in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, is a rural-noir story following the life and death struggles of a young man in 1960s California as the world in which he grew up changes rapidly around him.
In this story a man is attempting to rise out of his deepening sense of alienation from the world when he finds a baby abandoned on the frozen food aisle in a supermarket shopping cart. “The Night Crew” was originally published by Every Day Fiction
“Bystander Boondoggle” was originally published in Mystery Weekly Magazine. This story’s protagonist is down on his luck and just wants to enjoy a quiet holiday alone in his shack, but his plans are thwarted by murder, intrigue and romance. Pull up a slice of pie, kick your shoes off and enjoy this short Thanksgiving story. “Bystander Boondoggle.” Get the issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine.
In “Nothing Doing,” a booze-fueled, windmill-tilting Daisy Belle is armed with nothing but brass knuckles and a misled sense of justice as she gets to the bottom of nothing, and leaves a trail of blood and teeth in her wake. Hold on to your drink and watch Daisy unzip the criminal underbelly of Southern California.
A man is marked for assassination but his advanced-stage cancer will kill him within days. The hitman hired to take out the dying man will have to decide whether to see his job through or let nature take its course.
When police detectives come knocking at his door, the narrator of “Vertical Blind” finds out a shouting match he heard the previous night coming from a nearby alley was the sound of a woman screaming for her life and not the usual everyday drunks he is used to. The fight he heard that night had been a fight to the death.
This flash fiction story, originally published by Shotgun Honey follows a woman who just has to walk a few miles, across a well-guarded boarder. She doesn’t know where her son is. She doesn’t know if she’ll make it. She has to make it. Written by Carl Robinette.
This flash fiction story, originally published by, Shotgun Honey, tells the story of a young woman in a crisis of self reflection who must face down an armed robber at a convenience store. Written by Carl Robinette.