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EQMM November 2014

  In This Issue:

No matter who you are or where you are—and in our November issue, you’ll be immersed in a variety of captivating locales—tough decisions can be haunting, and often lead to misdeeds. In a new Hennessey and Yellich tale by Peter Turnbull (“The Mushroom Picker”), we find a body posed in the lotus position in a York forest. . . . Who was this man, where is his family, and how did his past bring him here? Familial ties also tug as we venture to the Prohibition-Era, Little Balkans region of Kansas, where a young protagonist is plunged into the murky underbelly of bootlegging (“Deep Shaft” by Suzanne Arruda). 

In another story on the theme of family, a Marine Corps veteran and L.A. refugee seeks peace in Death Valley, where his Native American grandfather’s spirit resides, but when the land is threatened, he must decide where his loyalties lie (“Howling at the Moon” by Paul D. Marks). The characters in Art Tayor’s coolly distressing “The Odds Are Against Us” and in Michael Weinreb’s harrowing short-short “The Ocean” struggle with similar questions of loyalty, the former in an oft-frequented bar and the latter at an urban waterfront. 

The mind is the frontier in Sheila Kohler’s “Ward 6,” which weaves its plot around doctors at a psychiatric hospital and tips a hat to the famous Chekhov story of similar title, and in James Powell’s quirky suburban-housewife tale “It’s A Wonderful Rat Race,” with its references to one of the most popular of all Christmas movies. Also in the psychological suspense vein, Zoë Z. Dean’s compelling Department of First Stories tale “Getaway Girl” probes the minds of a hostage and a hostage-taker. 

Add in a tale from the fashion world involving a clever plan to trap a killer (“The Golden Peacock” by Joan Richter) and a locked-room mystery (“The Lure of the Green Door”) solved by the Ellery Queen-esque detective Norizuki RintarĊ, in Passport to Crime, and this issue covers all the bases. Don’t miss it!

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Read Art Taylor's Anthony-nominated, Agatha-winning tale "The Care and Feeding of Houseplants" here. Don't miss it! 


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Check out this month's podcast:  "The Problem of the Time Capsule" by Edward D. Hoch


INTERVIEW SERIES:
Bestselling author Lawrence Block is no stranger to the pages of AHMM and EQMM. His story “Looking for David” (EQMM, 2/98) was nominated for an Edgar award, and he took second place in the 1985 EQMM Readers Award poll for “Like a Bug on a Windshield.” His story “Keller in Dallas” (EQMM, 2/11), featuring series hit man John Keller, can be found in the e-anthology The Crooked Road: Ellery Queen Presents Stories of Grifters, Gangsters, Hit Men, and Other Career CrooksHere is Lawrence Block talking about New York City, Keller's home base, for the NPR series Crime in the City. 

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by Arthur Vidro: The Ransom of EQMM #1


Electronic Submissions For Writers:
EQMM uses an online electronic submission system (http://eqmm.magazinesubmissions.com) that has been designed to streamline our process and improve communication with authors. We ask that all submissions be made through this system, rather than on paper. Please refer to our writers' guidelines for full details and instructions on manuscript formatting.


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Articles & Photos Celebrating EQMM's 70th


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Excerpts
Ward 6

Ward 6
by Sheila Kohler
Art by Jason C. Eckhardt

It is a warm June evening, and they are driving up from the city to the hospital in upstate New York.

Andrei slows down, opens his window, says a few words in his rudimentary Russian, flashes his pass at the guard, who opens the iron gates with alacrity and waves them onward with a grin. . . .

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The Golden Peacock

The Golden Peacock
by Joan Richter

Art by Laurie Harden

It was a half-hour drive from Manhattan along the West Side Highway to the nursing home where Jane had begun an internship two months ago. Last week the director of social services had asked to see her. “I have a special assignment for you,” she said and led her down a corridor to the dementia unit. Jane had not been there before.

Ruth Geller punched in the password and they entered, with the door locking behind them. . . .

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Next Month in EQMM:

Don’t miss our December 2014 issue, which features stories by Joyce Carol Oates, Bill Pronzini, Miriam Grace Monfredo and much more!



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