Crime Plus Music: Twenty Stories of Music-Themed Noir

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5.4 X 0.9 X 8.2 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Jim Fusilli is the author of eight novels. He also serves as the rock and pop music critic of The Wall Street Journal and is the founder of, a music website for grownups. He lives in New York City.

Craig Johnson is a award-winning, NY Times Bestselling author, best known for his Walt Longmire mystery series, which has garnered popular and critical acclaim, and was adapted for a TV series on A&E. He lives in Ucross, WY.

David Liss is a bestselling American novels and essayist, best known for his historical-mystery work including the Edgar Award-winning A Conspiracy of Paper, A Spectacle of Corruption, and The Whiskey Rebels. He lives in San Antonio.

Val McDermid is a Scottish crime writer, best known for a series of suspense novels featuring Dr. Tony Hill. She lives in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland.

Alison Gaylin is the author of the Edgar-nominated thriller Hide Your Eyes and its sequel, You Kill Me; the standalones Trashed and Heartless; and the Brenna Spector series: And She Was (winner of the Shamus Award), Into the Dark, and the Edgar-nominated Stay with Me. She lives in Woodstock, NY.


"A vibrant emotional connection with verve and creativity. . . . There's plenty here to chew on for fans of rock-and-roll and crime fiction." --The Washington Post

"Anyone who likes to read short stories will enjoy reading how the music is blended into a mysterious plot." --Working Mother

"Crime and music seem so deeply intertwined in American culture, such natural thematic counterparts, that it is surprising that no one has had the idea of publishing an anthology like "Crime Plus Music" before. . . . Now longtime rock critic and mystery novelist Jim Fusilli has collected 20 stories that mix up the two with abandon, and the result is an entertaining . . . exercise in expanding the boundaries of genre fiction." --The Houston Chronicle

"Favorite Crime Fiction of 2016 . . . Tales of particularly high quality." --The Rap Sheet

"The brevity and careful plotting work so well." --New Jersey Star-Ledger

"Fine fiction." --Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Fusilli's music-themed anthology rocks with superb solos from a number of big-name mystery writers and others who deserve to be better known. . . . Splendid compilation." --Publishers Weekly

"Hits the mark . . . superb collection." --Library Journal

"A strong lineup of talent . . . hilarious . . . raw . . . exciting." --ALA Booklist

"Absolutely wonderful . . . Buy this book and read it, with your head stuck between some speakers and your favorite song collection amped to 11."--20SomethingReads

"This is a collection that rocks!" --Reviewing the Evidence

"A solid collection with plenty to offer crime fans." --San Francisco Review of Books

"CRIME PLUS MUSIC is among the more unique anthologies to appear in a long time." --Bookgasm

"Jazz, rock, blues ... the stories not only twist suspense and puzzle solving, but they also showcase their authors' musical passions" --Kingdom Books

"The music behind the stories in this volume ranges from country to rock to pop to contemporary electronic dance music to (get this!) bagpipes . . . The stories are little gems." --Deadly Pleasures

"Anyone who likes to read short stories will enjoy reading how the music is blended into a mysterious plot." --BlackFive

"The lineup of authors is impressive . . . and crime of every form playing alongside music of every form is a great idea." --Bookloons

"This short story collection could fill an Award shortlist all on its own. . . . Don't-miss new writings from some of your favorite crime fiction authors--as well as some well-known folks from the music industry." --BOLO Books