Fiction River: Past Crimes
Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Editors)
WMG Publications, Oct 1 2014, $15.99
“Stolen In Passing” by Dory Crowe. In 1857, the slave catchers arrive at Cape Cod in pursuit of a runaway; unaware why here.
“New World Gambles” by Leah Cutter. As the Canadian-Pacific is built, with a Tong connection Mei works tables in Victoria.
“The Bank Teller” by Jamie McNabb. He left Puget Sound for five years, but in 1901 returns seeking revenge against those who shanghaied him.
“An Education For Thursday” by Dean Wesley Smith. Arriving in Delamar, Idaho Angela seeks revenge against two rapists.
“The Curious Case Of The Ha’Penny Detective” by Lee Allred. In 1923 on the Canadian Pacific, Drennen and Nevins discuss Professor Chase.
“The Horns Of Hather” by Richard Quarry. Decreeing all will worship Aten, the Pharaoh sends Chenzira to stop the Festival of Opet.
“Impressions” by Lisa Silverthorne. In 1780s London, as a child he saw his first death mask; as an adult he hunts this serial killer.
“The Raiders” by Cat Rambo. In 1858, he met the pickpocket in New York; they meet again as POWs in Andersonville.
“The Monster In Our Midst” by Kris Nelscott. In 1918 Arkansas, Lureen sends a postcard depicting a lynching to Emerson in Atlanta.
“Blood And Lightning On The Newport Highway” by M. Elizabeth Castle. The Revenuer returns to Knoxville with plans for the nearby moonshiners.
“Deathmobile” by Michelle Lang. In 1977 Long Island, Mr. Deathmobile threatens Little Rocky and Tony.
“The Stonewall Rat” by JC Andrijesdi. Working for the mob, he and his partner seek the informer at the gay establishment when a kid arrives; soon afterward the police raid the place.
Meeting the exceptional quality of previous anthologies, this collection contains excellent Past Crimes short stories.