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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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There’s enough below the surface in EQMM’s July/August issue to keep you cool all summer. A new spy story by Jeffery Deaver, “Hard to Get,” takes readers to Eastern Europe where a new American agent encounters his attractive Russian counterpart.

Later, crime has a literary link: Find what’s hidden in pages within our pages, as detective Kennedy in Paul Charles’s “Harry Potter and the Shadow of the Forger’s Throne” investigates the murder of a book collector, and Julius Katz that of a literary agent in Dave Zeltserman’s “Julius Katz and the Terminated Agent.” Then, a mystery author’s words may be mightier than the sword—or maybe not—in Graydon Miller’s “Poison Pen.” Ecclesiastical texts figure in Richard Stout’s Department of First Stories historical “Platina and the Green Children,” and Claudius Lyon invokes the Bible in “Peter and the Wolfe” by Loren D. Estleman.” Meanwhile, Dr. Twist in “The Yellow Book” by Paul Halter (Passport to Crime) unearths a text even more strange at the heart of a mystery seeming to involve the occult. And who is writing to whom in Louis Bayard’s suspenseful “Banana Triangle Six”?

We’re on the road and in Hollywood past and present in the Department of First Stories’ “The Fast and the Furriest” by Pat H. Broeske, and continue the bumpy ride through the American desert, on the lam, in Susan Koefod’s “Tonic.” English farmland and family troubles feature in Judith Cutler’s “Learning to Drive,” and a picturesque French village in Christine Poulson’s “The Egyptian Cat.” Then, take a dive into the murky waters of Dennis McFadden’s “Galway Lake” and Marilyn Todd’s “Night Crossing.”

What’s lurking in the minds of those we think we know, or even in plain sight? Find out in “The Things We Do for Love” by Sharon Hunt, “The Short Answer” by James Lincoln Warren (Black Mask), “The Home Exchange” by Parker Bilal, and the humorous “What Could Possibly Go Boing?” by Mat Coward. Don’t miss these knockout stories—or Jon L. Breen’s annual seat in The Jury Box.

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The Crime Scene

On September 30, Columbia University hosted, to a full audience, a half-day EQMM symposium, sponsored by the university’s Butler Library. It was an afternoon of insightful discussion, poignant recollection, a colorful and thought-provoking art presentation, a gripping reading by author Joyce Carol Oates, and more. Video and audio of the symposium are being made available on YouTube and as part of our podcast series. The panels include Making Mystery Matter: EQMM and the Shaping of American Crime and Detective Fiction; A Brush With Death: Crime Fiction Cover Art and Illustration From the Pulps to the Present; and EQMM’s Editors at Work and feature scholars, writers, artists, and editors such as Sarah Weinman, Charles Ardai, Jonathan Santlofer, Tom Roberts, Joseph Goodrich, and Otto Penzler.

The EQMM 75th Anniversary Exhibition, on view at the symposium’s reception, will run until December 23 in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Butler Library, 6th Floor East. Included is some of founding editor Frederic Dannay’s correspondence with several of the most important writers of the twentieth century, as well as some of his edited manuscripts (from the Frederic Dannay papers, which are housed at the library) and original drawings for some of the magazine’s early covers. If you’re in New York, be sure to catch it before the end of the year.

As the year draws nearer to a close, we want to remind you not to miss our two remaining anniversary issues: November, which is on sale now and highlights the magazine’s influence on crime fiction scholarship, reviewing, and criticism, and December, which includes some final thoughts about EQMM’s role in today’s publishing world.

We offer our thanks to all of the knowledgeable, inspiring, and enthusiastic participants and readers who have helped us mark this special year. For further reflections on the symposium, a photo gallery of the events, and a story contest revolving around the celebration (for which we now have results), please visit our blog SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

For updated information on the special issues celebrating our 75th-anniversary year, please click here

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at Something Is Going To Happen, where Janet Hutchings and guests blog about suspense, short stories, and the mystery-fiction scene.

EQMM Podcasts
Audio readings and dramatizations by the world's leading suspense writers. Visit our Podcast page today!

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“Ghosts of Bunker Hill” by Paul D. Marks
This month we’re delighted to present a reading by author Paul D. Marks of the most recent winner of the EQMM Readers Award, his tale “Ghosts of Bunker Hill,” published in the December 2016 EQMM. A native of Los Angeles, Paul Marks evokes that city’s history hauntingly in this story, the first in a series featuring private eye Howard Hamm.

Blog Bytes
Check out this month's Blog Bytes by Bill Crider

Bestselling author Lawrence Block is no stranger to the pages of AHMM and EQMM. His story “Looking for David” (EQMM, 2/98) was nomin
ated 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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Hard to Get
by Jeffery Deaver
Art by Jason C. Eckhardt

“So, Lessing. . . . Doctor Lessing, right?”

“Well, technically, I guess. Ph.D. in poli sci. I sometimes say ‘Doctor’ when I try to book a table at Le Grand Toque but it never works.”

The lean, balding man Lessing was sitting across from just stared blankly. He reminded himself: No. No jokes. Not with him.

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What Could Possibly Go Boing?
by Mat Coward
Art by Mark Evan Walker

There are very few questions to which the answer isn’t either “Because” or “Get on with it,” but “Have we killed him or does he need supplementary hitting?” is definitely one of them. Angela couldn’t answer because she was trying not to be sick, and I couldn’t answer because I was being sick, so June gave our boss a pretty close inspection and then answered her own question. “Yeah, we’ve definitely killed him. He’s as dead as you can get without being from the olden days.”

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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.

Articles & Photos Celebrating EQMM's 70th

Each month we will post a new puzzle for your solving entertainment. Just click here to download and print, but beware: the answer is on page 2. Enjoy!

Next Month in EQMM:

Look out for our September/October 2017 double issue for more exciting stories on sale August 22, 2017.

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