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Suicide Blonde

A collection of stories by

Three Stories. Three Eras. Three Crimes.

A 1960s mob fixer is drawn into a Vegas fix that might just put the fix on him. Dead Chinese immigrants wash up on the beaches of 1889 Seattle and one government official refuses to look the other way. An Italian ex-galley slave, sometime thief, and full-time rogue masterminds a one-of-its kind jail break in 1581 Constantinople.


“Brian Thornton’s trio of historical novellas—Suicide Blonde—affirms his status as a star of the genre. A true wordsmith, Thornton paints rich, evocative portraits of early 1960s Las Vegas mobsters, nineteenth-century Pacific Northwest racial strife, and sixteenth-century Venetian maritime adventures. These novellas brim with characters full of life and personality, and the storytelling transports the reader to fascinating—and dangerous—times. Top-drawer stuff.” —James W. Ziskin, Anthony and Macavity Award-winning author of the Ellie Stone mysteries

“Evoking Dashiell Hammett and Phillip Kerr, Suicide Blonde conjures a world of pulp adventure and hardboiled grit. From the Vegas Strip to the Mediterranean, this trio of historical crime tales surges with period precision and Black Mask-worthy thrills. Thornton delivers.” —Sam Wiebe, award-winning author of Invisible Dead and Last of the Independents

“A trio of tales that span the globe and the centuries, each one told with a historian’s eye for detail and a storyteller’s gift for pacing. Suicide Blonde is not to be missed.” —Renee Patrick, Anthony and Macavity Award-nominated author of Design For Dying and Script For Scandal

Genre: Mystery

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