I 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!
Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery, edited by Sarah Cortez and Liz Martinez, is ready for your pre-order. The anthology features my short story “In the Kitchen with Johnny Albino.” The marketing copy reads (have I noted this before?): “This groundbreaking anthology of short fiction by Latino mystery writers… features an intriguing and unpredictable cast of sleuths, murderers and crime victims.
“I have a pre-order form I can send you, or you can find it on Amazon. Go out and buy a copy. I mean, order one. If you bring me one to sign, I will buy you a beer. It’s my first inclusion in a book anthology, so it’s pretty cool for me.
Also in the meantime, if any of you have pictures of crime or noir-type images–this is for another project–give my e-mail a jingle . . .
Friday was a useful day at work in that it resulted in this. How it got illustrates something about office life. Erik Trinidad, who writes the incredible travel mag The Global Trip, IM’d me, asking me to help him complete a list of the top 10 Facebook/Twitter status cliches. I had a desk covered with work-work to do, whatver it is that I do, so I of course quickly complied, and within minutes we hammered out the excellent list you see here, and which of course would be meaningless to you if you did not Facebook, Twitter, or even MySpace. Now run along and make it viral.
Hey, Edgar-nominated author Craig McDonald reviewed The Lineup in the Jan./Feb. 2009 issue of Crimespree. ”I sit down in a chair with a drink and THE LINEUP and pass a sublime couple of hours,” he writes, then adds ”terrific works by R. Narvaez (his poem, “Metro,” reads like the distilled soul of a tough crime short story and even incorporates a vicious twist at the end. All this in just 10 lines.)” YES, that would be me he’s talking about! And yes, I’m just as surprised as you are! Thanks for Gerald So for pointing out the review to me, and to Mr. McDonald for the kind words.