Martin H. Greenberg, John Helfers, Simon R. Green, Patricia Briggs, Michael A. Stackpole, P. N. Elrod, Anne Perry, Melville Davisson Post, Carole Nelson Douglas, Mike Resnick, Steve Perry, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Laura Resnick, Lillian Stewart Carl, Max Allan Collins, Norman Partridge, Elizabeth A. Vaughan, Kelley Armstrong, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Michelle West
The Best Paranormal Crime Stories Ever Told
Copyright © 2010 by Tekno Books and Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
Introduction copyright © 2011 by John Helfers
“Appetite for Murder,” copyright © 2008 by Simon R. Green. First published in
“Star of David,” copyright © 2008 by Patricia Briggs. First published in
“If Vanity Doesn’t Kill Me,” copyright © 2009 by Michael Stackpole. First published in
“Grave-Robbed,” copyright © 2007 by P.N. Elrod. First published in
“The Judgement,” copyright © 2004 by Anne Perry. First published in
“Special Surprise Guest Appearance by…,” copyright © 2004 by Carole Nelson Douglas. First published in
“Occupational Hazard: A Harry the Book Story,” copyright © 2007 by Kirinyaga, Inc. First published in
“She’s Not There,” copyright © 2009 by Steve Perry. First published in
“Hostile Takeover,” copyright © 2007 by Nina Kiriki Hoffman. First published in
“Dopplegangster,” copyright © 2004 by Laura Resnick. First published in
“The Necromancer’s Apprentice,” copyright © 2004 by Lillian Stewart Carl. First published in
“The Night of Their Lives,” copyright © 1995 by Max Allan Collins. First published in
“Road Dogs” copyright © 2008 by Norman Partridge. First published on
“Ninja Rats on Harleys,” copyright © 2009 by Elizabeth A. Vaughan. First published in
“Stalked,”copyright © 2007 by Kelley Armstrong. First published in
“Corpse Vision,” copyright © 2009 by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. First published in
“The Unicorn Hunt,” copyright © 2005 by Michelle West. First published in
Introduction by John Helfers
A lot of paranormal fans think that supernatural creatures have all the fun. Vampires have that immortality thing going on, as well as near-invulnerability to all but a few common household items (and one really big environmental one). Werewolves get that superstrength, speed, and senses, not to mention wicked claws, and a nice, thick fur coat (although there is that problem of what to do with your heap of shredded clothes when you change). Witches and warlocks get to wield phenomenal cosmic power (that almost never backfires on them, usually).
But, as a famous uncle from the comics said long ago, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Specifically, the responsibility
Of course, for those who try to break the law, there are also those who do their best to bring the perpetrators to justice as well. If the officer of the law is a human, they might be biting off more than they can chew, but if they’re also a paranormal, then get ready for all hell to break loose.
The fifteen stories collected here represent both sides of supernatural law and disorder. From best-selling author Kelley Armstrong comes a tale of two shapeshifters on their honeymoon in the big bad city, and how their trip is enlivened by another werewolf who’s looking for a fight-and gets much more than he expected. Simon R. Green brings us another story set in his inimitable, shadowy world of Nightside, where nothing and no one is who they first seem to be. Veteran crime writer Max Allan Collins serves up a gritty tale of crime and detection during the Great Depression; and when someone starts killing the down-and-out frequenting a soup kitchen, it takes a very special detective to go undercover and find out who’s committing murder. And another best-selling author, Patricia Briggs, brings us a story of an estranged father and daughter who come together while protecting a special boy from a very dangerous predator.
From con artists with a touch of the
Appetite for Murder by Simon R. Green
I never wanted to be a Detective. But the call went out, and no-one else stood up, so I sold my soul to the company store, for a badge and a gun and a shift that never ends.
The Nightside is London’s very own dirty little secret; a hidden realm of gods and monsters, magic and murder, and more sin and temptation than you can shake a wallet at. People come to the Nightside from all over the world, to indulge the pleasures and appetites that might not have a name, but certainly have a price. It’s always night in the Nightside, always three o’clock on the morning, the hour that tries men’s souls and finds them wanting. The sun has never shone here, probably because it knows it isn’t welcome. This is a place to do things that can only be done in the shadows, in the dark.
I’m Sam Warren. I was the first, and for a long time the only, Detective in the Nightside. I worked for the