“Show Stopper” Nominated by ITW!

Imagine my surprise when I saw a tweet congratulating me on my nomination.


It *was* April Fool’s Eve. Cruel prank or honest mistake?

But it turned out to be true. True! My short story “Show Stopper” (about killer Soviet fashion) which appeared in Mystery Writers of America Presents ICE COLD: TALES OF INTRIGUE FROM THE COLD WAR was nominated by International Thriller Writers for best short story:  http://thrillerwriters.org/programs/2015-thriller-awards/

Let me repeat—a nomination!!!  My first ever. Unreal! And by a favorite writing organization–International Thriller Writers.

I’ve been pinching myself ever since. And I can’t wait to celebrate with fellow nominees at the gala awards ceremony at Thrillerfest in July in New York.

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2014: the year of “Show Stopper”

2014 was a very good year for my short story “Show Stopper.”

The story is about killer Soviet fashion during the Cold War and is set during the 1959 Soviet Exhibition in New York City. Think MAD MEN but with an all female cast and murder.

First, it was selected for publication in the prestigious Mystery Writers of America anthology ICE COLD edited by Jeffery Deaver and Raymond Benson.

Then, film rights were acquired by Kamala Films (Publishers Lunch announcement, sorry registration required).

Thanks Kamala Films, Steve Fisher of APA, and Helen Heller (my agent) of The Helen Heller Agency for everything.

Crazy exciting!

I leave you with a brief small screen documentary from 1959. Can’t wait to see how the characters, setting, and plot are interpreted and re-imagined for the modern big screen.

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“One for the Road” Podcast

For your listening pleasure….

My short story “One for the Road” which was published in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine in the Jan/Feb 2006 issue is now a podcast. It went live today and can be downloaded here: http://ahmm.podomatic.com/entry/2014-06-27T09_16_36-07_00

It’s free to all courtesy of AHMM and Dell Magazines. (Thanks guys!) I did the reading (my first!) at the Bouchercon 2013 Mystery Convention (not my first, my fourth) in Albany. The very faint background hum in the background is convention center and crowd noise from mystery enthusiasts.

The story is one of my favorites. It’s set in Prohibition Detroit and it concerns a gun moll’s missing purse which is a matter of life and death.

Michigan & Griswold circa 1920 from Early Detroit Images from the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library

I hope you enjoy it.

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