Coming in March from Down & Out Books: MURDER-A-GO-GO'S edited by Holly West
The Go-Go's made music on their own terms and gave voice to a generation caught between the bra-burning irreverence of the seventies and the me-first decadence of the eighties. Anthems like "We Got the Beat," "Our Lips Are Sealed," and "Vacation" are an indelible part of our collective soundtrack, but more than that, they speak to the power and possibility of youth. Inspired by punk but not yoked to it, the Go-Go's broke important musical ground by combining cheeky lyrics, clever hooks, and catchy melodies, perfectly capturing what it feels like to be young and female in the process.
But beyond the Go-Go's effervescent sound and cheerful pop stylings, a darkness underlies many of their lyrics and melodies, hinting at the heartache and frustration inherent in growing up. In other words, plenty to inspire murder and mayhem.
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With a foreword by Go-Go's co-founder Jane Wiedlin and original stories by twenty-five kick-ass authors, editor Holly West has put together an all-star crime fiction anthology inspired by one of the most iconic bands of the eighties and beyond.
Advance praise for MURDER-A-GO-
"Shock and awe, that sums up my reaction to Murder-A-Go-
"Domestic suspense. Hardboiled murder. Stays of execution, and every tale of betrayal, depravity, and heart-breaking bittersweet loss in between. Murder-A-Go-
"Beneath the pop stylings and sensibilities of the Go-Go's pulsed the heart of a punk band. In this eye-opening anthology, some of the sharpest voices of contemporary short crime fiction tease out the aches and anxieties echoing through the groundbreaking group's music: the dark sides of desire, the missed opportunities, the tangled regrets. Angst, uneasiness, soul-baring secrets? These stories—they got the beat."—Art Taylor, Agatha, Anthony, Derringer, and Macavity Award-winning author of On the Road with Del & Louise: A Novel in Stories
"Holly West (editor)'s Murder-A-Go-
"This is the music-driven anthology you didn't know you needed, but after you read it, you'll realize your bookshelf was lacking without it. This is a killer line-up of writers, and under Holly's steady hand, they don't play a single false note. Murder-A-Go-
"With 25 stories from a greatest-hits list of authors, it's no surprise that Murder-A-Go-
"I always suspected that twinkle in the Go-Gos' eyes was a coded invitation to a darker world. In the hands of these 25 stellar crime fiction writers, 'We Got the Beat' and 'Our Lips Are Sealed' become evil little gems. A totally rad read." —Alan Hunter, Original MTV VJ, SiriusXM Host
"Who knew those happy songs by one of all-time favorite bands, the Go-Go's could inspire such dark, noir, spine tingling stories?!! It's a collection of tales of distinctly female rage—the murderous kind and other wise—to keep you up at night!" —Alison Arngrim, TV's Nellie Oleson and New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of a Prairie Bitch
Meet the editor …
Holly West is the Anthony Award-nominated author of the Mistress of Fortune historical mystery series. Her debut, Mistress of Fortune, was nominated for the Left Coast Crime Rosebud Award for Best First Novel. Her short fiction has appeared online and in numerous anthologies, and her latest story, "The Best Laid Plans," appears in Florida Happens, the 2018 Bouchercon anthology.
In its eighth year as an independent publisher of award-winning literary and crime fiction, Down & Out Books (https://downandoutbooks.com) is based in Tampa, Florida. For more information about the book, to request a review copy of the book, or to inquire about an interview with the author, contact email@example.com.