Culprits: The Heist Was Only the Beginning (Polis Books)
A hard-bitten crew of professional thieves pull off the score of their lives, coming away with seven million in cash. Like any heist there are some unforeseen complications; a hitch or two and a couple of bodies drop. But despite this, they get away with the swag. Enough to change their lives, make new identities, start fresh. But that’s when the real trouble begins...In this unique, riveting, linked anthology, we follow each culprit as they go their separate ways after the heist, and watch as this perfect score ends up a perfect nightmare. Featuring stories penned by acclaimed writers Brett Battles, Gar Anthony Haywood, Zoë Sharp, Manuel Ramos, Jessica Kaye, Joe Clifford and David Corbett, Culprits shows that sometimes the end means things are just getting started...
Richard Brewer, a native Californian, has always loved stories. Following that love he has worked as a writer, editor, actor, director, bookseller, book reviewer, movie development executive, and audiobook narrator. He is co-editor of the critically acclaimed Bruce Springsteen inspired short story anthology Meeting Across the River, as well as the speculative fiction collection Occupied Earth: Stories of Aliens, Resistance and Survival at all Costs. His most recent short story, Last to Die, was included in another anthology inspired by The Boss, Trouble in the Heartland, and was noted as one of the Distinguished Mystery Stories of the year in The Best American Mystery Stories 2015.
Born under a bad sign, Gary Phillips must keep writing to forestall his appointment at the crossroads. He has written various novels, novellas, radio plays, scripts, graphic novels such as Vigilante: Southland, and published 60 some short stories. He has had several of his works optioned for film or TV including the graphic novel The Rinse about a money launderer, and his short story “The Two Falcons” from The Highway Kind: Tales of Fast Cars, Desperate Drivers and Dark Roads. Phillips has edited or co-edited several anthologies including the bestselling Orange County Noir, Occupied Earth (with Richard Brewer) and the critically praised The Obama Inheritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir. He is the immediate past president of the Private Eye Writers of America.
Brett Battles was born and raised in southern California. He is the USA Today bestselling and Barry Award winning author of over thirty novels, including the Jonathan Quinn series, the Project Eden series, and the time bending Rewinder trilogy. Though he still makes California his home, he has traveled extensively to such destinations as Ho Chi Minh City, Berlin, Bangkok, Angkor Wat, Singapore, Jakarta, London, Paris, and Rome, all of which play parts in his current and upcoming novels. Authors who have influenced him over the years include, but aren’t limited to: Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Alistair MacLean, Robert Ludlum, Stephen King, Graham Greene, Haruki Murakami, and Tim Hallinan. He has three very cool kids—Ronan, Fiona, and Keira—who are all quickly becoming adults, which both excites and unnerves him. As for his neurotic, paranoid, cute Australian Shepherd Maggie, that’s more of a…developing relationship. More about Brett and his books at http://www.brettbattles.com
Gar Anthony Haywood is the Shamus and Anthony award-winning author of twelve crime novels. His short fiction has been included in the Best American Mystery Stories anthologies and Booklist has called him “a writer who has always belonged in the upper echelon of American crime fiction.” Haywood has written for network television and both the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. His most recent novel is Assume Nothing, and the six books in his Aaron Gunner P.I. series are now available as e-books from Open Road/Mysterious Press.
Jessica Kaye is an entertainment and publishing attorney at Kaye & Mills (www.kayemills.com) and a Grammy Award-winning audiobook producer. Jessica owns Big Happy Family, LLC, an audiobook distributor (www.bighappyfamilyaudio. com.) She created and co-edited Meeting Across the River (anthology, BloomsburyUSA, 2005) and contributed a story to Occupied Earth: Stories of Aliens, Resistance and Survival at all Costs (Polis Books, 2015.) She is the author of the forthcoming How To Produce (and sell) a Great Audiobook (F+W Media Inc./Writers Digest Books, 2019.)
Joe Clifford is the author of several books, including Junkie Love and the Jay Porter Thriller Series, as well as editor of the anthologies Trouble in the Heartland: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of BruceSpringsteen; Just to Watch Them Die: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Johnny Cash, and Hard Sentences, which he co-edited with David James Keaton. Joe’s writing can be found atwww.joeclifford.com.