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About Robert Lopresti
There is only one Robert Lopresti (on this page, anyway) but he has two separate stories to tell.
FICTION wrtier Robert Lopresti can still remember where he was when he first read the words "They were the footprints of a gigantic hound!"
He grew up in New Jersey and set his comic crime novel GREENFELLAS there. Kings River Life Magazine, by the way, called GREENFELLAS one of the Best Mysteries of 2015.
He is the author of more than seventy short stories, one of which was chosen to be reprinted in BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2016 (edited by Elizabeth George) and YEAR'S BEST DARK FANTASY AND HORROR 2016 (edited by Paula Guran).
His stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine (thirty-plus of them), Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, The Strand, and plenty of anthologies. They have won the Derringer (thrice) and Black Orchid Novella Awards, and been nominated for the Anthony.
His first novel, SUCH A KILLING CRIME, was published by Kearney Street Books in 2005. He conceived and edited THURBER ON CRIME, which Mysterious Press produced in 1995.
His most popular character is Leopold Longshanks, a mystery writer who gets reluctantly pushed into solving true crime. A collection of the humorous stories, SHANKS ON CRIME, is available. Bill Crider, in Mystery Scene Magazine, wrote "All the stories are clever, witty, and well-written... If you haven't met Shanks before, this book provides an excellent chance to get acquainted."
His books have been reprinted in Japan and Italy.
NONFICTION writer Robert Lopresti is a retired librarian whose latest book is WHEN WOMEN DIDN'T COUNT, telling the startling facts of how women have been sidelined, neglected, and just plain lied about in U.S. government statistics for more than two centuries. One example from thousands: You've heard of Rosie the Riveter, the hundreds of thousands of women who marched into the factories during World War II. That's true, but there were already women pioneering in those fields; the Census Bureau just erased many of them from the records because they couldn't have REALY been doing those jobs.
Among his other nonfiction works was "How Overdue Books Caused The Civil War," an essay you can still read at American Libraries if you want to know how the fight really started.
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“What you’ll find in this volume are stories that demonstrate a mastery of plotting; stories that compel you to keep turning the pages because of plot and because of setting; stories that wield suspense like a sword; stories of people getting their comeuppance; stories that utilize superb point of view; stories that plumb one particular and unfortunate attribute of a character,” promises guest editor Elizabeth George in her introduction.
The Best American Mystery Stories 2016 is a feast of both literary crime and hard-boiled detection, featuring a seemingly innocent murderer, a drug dealer in love, a drunken prank gone terribly wrong, and plenty of other surprising twists and turns.
The Best American Mystery Stories 2016 includes entries by Steve Almond, Megan Abbott, Matt Bell, Lydia Fitzpatrick, Tom Franklin, Stephen King, Elmore Leonard, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and others.
“There isn’t enough Xanax in anyone’s medicine cabinet to calm the jitters these 20 skillful stories will unleash on a worried world.” —Kirkus Reviews
In addition to the authors listed, the volume includes stories by Gabriel Valjan, Stephen Buehler, Jackie Ross Flaum, Stormy White, M. J. Holt, Frank Rankin, Bev Vincent, Puja Guha, James McCrone, Jim Doherty, Terry Sanville, Robert Lopresti, Madeline McEwen, and Ben Harshman.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin have been widely flattered almost from the moment Rex Stout first wrote about them in 1934. The Misadventures of Nero Wolfe collects two dozen literary tributes to one of crime fiction’s best-loved private detectives and his Man Friday. Included are:
- A 1947 pastiche by award-winning crime writer Thomas Narcejac
- Rollicking new stories written especially for this collection by Michael Bracken and Robert Lopresti
- Stories by bestselling authors including Lawrence Block and Loren D. Estleman
- Chapters from Robert Goldsborough’s authorized continuation of the Wolfe series; Marion Mainwaring’s 1955 tour de force Murder in Pastiche; and John Lescroart’s Rasputin’s Revenge, which reimagines a young Wolfe as the son of Sherlock Holmes
"The Red Envelope" won the Black Orchid Novella Award in 2012. The BONA is given out jointly by Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and the Wolfe Pack, the society dedicated to Rex Stout and the Nero Wolfe stories. Like the Wolfe stories "The Red Envelope" is a fair play mystery with wit, humor, and crime. None of Stout's characters were harmed (or involved) in the making of this tale. It is about 17,000 words long.
Robert Lopresti has been a fan of Rex Stout since fifth grade. He is the author of Greenfellas and Such A Killing Crime, plus more than sixty short stories. Besides the BONA he has won the Derringer Award twice, and the Lane Saunders Memorial Research Award. HIs works have appeared in the Best American Mystery Stories and Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, and his books have been published in Italy and Japan.
