I remember the song “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” playing endlessly in the background when I was a kid, and now I got to write a story based on it for A Beast without a Name: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Music of Steely Dan (Down & Out Books, 2019), out this month. Edited by Brian “Bran Mak Morn” Thornton and featuring stories by Steve Brewer, W.H. Cameron, Reed Farrel Coleman, Libby Cudmore, Aaron Erickson, Naomi Hirahara, Matthew Quinn Martin, Kat Richardson, Peter Spiegelman, Jim Thomsen, and Jim Winter.
A recent Amazon review for the book was kind enough to give me a shoutout: “There’s a nice variety of writing styles and themes in these stories to keep each tale fresh and interesting while most of the characters show good depth and great dimension. Two stories that stood out were Rikki Don’t Lose That Number by Richie Narvaez and The Girl Could Be So Cruel by Jim Thomsen because of the characters, narratives, twists, and surprise endings. Like all good crime fiction, A Beast without A Name explores concepts that force the reader to question societal values along with their own. One thing that was very different about this work was the fresh perspective some of the stories showed regarding the impact of feminine persuasion on the male psyche.”
My story was inspired by the song, of course, but also on the writings of Rikki Ducornet, on whom the song was allegedly based.
You can find the book here.