Edited by Jim Fusilli

Crime Plus Music edited by Jim Fusilli

Crime Plus Music

edited by Jim Fusilli

“A strong lineup of talent . . . hilarious . . . raw . . . exciting.” —ALA Booklist

“Fusilli’s music-themed anthology rocks with superb solos from a number of big-name mystery writers and others who deserve to be better known. . . . Splendid compilation.” —Publishers Weekly


Modern life seems to have a soundtrack for everything. Even crime.

CRIME PLUS MUSIC: Twenty Stories of Music-Themed Noir collects twenty darkly intense, music-related noir stories by world-renowned mystery authors Alison Gaylin, Craig Johnson, David Liss, Val McDermid, Gary Phillips, Peter Robinson and, from the music world, Galadrielle Allman, author of Please Be With Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman and award-winning songwriter-novelist Willy Vlautin. Edited by novelist and Wall Street Journal rock and pop music critic Jim Fusilli.

The lively anthology’s chilling, sinister tales tap into the span of rock and pop history, ranging from Peter Blauner’s heart-wrenching “The Last Temptation of Frankie Lymon” to Fusilli’s “Boy Wonder,” set in the world of contemporary electronic dance music; from Naomi Rand’s “The Misfits,” a punk-rock revenge saga to Mark Haskell Smith’s menacingly comedic “1968 Pelham Blue SG Jr.”; from Reed Farrel Coleman’s study of a one-hit wonder, “Look at Me/Don’t Look at Me” to Erica Wright’s account of betrayal among minor talents in “A Place You’re Likely to Find”—and many more.

In the hands of these modern masters of mystery fiction, CRIME PLUS MUSIC exposes the nasty side of the world of popular music, revealing it to be the perfect setting for noir.

CRIME PLUS MUSIC: Twenty Stories of Music-Themed Noir, Edited by Jim Fusilli ISBN: 978-1-941110-45-4 Trade Paperback; ISBN: 978-1-941110-46-1 ebook; 318 pages; $19.95 Publication date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016


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High Praise for CRIME PLUS MUSIC

“A strong lineup of talent . . . hilarious . . . raw . . . exciting.” —ALA Booklist

“Fusilli’s music-themed anthology rocks with superb solos from a number of big-name mystery writers and others who deserve to be better known. . . . Splendid compilation.” —Publishers Weekly

“Hits the mark . . . Superb sampling.” —Library Journal

“This is a collection that rocks!” —Reviewing the Evidence

“A genius hook for a crime anthology.” —San Francisco Book Review

“This short story collection could fill an Award shortlist all on its own. . .. Don’t-miss new writings from some of your favorite crime fiction authors – as well as some well-known folks from the music industry.” —BOLO Books

“The lineup of authors is impressive . . . A great idea.” —Book Loons

“In the hands of these modern masters of mystery fiction, CRIME PLUS MUSIC exposes the nasty side of the world of popular music, revealing it to be the perfect setting for noir.” —The Book Reporter

“The music behind the stories in this volume ranges from country to rock to pop to contemporary electronic dance music to (get this!) bagpipes . . . The stories are little gems.” —Deadly Pleasures

