Crime-On-Crime (Pre)view Series #21: Fast Women and Neon Lights: Eighties-Inspired Neon Noir

A preview of the new Short Stack Books themed anthology, “Fast Women and Neon Lights: Eighties-Inspired Neon Noir


Adobe Photoshop PDFHey there crime fiction fans, Michael Pool here, back after a long break here on the Crime Syndicate blog due to some things going on in my personal and professional life that have kept me pretty busy. That said, expect more reviews in the coming months. But for today we are doing something a little different, in that what follows here is a preview of our publisher Short Stack Books‘ coming anthology, Fast Women and Neon Lights: Eighties-Inspired Neon Noir, which comes out November 1, 2016 in print and ebook editions (and is one of the projects that has kept me personally so tied up).

I could go off on a tangent here about how excellent I think this book is, how great the stories are, how much I think it deserves to win every award ever given to human beings, etc., but I think you’d all know how biased I am, as the editor of the project. So instead, I thought it would be fun to simply offer you one-sentence blurbs of each of the stories contained. I have no doubt these descriptions alone should be enough to have you, like, totally foaming at the mouth to read these bitchin’ eighties crime stories, like, you know?

So, without further ado, here’s what to expect, as well as all the information you need to pick yourself up a copy. Our first year at Crime Syndicate and Short Stack Books has been a great one, and we can’t think of a better way to cap it off than this anthology. Next year is going to be even better, so stay tuned!

What: Fast Women and Neon Lights: Eighties-Inspired Neon Noir

ISBN: Ebook: 978-0-9968552-6-6 / Trade Paperback: 978-0-9968552-7-3

Who: Kat Richardson, Patrick Cooper, S.W. Lauden, Dietrich Kalteis, Sam Wiebe, Sarah M. Chen, Eryk Pruitt, Matthew J. Hockey, Linda L. Richards, Will Viharo, Nina Mansfield, C.S. DeWildt, Jen Conley, Greg Barth, Brian Leopold, Preston Lang, S.A. Cosby, Michael Pool. Edited by Michael Pool with a Foreword by Will Viharo.

When: Out November 1, 2016, in Trade Paperback and Ebook

Where: Amazon, Publisher’s website, select independent bookstores.


An out-of-control valley girl gets her sweet, sweet revenge via a can of Aqua Net in Kat Richardson’s “Valley Girl.”

A heroin-addicted, store-robbing punk rock band manager finally gets his shot at the bigtime in S.W. Lauden’s “Big Shots.”

Bumbling, Air Jordan-obsessed burglars brush up on their one-track Tiffany mixtape in Patrick Cooper’s “Alone Now.”

A private investigator get’s in a little too deep with his target in Dietrich Kalteis’s “The Deep End.”

A battered, career wrestling “opponent” finally gets his big-time shot at Madison Square Garden in Sam Wiebe’s “Parts Unknown.”

Oingo-Boingo-obsessed spoiled Cali girls reconnect over enough cocaine to  choke out Danny Elfman and pretty much everyone else too in Sarah M. Chen’s “Besties and Blow.”

Everyone’s got their own view of why Jessie Spangler ended up in a hole, but most of Lake Castor knows who put her there, and why, in Eryk Pruitt’s “It’s Morning Again in Lake Castor.”

In 1980s Tokyo, Aki is the styled-out widow of a Yakuza gangster whose Widowman (the man responsible for delivering tribute payments to her) just inadvertently revealed that her late husband had a mistress, setting a chain of events into motion that will definitely spill blood in Matthew J. Hockey’s “Widowman.”

A Canadian couple decides what to do with a huge mistaken windfall that just came by mail from the energy company in Linda L. Richards’s “The Envelope.”

Miami Vice meets Scarface meets To Live and Die in L.A. on a muggy Miami night of surveillance in Will Viharo’s “Meantime.”

A scrunchied-out teenager takes a shot at becoming professional wrestling’s next Leilani Kai with violent results in Nina Mansfield’s “Big Hair, Banana Clips, and the Figure-Four Leglock.”

An ex-Cobra Kai Karate badass turned petty criminal attempts to win possession of his prostitute girlfriend in C.S. DeWildt’s “Dutch.”

A handsy, creepazoid tangles with a group of fed up local kids at the neighborhood swimming pool in Jen Conley’s “In the Swimming Pool.”

Bobby’s violent history with Brittany has him wanting seconds when he see’s her damaged performance on the Phil Donahue show, but Brittany  would prefer to fix things instead in Greg Barth’s “Getting Seconds.”

A small appliance repairman with a penchant for broken video cameras and a nice little side business dealing the tapes they often contain gets caught up in more than he bargained for in Brian Leopold’s “Caught On Camera.” 

A woman with a suspended medical license and an inside track on NFL gambling gets in over her head gambling with a little help from a new friend with a bad haircut in Preston Lang’s “Fleckman’s Fix.”

Local DJ and small time dealer Chaz and his bartending clandestine lover Lydia have one last dance together in a corrupted drug deal with Lydia’s mobbed-up and coked out boyfriend Tommy in S.A. Cosby’s “Last Dance at the Glimmer Lounge.”

A career car thief preparing to go straight steals a trunk full of trouble on his last night on the job in Michael Pool’s “Night Thief.”


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