Whatever you call them, gumshoe, shamus, Pinkerton, detective, private eye, P.I., shadow, tail, investigator, and wherever you need them, from East to West, North to South. They’re all here.
From the hard pavement of Brooklyn, New York, to the mean dusty streets of Carson City. Down to sultry New Orleans and the freak show that’s Venice, CA. From the flim-flammers of Waco, Texas to DC, Las Vegas to San Berdoo and LA. And from Iowa City to San Diego and small town North Carolina—not to mention the low-life drug dealers in a little place called King’s Quarter, Maine. No one is safe in this impressive collection featuring fifteen original private eye stories. Crime fiction connoisseurs will visit one major crime scene after another with some of today’s best-of-the-best crime writers serving as tour guides. Poisoned-pen masters like: Joe Abramo, Eric Beetner, Michael Bracken, Meredith Cole, Matt Coyle, Tom Donohue, John Floyd, Gay Kinman, Terrill Lee Lankford, Janice Law, Paul D. Marks, Andrew McAleer, O’Neil DeNoux, Robert J. Randisi, and Art Taylor.
COAST TO COAST: PRIVATE EYES FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA features suspense stories ranging from hardboiled to psychological to thrillers. And while these stories differ in locale, climate, mood and tone, they all resonate with the dark underbelly of crime.
Andrew McAleer and Paul D. Marks recently took time to discuss their anthology with The Big Thrill:
Paul D. Marks pulled a gun on the LAPD…and lived to tell about it. Which makes him uniquely qualified to write mystery and noir stories. Paul’s novel White Heat won the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America. Publishers Weekly calls White Heat a “…taut crime yarn.” Midwest Book Review says: “White Heat is a riveting read of mystery, much recommended.” Paul’s story “Howling at the Moon” is short-listed for both this year’s (2015) Anthony Award and Macavity Award for Best Short Story. It was published in the November 2014 issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and came in #7 in their Reader’s Poll Award. His latest noir-thriller, Vortex, will be out in summer, 2015. LA Late @ Night is a collection of five of his previously published short stories. He also has the distinction, dubious though it might be, of being the last person to have shot a film on the fabled MGM backlot before it bit the dust to make way for condos. According to Steven Bingen, one of the authors of the well-received book MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot: “That forty-page chronological list I mentioned of films shot at the studio ends with his [Paul D. Marks’] name on it.”
Andrew McAleer is the editor of Crimestalker Casebook and best-selling author of seven books including the 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists, A Miscellany of Murder, Fatal Deeds, and Mystery Writing in a Nutshell, which he co-authored with his father, Edgar winner John McAleer. Past president of the Boston Authors Club, Mr. McAleer teaches at Boston College and works in public service. He is a winner of the Sherlock Holmes Revere Bowl Award. As a sergeant in the U.S. Army, he served in Afghanistan as a Combat Historian. He is also a commissioned Kentucky Colonel.