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About Vinnie Hansen
Vinnie Hansen fled the South Dakota prairie for the California coast the day after high school graduation.
A reading addict since childhood, Vinnie is now the author of the Carol Sabala mysteries. The seventh installment in the series, Black Beans & Venom, was a finalist for the Claymore Award. She’s also written a stand-alone novel titled Lostart Street and many published short stories including "Miscalculation" in Santa Cruz Noir, "Novel Solution" in Fish or Cut Bait, "Room and Board" in Fishy Business, and "The Last Word" in Fault Lines, Stories by Northern California Crime Writers. Her flash fiction, "Bad Connection," won the 2015 Golden Donut Award from the Writers' Police Academy.
Still sane after 27 years of teaching high school English, Vinnie has retired and lives in Santa Cruz, California, with her husband and the requisite cat.
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In Akashic Books’ award-winning series of original noir anthologies, each book comprises all new stories set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city. Following in the footsteps of Los Angeles Noir, San Francisco Noir, San Diego Noir, Orange County Noir, and Oakland Noir, “we get a series of crime stories rich with surf culture in a town loaded with itinerant spirits, typifying Santa Cruz as a place to be lost, or get lost, or lose yourself. That ethos permeates the stories in the collection, granting them an intriguing grittiness that might otherwise be missing. Concluding with a serious gutpunch of a story, Santa Cruz Noir is a worthy addition to the series” (San Francisco Book Review).
This anthology features Elizabeth McKenzie’s “The Big Creep,” a Shamus Award finalist, and Lou Mathews’s “Crab Dinners” and Dillon Kaiser’s “It Follows as it Leads,” which have been included in the Distinguished Mystery Stories of 2018 list in The Best American Mystery Stories 2019. It also includes brand-new stories by Tommy Moore, Jessica Breheny, Naomi Hirahara, Calvin McMillin, Liza Monroy, Jill Wolfson, Ariel Gore, Jon Bailiff, Maceo Montoya, Micah Perks, Seana Graham, Vinnie Hansen, Peggy Townsend, Margaret Elysia Garcia, Lee Quarnstrom, Beth Lisick, and Wallace Baine.
“A thrilling, whip-smart book that will dazzle local lovers of crime fiction.”—Good Times Santa Cruz
“There are intricate plots, sketchier plots, dubious motives, inscrutable motives, downright creepiness, edgy stuff, and wonderful humor. Something for everyone’s taste in noir.”—Escape into Life
When Carol plunges into an art world offering urban graffiti to paintings of polka-dotted cats, she confronts the age-old questions: What is art? What defines an artist? She also confronts what defines a successful private investigator as she unravels much more than a murder case.
In Old Havana, Carol sets off to track down Megan, the client’s missing daughter, who is battling metastasizing cancer and running from a sociopathic boyfriend. Struggling in the exotic world of the island, Carol races to find Megan, before the disease or her ex-boyfriend kills her.
Introduction, by Debra H. Goldstein
The Wannabe, by Lida Bushloper
Nova, Capers, and a Schmear of Cream Cheese, by Debra H. Goldstein
Windfall, by Rita A. Popp
Who Stole My Lunch?, by Kate Fellowes
Nine Lives of Husbands and Wives, by Chelle Martin
The Lost Mine of Don Fernando, by Anna Castle
Scrabble-Rousers, by K.M. Rockwood
The Retirement Plan, by Mary Fern Ross
Room and Board, by Vinnie Hansen
Payout Payback, by Susan Bickford
My Night with the Duke of Edinburgh, by Susan Daly
The A-List, by C.C. Guthrie
The Great Negotiator, by Raegan Teller
For Want of a Grade, by T.Y. Euliano
Exit Interview, by Beth Green
The Dark Underground, by Steve Shrott
The Trouble with Trouble, by Lesley Mang
It Tastes Like Cardboard, by Joan Leotta
The Hollerith Effect, by Andrew MacRae
The Fork, the Spoon, and the Knife, by T.G. Wolff
The Funeral Home Heist, by MaryAlice Meli
Power of Attorney, by James M. Jackson
Training to be a private eye, Carol wrangles a job to investigate a woman’s will. The more Carol probes the retirement home where the woman died, the more she grasps how easily one could kill an elderly person in such a facility. It is, after all, an expected last address.
With Carol’s mother intent on moving to the same retirement home, the stakes are high. Will Carol prevent this facility from being her mother’s final address? Can she keep all the pieces of her life in the air as she enters a world of drug addicts and murder?
For you who enjoy the grittier female protagonists like Kinsey Milhone or Aimée Leduc, discover how Carol Sabala reacts when squeezed.
They all spell trouble for private investigator Carol Sabala. When Carol’s mother dies unexpectedly, Carol is left with no family—only money, grief, and an envelope. Her mother has charged her with a mission: deliver the envelope to her long-lost father. Enroute to Zihuatanejo, Mexico, to track down her father, Carol encounters the alluring Mark Escalante, who snares her in a deadly pursuit of his own.