In October of 2017, the next Kris Nelscott novel will appear. It’ll feature Valentina Wilson instead of Smokey Dalton. (The next Smokey book will probably appear in 2018.) I’ve written about Val in Stone Cribs, and then again in a bunch of my short stories. She’s a different character in the short fiction than she is in Stone Cribs, due to life experience and the passage of time.
However, I’ve always wanted to write the novel that shows how she became the woman in the short stories. I had written three different versions before I realized I needed to tell a broader story. A Gym of Her Own will focus on Val, yes, but also on two other women—Pammy and Eagle.
Before I could write Gym, however, I needed to know who Pammy and Eagle were. So I did what I always do. I wrote a short story about them, which is now in the the January/February 2017 issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. The story “Blaming The Arsonist” features both women and the gym itself. You can even read an excerpt from the story online here.
I hope you enjoy the short story. I’ll let you know as soon as the novel becomes available for preorder.
I’m pleased to announce that my short story, “Still Life 1931,” appears in In Sunlight Or In Shadow, an anthology based on the paintings of Edward Hopper and edited by Lawrence Block. I’m in incredible company, and the reviews on this book are incredible. You can see some of them on the publisher’s website by clicking here.
The story follows Lurleen, a white woman. She first showed up in “The Monster in Our Midst,” as a secondary character. I needed to explore her motivations more, so I wrote this particular story. Yes, that means a new series, set in the 1920s, is pending. It’ll probably star Emerson who works with the NAACP, just like the “Monster” story.
If you want to read about Lurleen or just read a dang impressive anthology, pick up In Sunlight or In Shadow. It’s probably the best reviewed anthology I’ve ever been in, and deservedly so. If this book doesn’t sweep the Edgar short story category, I’d be shocked.
You can get the book at any bookstore. I’ve included the Amazon link to make things easy for you, but go to your favorite indie and get it there. By the way, I recommend the hardcover. It’s beautifully designed, with great art throughout.
I am honored to announce that my novel, Street Justice, has been nominated for a Shamus award given by the Private Eye Writers of America. I found out when I woke up yesterday on a rare day off, and it was the perfect way to start a perfect day. I’m completely thrilled and more than a little gobsmacked. For those of you who don’t know, the Shamus is for Private Eye novels. Smokey Dalton may not have a P.I. license, but that’s because he never wants to be on the books. And it’s so nice to see him recognized again, this time for a novel from WMG Publishing.
The book is in the Best Paperback Original category, along with novels by Michael Craven, M.C.Grant, Robert K. Lewis, and Vincent Zandri. I’m honored to be in their company.
For a list of all the nominees, please click this link. The award will be given at Bouchercon in October. I’m thrilled. Thanks to everyone who had anything to do with the nomination!
I’m pleased to announce that I have a new short story out in Fiction River: Past Crime. Surprisingly, the story is not set in what we normally think of as the Civil Rights Era. The story’s set in 1918, also an important time in civil rights, but long forgotten. I hope to write a lot more set in this time period. I flirted with it in Days of Rage, telling a little of Chicago’s 1919 history. But there’s so much more! “The Monster in Our Midst” takes place in the South, and the main character is based on Walter White–not the character in Breaking Bad, but on a courageous historical figure who has been mostly forgotten.
Past Crime is a marvelous anthology, with lots of stories that you’ll enjoy. The anthology comes in two versions. The regular version, which you can get as an e-book or a trade paper on any online retailer, is wonderful. But honestly, the second edition is better. It’s only available as an ebook from Kobo (or if you subscribe to Fiction River). Click on the links, and give the anthology a try.
And one more note: I have just set up a newsletter so you can receive updates about the projects I’m working on. I promise that I won’t spam you. I’ll only let you know when something major has appeared. So, if you’re interested, please click on the updates link. Thanks!
I’m very excited to announce that Audible has put the entire Smokey Dalton series (so far) into audio books. Mirron Willis voices Smokey perfectly. I listened to all six samples, and realized that somehow Mirron Willis had found the voice in my head. That almost never happens in audio. (For those of you who don’t know, Mirron Willis is a talented actor who has worked on stage, screen, and small screen. In audio, he’s voiced books from Walter Mosley’s to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s to many others. He’s won Earphone awards and many other awards, for obvious reasons, imho.) You’ll want to start with the first book, A Dangerous Road. I really think you’ll enjoy these! —Kris Nelscott