“Worthy short story collection.” —The Rap Sheet

About the Contributors to CRIME PLUS MUSIC

Galadrielle Allman is the author of Please Be With Me, A Song for My Father Duane Allman. She studied writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Berkeley, California, where she is working on a novel about teenage love and punk rock music. 
A lifelong New Yorker and recovering journalist, Peter Blauner is the author of seven novels, including the Edgar-winning Slow Motion Riot and the New York Times bestseller The Intruder. His short fiction has been anthologized in Best American Mystery Stories and on NPR’s Selected Shorts from Symphony Space. He has been a writer for several television shows, including Law & Order: SVU and Blue Bloods. His novel, Proving Ground, will be published in summer 2017. Website: www.peterblauner.com
Called a hard-boiled poet by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan and the “noir poet laureate” in the Huffington Post, Reed Farrel Coleman is the New York Times bestselling author of Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone series. He has published twenty-five novels in several series and standalones including the acclaimed Moe Prager mystery series and the Gus Murphy series. He is a three-time recipient of the Shamus Award for Best PI Novel and a three-time Edgar nominee in three categories. He has also received the Audie, Anthony, Macavity, and Barry awards. Website: www.reedcoleman.com
David Corbett is the author of five novels: The Devil’s Redhead, Done for a Dime (a New York Times Notable Book), Blood of Paradise (nominated for numerous awards, including the Edgar), Do They Know I’m Running (“A rich, hard-hitting epic”—Publishers Weekly, starred review), and The Mercy of the Night (“Superlative”—Booklist, starred review). His novella, The Devil Prayed and Darkness Fell, appeared in 2015, and his story collection Thirteen Confessions was released in 2016. His book on the craft of characterization, The Art of Character, has been called “a writer’s bible.” He’s a contributing editor for Writer’s Digest, and his nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, Narrative, and Zyzzyva, among others. Website: www.davidcorbett.com
Tyler Dilts is the author of the Long Beach Homicide series of crime novels featuring Detective Beckett. The son of a policeman, he grew up wanting to follow in his father’s footsteps. Along the way, his career goals changed, but he never lost his interest in the daily work of homicide detectives. Now an instructor at California State University in Long Beach, his novels include A King of Infinite Space, A Cold and Broken Hallelujah, and, most recently, Come Twilight. Website: www.facebook.com/tylerdiltsbooks
Bill Fitzhugh is the award-winning author of nine novels, ranging from comic thrillers to social satire to humorous mysteries. He has -written for radio, television, film, and the theater. He lives in Los Angeles. Website: www.billfitzhugh.com
Jim Fusilli is the author of eight novels, including Closing Time and Tribeca Blues, and several books of nonfiction about music, including Catching Up: Connecting With Great 21st Century Music. He is the rock and pop music critic of the Wall Street Journal and is the founder of www.ReNewMusic.net, a music website for grownups. He lives in New York. Website: www.jimfusilli.com
USA Today bestselling author Alison Gaylin has been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, and ITW Thriller awards and won the Shamus award for her Brenna Spector suspense series. Her ninth novel, What Remains of Me (William Morrow), is out now in hardcover and paperback. Website: www.alisongaylin.com
A. J. Hartley is the British-born international bestselling author of mystery/thriller, fantasy, historical fiction, and young adult novels, including The Mask of Atreus, On the Fifth Day, the Darwen Arkwright -children’s series, and, most recently Steeplejack, a young adult alter-native detective series. He is currently the Robinson Professor of Shakespeare studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, where he specializes in the performance history, theory, and criticism of Renaissance English drama, and works as a director and dramaturg. Website: www.ajhartley.net
Craig Johnson is The New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire mystery series, which has garnered popular and critical acclaim. Titles include The Cold Dish, Death Without Company, Another Man’s Moccasins, The Dark Horse (Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year), Junkyard Dogs, Hell Is Empty (Library Journal Best Mystery of the Year), and As the Crow Flies. The Walt Longmire series is the basis for the hit A&E drama, Longmire. Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five. Website: www.craigallenjohnson.com
David Liss is an Edgar- and Macavity-award winning author of ten novels, most recently Rebels, the second book in the Randoms trilogy. His previous bestselling books include The Coffee Trader and The Ethical Assassin, both of which are being developed as films, and A Conspiracy of Paper, which is now being developed for television. Liss is the author of numerous comics, including Mystery Men, Sherlock Holmes: Moriarty Lives and Angelica Tomorrow. Website: www.davidliss.com
Val McDermid is a best-selling, award-winning Scottish crime writer best known for her mystery, detective, and suspense novels including series featuring Dr. Tony Hill, Kate Brannigan, and Tony Hill with Carol Jordan. Her recent novel Out of Bounds, is The Sunday Times number one bestseller. Website: www.valmcdermid.com
Born under a bad sign, Gary Phillips must keep writing to forestall his appointment at the crossroads. He writes comic books, novels, short stories, novellas, scripts, and anything else he can get away with. He is currently president of the Private Eye Writers of America. He lives in Los Angeles. Website: www.gdphillips.com
Naomi Rand has published three Emma Price mysteries including The One That Got Away, Stealing for a Living, and It’s Raining Men. Her fiction and literary criticism appears in many small press magazines, among them The Flexible Persona, Other Voices, Melus, and North Dakota Quarterly. She has contributed to Hard Boiled Brooklyn and has written for numerous magazines and newspapers including Redbook, Parents, Ladies Home Journal, The New York Times, and the Boston Globe. She lives in Montclair, NJ, twelve miles west of New York City. Website: www.naomirand.com
Peter Robinson is a Canadian crime writer born in Britain. He is best known for his crime novels set in Yorkshire featuring Inspector Alan Banks. Several of the novels have been adapted for television under the series title DCI Banks. His work has received a number of honors including the Edgar, Anthony, and Arthur Ellis Awards. Website: www.inspectorbanks.com
Zoë Sharp opted out of mainstream education at the age of twelve and wrote her first novel at fifteen. She began her award-winning crime thriller series featuring bodyguard Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Fox after receiving death-threats in the course of her work as a photojournalist. She now writes -fiction full-time, interspersed with stints as an international pet-sitter. She lives in the English Lake District. Website: www.zoesharp.com
Mark Haskell Smith is the author of five novels including Moist, Delicious, Salty, Baked, and Raw: A Love Story, as well as the nonfiction books Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers and the Race to the Cannabis Cup, and Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist’s Adventures in the Clothing Optional World. He lives in Los Angeles. Website: www.markhaskellsmith.com
Willy Vlautin is the author of four novels: The Motel Life, Northline, Lean on Pete, and The Free. He is also the main songwriter for the bands Richmond Fontaine and The Delines. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon. Website: www.willyvlautin.com
Erica Wright’s latest crime novel The Granite Moth (Pegasus) was called “brisk, dark, slinky” by USA Today. Her debut, The Red Chameleon (Pegasus), was one of O, The Oprah Magazine’s Best Books of Summer. In addition to crime writing, she is an acclaimed poet, and is the poetry editor and a senior editor at Guernica Magazine as well as an editorial board member for Alice James Books. Website: www.ericawright.typepad.com
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