A Beast Without a Name

Crime Fiction Inspired by the Music of Steely Dan

A Beast Without a Name

Featuring Jim's story "No Static at All"

Think you can’t buy a thrill? This book proves you wrong.

Katy lied.

Or did she?

As with the blues and Elvis and somebody else’s favorite song, it’s open to interpretation.

These twelve tales interpret shady pasts, dubious presents, and doomed futures. There’s no hiding inside a hall of rock and sand from stories as deliciously wicked and terrifically twisty as the jazz-rock noir that inspired them.

These masters of crime fiction heard the call and wrote it on the wall for you and me.

As they name the beast, they make alive worldly wonders in characters you’ve known for decades through the hypnotically woven tapestries of Steely Dan, destined to live on as indelibly as the hallucinatory memories in the caves of Altamira.

Edited by Brian Thornton with stories by Steve Brewer, W.H. Cameron, Reed Farrel Coleman, Libby Cudmore, Aaron Erickson, Naomi Hirahara, Matthew Quinn Martin, Richie Narvaez, Kat Richardson, Peter Spiegelman, Jim Thomsen, and Jim Winter.

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West Coast Crime

West Coast Crime Wave

Featuring Jim's short story "Bad History"

This collection of crime fiction by some of the West Coast's best mystery writers will immerse the reader in a rich palette of colors that paints a broad mosaic of crime along the Pacific Rim. Running the length of the western edge of the country from Alaska to SoCal and back, these eighteen stories make their setting yet another character in the plot.

Starting with a foreword written by legendary Irish mystery writer Ken Bruen to tightly crafted stories by best-selling authors such as David Corbett, Steve Hockensmith, Simon Wood and Terrill Lee Lankford, to exciting new voices from the likes of Scotti Andrews and Jim Thomsen, mystery fans will enjoy a collection as wide-ranging and varied as the region itself.

West Coast Crime Wave is the first in a series of crime fiction anthologies and other works published in e-book format by BSTSLLR.Com, a new e-book press founded by Michael Wolf. This anthology, edited by Brian Thornton, includes short stories from some of the US west coast’s most popular crime fiction writers.

Authors included in this anthology:

Ken Bruen (Foreword)
Brian Thornton (Editor)
Scotti Andrews
Steve Brewer
Bill Cameron
David Corbett
Ted Hertel
Naomi Hirahara
Steve Hockenmith
Thomas Hopp
R.T. Lawton
Terrill Lee Lankford
Doug Levin
Nick Mamatas
Sam Roseme
Karla Stover
Jim Thomsen
Jim Winter
Simon Wood

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Road Rules

Road Rules

Mike is an insurance underwriter down on his luck. A stolen holy relic disappears on his watch, and he gets the ax for his trouble. Stan is a shifty repo man who owes his loan shark. He can pay off his debt if he takes a collectible Cadillac deVille to a Florida buyer. So he recruits Mike to help drive. They meet Cinnamon, a truckstop hooker who is anything but. She's a PI after the car, stolen from her client. Soon, a Cuban drug lord, Mike's rival at his former employer, and a Catholic bishop are all after the Caddie. Why? Guess where the relic is. It all careens from Cleveland toward a collision in Savannah, Georgia. It's a showdown in the Garden of Good and Evil, all with a nod toward Elmore Leonard.

Bad Religion

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Nick Kepler returns as he and his partner Elaine investigate a local pastor who might be skimming the collection plate. When one of Kepler's ops is killed after learning all is not what it seems, he and Elaine find themselves plunged into a whirlwind of shady real estate deals, religious politics, and kidnapping.

Second Hand Goods

Second Hand Goods
Part of the Nick Kepler series:

While tracking a bounty, Nick Kepler finds himself in a whirlwind case. Stuck with a stolen limo and a dead body, Nick has to find a way to navigate the competing interests of rival gangsters and corrupt cops. Can he find a way to get rid of the evidence while protecting protecting himself and his employer, or will he fall victim to the web of lies and sex that will lead to his undoing?

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Northcoast Shakedown

Northcoast Shakedown
Part of the Nick Kepler series:

Sex, lies, and insurance fraud. Freelance insurance investigator Nick Kepler has a sweet gig. Scoring office space and secretarial help from his former employer, they send him three cases that look like softballs – a dubious life insurance case meant more to save the underwriter than any company money, a worker comp cheat, and a referral to a politician’s wife with suspicions. What he does not expect is how they all tie together. When the connection becomes apparent, Kepler finds himself suspecting there is more to this than a cheating spouse and an ill-timed heart attack. He soon finds himself entangled in a web of sexual deviance, fraud, and even a decades-old murder, all uncomfortably close to Cleveland’s elite.

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