New from Down & Out Books: THE GREAT FILLING STATION HOLDUP edited by Josh Pachter

TAMPA, Fla. - Feb. 22, 2021 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that THE GREAT FILLING STATION HOLDUP: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Jimmy Buffett edited by Josh Pachter has been published on February 22, 2021 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


Jimmy Buffett is one of the great contemporary singer/songwriters, and it's hard to imagine a citizen of Planet Earth unfamiliar with such classic hits as "Margaritaville." Jimmy has also written novels, children's books, memoirs, and a stage musical based on Herman Wouk's Don't Stop the Carnival, and his family-friendly concerts almost always sell out to audiences comprised of a mix of dedicated Parrotheads, casual fans, and newbies.

In The Great Filling Station Holdup, editor Josh Pachter presents sixteen short crime stories by sixteen popular and up-and-coming crime writers, each story based on a song from one of the twenty-nine studio albums Jimmy has released over the last half century, from Leigh Lundin's take on "Truckstop Salvation" (which appeared on Jimmy's first LP, 1970's Down to Earth) to M.E. Browning's interpretation of "Einstein Was a Surfer" (from 2013's Songs from St. Somewhere).

If you love Jimmy's music or crime fiction or both, you'll love The Great Filling Station Holdup. Mix yourself a boat drink, ask Alexa to put on a buffet of Buffett tunes, kick back, and enjoy!

Including stories by Leigh Lundin, Josh Pachter, Rick Ollerman, Michael Bracken, Don Bruns, Alison McMahan, Bruce Robert Coffin, Lissa Marie Redmond, Elaine Viets, Robert J. Randisi, Laura Oles, Isabella Maldonado, Jeffery Hess, Neil Plakcy, John M. Floyd, and M.E. Browning.

Meet the editor …

Josh Pachter is a writer, editor and translator. Almost a hundred of his short crime stories have appeared in EQMM, AHMM, and many other periodicals, anthologies, and year's-best collection. He is the editor of The Beat of Black Wings: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Joni Mitchell (Untreed Reads) and The Misadventures of Nero Wolfe (Mysterious Press) and the co-editor of Amsterdam Noir (Akashic Books) and The Misadventures of Ellery Queen (Wildside Press). His translations of stories by Dutch and Flemish authors appear regularly in EQMM. In 2020, he received the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Short Mystery Fiction Society.

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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