Now, a Who’s Who of award-winning crime writers pays homage to the Marxes in fourteen short stories, each inspired by one of the brothers’ thirteen studio films. (Wait a second: fourteen stories inspired by thirteen films? How does that add up? You'll find the answer to that question…and so much more!...inside the covers of this book.)
The authors? Donna Andrews, Frankie Y. Bailey, Jeff Cohen, Lesley A. Diehl, Brendan DuBois, Terence Faherty, Barb Goffman, Joseph Goodrich, Robert Lopresti, Sandra Murphy, Robert J. Randisi, Marilyn Todd, Joseph S. Walker, and editor Josh Pachter, who is a recent recipient of the Short Mystery Fiction Society’s Golden Derringer Award for Lifetime Achievement and the editor of two previous “inspired by” anthologies from Untreed Reads, The Beat of Black Wings: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Joni Mitchell and Only the Good Die Young: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Billy Joel.
To paraphrase Groucho: Outside of a dog, this book will be your best friend. (Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.)
In this collection, twelve award-winning writers of short crime fiction tackle the Joel catalog, and the result—edited by Josh Pachter, whose The Beat of Black Wings: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Joni Mitchell earned rave reviews in 2020—is a journey down life’s mean streets with a soundtrack by one of the great singer-songwriters of our time, and contributors Michael Bracken, Jeff Cohen, David Dean, John M. Floyd, Barb Goffman, James D.F. Hannah, Richard Helms, Robert Lopresti, Jenny Milchman, Terrie Farley Moran, Richie Narvaez, and Pachter himself are donating a third of their royalties to support the work of the Joel Foundation.
In the Gospel According to Billy, only the good die young. Within these pages, though, Death is an equal-opportunity exterminator, and the stories you’ll find here don’t just hit the charts: they go all the way to Number One … with a bullet!
Early Seattle was a hardscrabble seaport filled with merchant sailors, longshoremen, lumberjacks, rowdy saloons, and a rough-and-tumble police force not immune to corruption and graft. Now it’s home to big businesses and a flourishing art, theatre, and club scene. Seattle’s evolution to high-finance and high-tech has simply provided even greater opportunity and reward to those who might be ethically, morally, or economically challenged (crooks, in other words).
Seattle Noir features stories by G.M. Ford, Skye Moody, R. Barri Flowers, Thomas P. Hopp, Patricia Harrington, Bharti Kirchner, Kathleen Alcalá, Simon Wood, Brian Thornton, Lou Kemp, Curt Colbert, Robert Lopresti, Paul S. Piper, and Stephan Magcosta. You’ll find tales of a wealthy couple whose marriage is filled with not-so-quiet desperation; a credit card scam that goes over-limit; femmes fatales and hommes fatales; a group of mystery writers whose fiction causes friction; a Native American shaman caught in a web of secrets and tribal allegiances; sex, lies, and slippery slopes . . .
“Stories that reflect Seattle’s ethnic diversity as well as tales from its rough past to its glory days of Boeing, Starbucks and Microsoft.” —Publishers Weekly
“A new collection of stories all set in Seattle, with characters that break the mold. In many of the Seattle Noir stories, it’s the heroes, not the subsidiary characters, that are African-American, Native-American, Hispanic-American.” —The Seattle Times
SEVEN CARD JOKER HIGH, by Trey R. Barker
THE LOSER, by Robert Guffey
BLEST BE THE TIE THAT BINDS, by Michael Bracken
THE MAGNIFICENT SCORE, by John Hegenberger
WORSE THAN DEATH, by Robert Lopresti
THE LAST THING HE REMEMBERED, by Patricia Dusenbury
PAINT THE CLOWN RED, by Laird Long
THE CONTAGIOUS KILLER, by Bryce Walton
MWA Grand Master Margaret Maron, Edgar Award winner Tom Franklin, and New York Times bestselling novelist Ron Rash headline a new anthology of 21 tales spanning from traditional detective stories to comic capers to darkest noir and more — something for all tastes.
Murder Under the Oaks is published in conjunction with Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, held in 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina—the City of Oaks. As with the convention itself, the anthology spreads a broad canopy across a wide range of crime writers from across the country and around the world—including both veteran writers and the brightest up-and-coming talents in the field. Several of the stories in Murder Under the Oaks draw on the region’s history and culture—including the birth of a secret society at the University of Virginia, a mystery from Edgar Allan Poe’s childhood days, and a series of less-than-welcome visits by everyone’s favorite hometown sheriff.
