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Down & Out: The Magazine

Three-Star Sushi

Short Story featured in Down & Out: The Magazine

  • Shamus Award Finalist for Best Short Story
  • Derringer Award Finalist for Best Novelette
  • Macavity Award Finalist for Best Short Story

Less than six hours after sitting down to some of the best sushi in Tokyo I found myself surrounded by a pumpkin-headed American sumo wrestler and a yakuza enforcer out for blood. All for a case I never wanted and for a client I was sure wasn't telling me everything.

The first Jim Brodie story ever is the feature story in Down & Out: The Magazine (vol. 3). This time around an old friend of Brodie's father's wants help finding his missing daughter. But below the surface, the request is far more complicated than it seems. Brodie soon finds himself facing off against an ambitious yakuza lieutenant, a shady land developer, and a mammoth sumo wrestler. At stake is a ninth-generation Tokyo sushi shop and the survival of the whole family. Edited by Rick Ollerman, the anthology also includes works by Peter Sellers, Patricia Abbott, Frank Zafiro, Robert J. Randisi, J. Kingston Pierce, Art Taylor, Rick Ollerman, Raoul Whitfied, Jim Wilsky, Michael Bracken, and S. A. Solomon.

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Life Is Short and Then You Die

Life Is Short and Then You Die

New Anthology

Long-time friend and fellow writer Anthony Franze and I contributed a story called "A Different Kind of Hero's Day" to the Mystery Writers of America's (MWA) first-ever teen thriller anthology. Edited by Kelly Armstrong, the collection includes work by R. L. Stine, Barry Lyga, Caleb Roehrig, Emmy Laybourne, Jonathan Maberry, R. L. Stine, Rachel Vincent, Y. S. Lee, and others. Having never written in this space it was an honor to be included with such great company, and a pleasant surprise to be mentioned by Kirkus:

"A collection of 18 tales of murder witnessed, committed, and experienced, from an array of YA and adult authors.... Standouts from adult authors include the heartwarming 'A Different Hero's Day' by Anthony Franze (The Outsider, 2017, etc.) and Barry Lancet (The Spy Across the Table, 2017, etc.), in which ADHD is the critical characteristic that allows the protagonist to save the day when another teen is targeted."
   —Kirkus Review

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Reviews & Praise

"Ample entertainment for young murder-mystery aficionados."
   —Publishers Weekly

"An appropriate read for a wide YA audience... a great collection for mystery lovers of all stripes."

"A broad look at the genre... Engaging... Well written and interesting."
   —School Library Journal