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Here, you will find highlights of each month's print issue – including excerpts from our award-winning short stories, our book-review column The Jury Box, and The Mystery Crossword.The place to be for a good mystery!
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EQMM August 2015

  In This Issue:

Most mysteries include a body or two, but this month’s EQMM will give you a chill against the summer’s heat. In a new Resnick tale by John Harvey, our D.I. faces the declining health of an old friend, as well as a dangerous workload that includes a child in jeopardy (“Going Down Slow”). The moral and psychological conundrums that come with determining the causes of death provide the key to two other mysteries involving cops: Tendai Huchu’s puzzling procedural “The Best Man,” set in Africa, and the contemplative “Black Rock” by Steven Gore, in which a worn-out detective takes time off to spend with his father, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. 

What can bring someone to murder . . . and what can a murder or death bring someone to do? Find out in the Passport to Crime impossible-crime tale “The Executive Who Lost His Mind” by Shimada Soji and in the psychological suspense thriller “Mr. Kill-Me” by David Dean, where compulsions run wild. Sharon Hunt probes the dark aftermath of murder further in her story of a child’s claim to have witnessed a mysterious death (“The Water Was Rising”). 

Who, when, how, and why are the questions that pull readers in.  But many of the fictional characters in this issue wonder too, including a woman who’s returned to her idyllic Cornish hometown to find it plagued with a spate of murders and a reporter questioning an aged and infamous parent, in “The Longboat Cove Murders” by Marilyn Todd and “Splash” by Jane Pendjiky, respectively. (The latter appears in the Department of First Stories). 

What about when your job is to do the killing, and you just don’t want to? Hitman Sally is faced with this problem in William Link’s “The Goddaughter.” And adding a final bit of spice to the issue there’s Brendan DuBois’s clever “The Long Withdrawal,” which touches upon what some might do to keep on living—and profitably.

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 The Crime Scene

EQMM Nominated Stories, READ them here.
International Thiller Award
Richard Helms nominated for "Busting Red Heads" (3-4/14)
Stephen Ross nominated for "Pussycat, Pussycat" (9-10/14)
Tim L. Williams nominated for "The Last Wrestling Bear in West Kentucky" (9-10/14)

Anthony Award

Art Taylor nominated for, "The Odds Are Against Us" (11/14)
Paul D. Marks nominated for "Howling at the Moon" (11/14)

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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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Excerpts
Going Down Slow

Going Down Slow
by John Harvey
Art by Jason C. Eckhardt

When they first began living together, himself and Lynn, Resnick would be woken by dreams of her dying; his fear of losing her transformed into violent imaginings from which he would wake slick with sweat, to find her lying there beside him, peacefully sleeping. Only then could he rest, assured that she was still breathing. And with time the dreams faded, became less frequent, less frightening, though never disappeared entirely. And never once in his dreams did he see how she would really die.

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The Longboat Cove Murders

The Longboat Cove Murders
by Marilyn Todd

Art by Allen Davis

Dan Trelawney was the first. A kindhearted, hardworking father of three, he was the landlord of The Fighting Cocks, a seventeenth-century coaching inn complete with beams, stables, and a resident ghost, who died foiling a robbery in the early hours of a bitterly cold January morning. The most popular man for miles around, practically the entire population of Longboat Cove turned out for his funeral. . . . 

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Next Month in EQMM:

Don’t miss our September/October DOUBLE ISSUE, which features stories by Doug Allyn, Nancy Pickard, Richard Helms, Marilyn Todd, Tim L. Williams, Bill Pronzini and much more!



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