All participants contributed their efforts to support our charity — the Wake County Public Libraries — and by extension readers and writers everywhere. All profits go to the library.
Edited by Art Taylor. Including stories by J.L. Abramo, J.D. Allen, Lori Armstrong, Rob Brunet, P.A. De Voe, Sean Doolittle, Tom Franklin, Toni Goodyear, Kristin Kisska, Robert Lopresti, Robert Mangeot, Margaret Maron, Kathleen Mix, Britni Patterson, Karen Pullen, Ron Rash, Karen E. Salyer, Sarah Shaber, Zoë Sharp, B.K. Stevens and Graham Wynd.
Welcome to Black Cat Weekly #29—another fine issue. We have a historical interview with Poul Anderson (originally published in 1976). As Darrell says, his old interviews fall “somewhere between oral history and paleontology.” They are always fascinating. I’ve always said Darrell is one of the best interviewers in the field.
For this issue’s mysteries, we have an original tale by Robert Lopresti—Michael Bracken, between his writing and editing our quarterly mystery journal, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, always manages for find something interesting for BCW. Barb Goffman has selected a harder-edged crime story, “Pickup and Delivery,” by Eric Beckstrom. And we have a classic suspense novel from John P. Marquand, creator of Mr. Moto. And no issue is complete without a brain-tickling solve-it-yourself mystery from Hal Charles (the writing team of Hal Sweet and Charlie Blythe).
Editor Cynthia Ward has selected a cyberpunk story by M. Christian, “Jigō Jitoku,” which is mind-bending fun. plus we have classics by Ray Cummings (Robots!), Malcolm Jameson (a deal-with-the-Devil!), Richard Wilson (classic SF!), and a personal favorite author, Clark Ashton Smith (historical fantasy!). Great reading.
Here’s the complete lineup:
“Speaking with Poul Anderson,” conducted by Darrell Schweitzer [interview]
Mysteries / Suspense / Adventure:
- “The Man in the Quarry, by Robert Lopresti [Michael Bracken Presents short story]
- “A Surprising Treat,” by Hal Charles [solve-it-yourself mystery]
- “Cop Killer,” by James Holding [short story]
- “Pickup and Delivery,” by Eric Beckstrom [Barb Goffman Presents short story]
- The Black Cargo, by John P. Marquand [novel]
Science Fiction & Fantasy:
- “Jigō Jitoku,” by M. Christian [Cynthia Ward Presents short story]
- “The Robot God,” by Ray Cummings [short story]
- “The Enchantress of Sylaire,” by Clark Ashton Smith [short story]
- “Blind Alley,” by Malcolm Jameson [short story]
- “The Big Fix!” by Richard Wilson [short story]
Jewish Noir is a unique collection of new stories by Jewish and non-Jewish literary and genre writers, including numerous award-winning authors such as Marge Piercy, Harlan Ellison, S.J. Rozan, Nancy Richler, Moe Prager (Reed Farrel Coleman), Wendy Hornsby, Charles Ardai, and Kenneth Wishnia. The stories explore such issues as the Holocaust and its long-term effects on subsequent generations, anti-Semitism in the mid- and late-twentieth-century United States, and the dark side of the Diaspora (the decline of revolutionary fervor, the passing of generations, the Golden Ghetto, etc.). The stories in this collection also include many “teachable moments” about the history of prejudice, and the contradictions of ethnic identity and assimilation into American society.
“A Simkhe” (A Celebration), first published in Yiddish in the Forverts in 1912 by one of the great unsung writers of that era, Yente Serdatsky. This story depicts the disillusionment that sets in among a group of Russian Jewish immigrant radicals after several years in the United States. This is the story’s first appearance in English.
“Trajectories,” Marge Piercy’s story of the divergent paths taken by two young men from the slums of Cleveland and Detroit in a rapidly changing post-World War II society.
“Some You Lose,” Nancy Richler’s empathetic exploration of the emotional and psychological challenges of trying to sum up a man’s life in a eulogy.
“Her Daughter’s Bat Mitzvah,” Rabbi Adam Fisher’s darkly comic profanity-filled monologue in the tradition of Sholem Aleichem, the writer best known as the source material for Fiddler on the Roof (minus the profanity, that is).
“Flowers of Shanghai,” S.J. Rozan’s compelling tale of hope and despair set in the European refugee community of Japanese-occupied Shanghai during World War II.
“Yahrzeit Candle,” Stephen Jay Schwartz’s take on the subtle horrors of the inevitable passing of time.