Distinguished Mention

bestamericanmystery08.jpgI was flipping through Patrick Shawn Bagley’s Bitter Water blog when I came across a reference to myself! Who doesn’t love that kind of stuff? Apparently, The Best American Mystery Stories 2008 (Houghton Mifflin), edited by George Pelecanos, was released in December. While I am not included in the main anthology, my short story “Roachkiller,” which appeared in Murdaland (RIP!)(*sigh*), did make Pelecanos and series editor Otto Penzler’s list of Other Distinguished Mystery Stories of 2007, in the back, p. 423. Hey Ma, check it out! This is a very good thing! I went out right away–I mean, I went further online right away–and ordered a copy to doublecheck that I was not dreaming and that Patrick was not shortsheeting me. (FYI: Patrick is a fellow editor of The Lineup.) Thanks, Bagley, for catching that, and thanks also to Pelecanos and Penzler for the nod. Drinks for everyone!

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