When I worked at the Corn Crib (in Christiana, Pennsylvania) and the Gap Diner (in Gap, Pennsylvania) in the late 1980s, I never imagined that being a dishwasher and a short-order cook would lead to me having a story in an anthology edited by Otto Penzler.
But that’s exactly what happened.
Today’s release day for Penzler’s KWIK KRIMES (U.S. Kindle, U.S. paperback, U.K. Kindle, U.K. paperback) — and it includes my story “Fortune,” about two entrepreneurs in the world of recycled cooking oil. (“Fortune” was originally published by Shotgun Honey).
KWIK KRIMES features 81 stories written by such luminaries as David Corbett, Gar Anthony Haywood, Ken Bruen, Reed Farrel Coleman, Tasha Alexander, Joe R. Lansdale, and many more. Each story is 1,000 words or less — which means it’s perfect reading for anytime you have a short wait. Or, some have suggested, the perfect book to keep in your bathroom.
If you’re not sure whether you’ll enjoy KWIK KRIMES, check out Kathleen Ryan’s great review at CriminalElement.com.
If you’re interested in reading a bit more about my story, I’ve written about the background of “Fortune” and my amazement at being contacted by Otto Penzler.
I hope you enjoy KWIK KRIMES! Here’s a look at the first page of the table of contents to really whet your appetite: