New from Down & Out Books: MICKEY FINN: 21st Century Noir edited by Michael Bracken

TAMPA, Fla. - Dec. 14, 2020 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that MICKEY FINN: 21ST Century Noir Vol. 1 edited by Michael Bracken has been published on December 14, 2020 in trade paperback and ebook formats.

About MICKEY FINN: 21st Century Noir …

Mickey Finn: 21st Century Noir is a crime-fiction cocktail that will knock readers into a literary stupor.

Contributors push hard against the boundaries of crime fiction, driving their work into places short crime fiction doesn't often go, into a world where the mean streets seem gentrified by comparison and happy endings are the exception rather than the rule. And they do all this in contemporary settings, bringing noir into the 21st century.

Like any good cocktail, Mickey Finn is a heady mix of ingredients that packs a punch, and when you've finished reading every story, you'll know that you've been "slipped a Mickey."

The twenty contributors, some of today's most respected short-story writers and new writers making their mark on the genre, include J.L. Abramo, Ann Aptaker, Trey R. Barker, Michael Bracken, Barb Goffman, David Hagerty, James A. Hearn, David H. Hendrickson, Jarrett Kaufman, Mark R. Kehl, Hugh Lessig, Steve Liskow, Alan Orloff, Josh Pachter, Steve Rasnic Tem, Mikal Trimm, Bev Vincent, Joseph S. Walker, Andrew Welsh-Huggins, and Stacy Woodson.

Meet the editor …

Michael Bracken has edited several previous crime fiction anthologies, including the Anthony Award-nominated The Eyes of Texas: Private Eyes from the Panhandle to the Piney Woods and the three-volume Fedora series. He co-edits (with Trey R. Barker) the serial novella anthology series Guns + Tacos. Stories from his anthologies have been short-listed for Anthony, Derringer, Edgar, Macavity, and Shamus awards, and have been named among the year's best by the editors of The Best American Mystery Stories and the editors of The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories.

Bracken is the author of eleven books and more than 1,300 short stories, including crime fiction in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, Black Mask, Down & Out: The Magazine, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Espionage Magazine, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, and The Best American Mystery Stories. In 2016 he received the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer Award for Lifetime Achievement in short mystery fiction. He lives and writes in Texas.

In its eleventh year as an independent publisher of award-winning literary and crime fiction, Down & Out Books ( 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

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