February, 1964: Two men die in a squalid alley in a bad neighborhood. New York Homicide Detective Seamus O’Reilly receives the shock of his life when he looks at the men’s identification: J. Edgar Hoover, the famous, tyrannical director of the FBI, and his number one assistant, Clyde Tolson.
O’Reilly teams up with FBI agent Frank Bryce to solve the high-level assassination before the murders unleash even greater consequences.
In our world, Hoover kept his secrets until long after his death. In Seamus O’Reilly’s world, Hoover’s secrets get him killed.
The acclaimed short story that inspired the award-winning novel, The Enemy Within.
“G-Men,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
To pay off her law school debts, Kerrie works in the public defender’s office at the Interspecies Court. Her workload includes more clients than she can defend, most of them from cultures she does not understand.
The public defender’s office loses almost all of its cases, but sometimes it gets a win. Kerrie thinks she has a winner. But does she? Or will winning the case mean she loses at everything else?
“The Impossibles,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
Patricia Taylor’s spinning class instructor hates her: maybe because of the extra eighty pounds she carries on her frame or maybe because of the way she struggles while everyone else in class does just fine. But when her instructor ends up dead, Patricia must deal with her feelings for him and for everyone else in her small coastal town—including the killer.
An Edgar Award finalist and one of the top ten stories of the year in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
“Spinning,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
To cope with his wife’s death, Petras must come to terms with the reality of it. He needs to see her body, visit the place where she died…understand why she died.
But the closer Petras gets to the place Hedie died, the more questions he faces—questions that might destabilize everything Petras thinks he knows.
“The City’s Edge,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
When Helmie—a pampered Persian cat worth millions—goes missing, the estate hires not one but two investigators to find him.
Kelsie uses magic to track down lost animals. But in this case, even she wonders if she can find Helmie.
Travis normally uses his investigation skills to track down people, not lost pets. And he works alone.
But when the pair find themselves on the same trail to Helmie’s whereabouts, they realize finding Helmie will prove only the beginning. Rescuing him might just take more magic than either of them realize.
“Helmie,” by World Fantasy Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
When the storm of the century hits Whale Rock, Sheriff Dan Retsler does everything he can to prevent hundreds of deaths. Everything except the thing that could have prevented the storm in the first place. He should have listened to the beautiful woman who came to his office before the storm hit.
He should have believed in her magic. But he didn’t. And now he must face himself—and the horrible results of a storm he could have prevented.
“Strange Creatures” by World Fantasy Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.
When Detective Mick Hanrahan finds himself subpoenaed back to Seavy County, Oregon, for a homicide case involving his former job, he dreads every minute of it.
But Mick quickly discovers the case, which he thought a slam-dunk, involves angles he never expected.
In a small county with understaffed legal and law enforcement departments, Mick might hold the key to preventing any further injustice.
“Overworked” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.
My special holiday reading continued until December 18 when, to my surprise, I found I couldn’t read yet another story about any holiday ever, thank you very much. I even switched to very bloody mystery stories (with a holiday theme) and that didn’t even work. So I wandered around, lost, for a day or so, and then decided I could stop reading holiday stories and […]
I told you in my last eclectic post about stuff I’m doing that I’ve had to schedule posts like this after my writing. Yes, Diving is still eating my brain. I’m fighting back with sticky notes and reminders on my writing computer calendar. Tonight’s reminder told me to do something hard. Which I’m punting, because I want to research my next blog post. Instead, I’m […]
The man who calls himself Matt Sturtz only connects with other human beings at Christmas. He takes a job as a mall Santa, and marvels that no one checks his résumé, or his identification for that matter.
But this year, something goes wrong. Something he will not stand for. Something he must stop. No matter how much it costs him. No matter what goes wrong.
“Rehabilitation,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.