In the grip of a record cold winter, Detective Lieutenant Rick Peller and his colleagues investigate a trio of seemingly unconnected crimes: a disappearance, a series of arsons, and a murder. While temperatures plummet, cold cases collide with new crimes, and somewhere a killer with blood as icy as the waters of the Chesapeake watches and waits.
Bernard and Melody Earls are hired to nick a silver statuette of a pine marten (a species of weasel) from a family of rich buffoons. It won’t be easy, but a job is a job, and this one may offer more than it appears!
Roberto Maccarone has brought grand opera to the solar system’s fringe, where there isn’t enough culture to fill a petri dish. But soon he’s up to his eyebrows in corporate greed, rebellious miners, bloodthirsty mercenaries, outrageous lies, intense loathing, inane conversations, and more unintended consequences than you can shake a baton at.
Nothing is quite what it seems in this realm. Partners cross each other. Late-night visitors appear from nowhere. Lakes, forests, and caves harbor secrets best not revealed. And every day, curious encounters change lives. This eclectic gathering of thirty-one short tales, including award-winning flash fiction and longer stories, will chill you, get you thinking, and …