“Sometimes revenge is the only option for what’s gotten under the skin.”
Los Angeles is the City of Angels. But these natives of Los Angeles don’t wear halos. From the beaches of Palos Verdes to the San Gabriel Valley, from Beverly Hills to Pasadena, this anthology sprawls across Los Angeles County with stories of vengeance, retribution and justice served cold. Avenging Angelenos, from newborns to neighbors, physicians to funeral directors, athletes, artists, students and teachers, have scores to settle and a nefarious itch under their skin that’s got to be scratched.
AVENGING ANGELENOS, a Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles anthology, is edited by Sarah M. Chen, Wrona Gall, and Pamela Samuels Young, with an introduction by Frankie Y. Bailey. It includes these original stories:
The Inkwell by Kathy Norris
The Queen of Mean by Paula Bernstein
The Magic Hour by Peggy Rothschild
Gunning for Justice by Laurel Wetzork
Best Served Cold by Gay Totl Kinman
Manny’s Angel by Jenny Carless
Avenging Superheros by Meredith Taylor
The Baby by Avril Adams
The Unkindest Cut by L.H. Dillman
Funeral Games by Hal Bodner
Christine Thirteen by Melinda Loomis
EPILOGUE with Norman August, moderator, and Sarah M. Chen, Wrona Gall and Pamela Samuels Young, editors.
AVENGING ANGELENOS, is available for order now from the publisher Down and Out Books, or from other major booksellers such as Barnes and Noble and Amazon.
Considering featuring AVENGING ANGELENOS, for your book club? Find some suggested Discussion Questions below.
Librarians in Los Angeles County – if you have a Book Club at your library and want to find out how to bring some of FATALLY HAUNTED’s authors to your library, check our Speakers Bureau page for more information.
Haunted. This word lurks within our deepest emotions. It’s a fear we can’t let go of, or that won’t let go of us. It’s a place we dream of going, or a place we can never leave. An LAPD detective is haunted by the case she never solved. A Century City financial advisor is haunted by the greed he cannot escape. A bridge is haunted by ghosts of despair.
In a city of 10 million people, the haunted could be the man waiting to cross the street, or the memory that keeps you awake at night.
Fatally Haunted, a Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles anthology, includes original stories by Julie G. Beers, Julia Bricklin, Roger Cannon, Tony Chiarchiaro, Lisa Ciarfella, Cyndra Gernet, B. J. Graf, Mark Hague, A. P. Jamison, Micheal Kelly, Alison McMahan, Peter Sexton, Gobind Tanaka, and Jennifer Younger.
Considering featuring FATALLY HAUNTED for your book club? Find some suggested Discussion Questions below.
Librarians in Los Angeles County – if you have a Book Club at your library and want to find out how to bring some of FATALLY HAUNTED’s authors to your library, check our Speakers Bureau page for more information.*
Los Angeles, the sun-kissed city of high hopes and second chances, where everyone seems to be from somewhere else. A siren call to dreamers, misfits, mystics and freaks, lost souls and purveyors of sin. They roll in on their last tank of gas, their suitcases bulging with secrets of pasts better forgotten. They stay for a few days, a month, a year, a lifetime. The determined and the desperate, careening and colliding toward trouble…and their last resort.
Edited by renowned authors Matt Coyle, Mary Marks, and Patricia Smiley, with an introduction by Michael Connelly, LAst Resort is comprised of sixteen mysteries about the misdeeds and downfalls of characters drawn to the cultural panoply that is Los Angeles.
“A stunningly extraordinary collection of fiction shorts, the book overall, combines elements that make for a deliciously wicked elixir of potently intriguing portrayals of lives at their last resort, near drowning, immersed in the murky waters of the underbelly of morality that thrives in Los Angeles. Stocked with sixteen stories from varied and well known mystery authors, each tantalizes the imagination with a population of perfectly flawed characters that come from all walks of life;” ∼ Bestsellersworld.com
“What really makes this book a success is that the shorts are written by expert storytellers who share a well-honed knack for exposing lives during their most unfortunate or fortunate times. No two narratives are remotely similar in circumstance or characterization, with each story, bringing focus to something different to the tale that twists, turns and maneuvers within the dark side of the human psyche.” ∼ MysteriesGalore.com
With stories by:
Independence Day by Avril Adams
On Call for Murder by Paula Bernstein
Mimo by Lynne Bronstein
Seth’s Big Move by Stephen Buehler
Nut Job by Sarah M. Chen
The Best LAid Plans by Anne David
Highland and Park Hit by Gay Degani
Lead Us Not Into Temptation by Lori Dillman
Thump Bump and Dump by Wrona Gall
Hired Lives by Cyndra Gernet
Little Egypt by Georgia Jeffries
Crime Drama/Do Not Cross by Melinda Loomis
Method Actor by GB Pool
The Ride of Your Live by Laurie Stevens
Eggs Over Dead by Wendall Thomas
Today’s the Day by Mae Woods
Consider getting this anthology for your book club, and using these discussion questions as developed by Georgia Jeffries, one of the anthology authors:
LAst Resort , a collection of 16 noir stories by both veteran and first-time SinC authors, offers a wonderful opportunity for Book Club members to share their favorite take on the glamorous Los Angeles underbelly of illusion, a place where true redemption hovers somewhere in the dark beyond the Hollywood sign.
1) Which was your favorite story and protagonist? Why?
2) Have you — or has anyone you know— ever been tempted by the Los Angeles dream of fame and fortune?
3) What do all the story protagonists have in common?
4) Which story (or stories) do you think could be expanded into a full novel? What would you like to see happen to the characters?
5) Which story (or stories) have sufficient drama to be adapted into a movie or TV series? (These are L.A. tales so that might be the next step!) Who would you cast?