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Thirteen Confessions THIRTEEN CONFESSIONS

A baker's dozen of the very best short fiction from award-winning novelist David Corbett. From the casinos of Vegas to the barrios of Central America to the Zen Buddhist underground of San Francisco, they all share a common theme: the inexhaustible search for dignity even in the face of life's last chance.

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Best American Mystery Stories 2011 BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2011 Edited by Harlan Coben and Otto Penzler

David's short story collaboration with Luis Alberto Urrea, "Who Stole My Monkey?", which originally appeared in Lone Star Noir (Akashic Press), was selected for Best American Mystery Stories 2011 edited by Harlan Coben and Otto Penzler. It also includes stories by Lawrence Block, Brendan DuBois, Loren D. Estleman, Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin, Ed Gorman, Richard Lange, S. J. Rozan, Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins, among others. Publishers Weekly Starred Review.

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Scoundrels SCOUNDRELS: Tales of Greed, Murder and Financial Crimes
Edited by Gary Phillips

NEW! David's short story, "What the Creature Hath Built," kicks off this stellar anthology with other contributions from SJ Rozan, Reed Farrel Coleman, Brendan DuBois, Kelli Stanley, Tyler Dilts, Travis Richardson, Eric Stone, Bob Truluck, Pamela Samuels Young, Darrell James, Lono Waiwaiole, Seth Harwood and Gary Phillips (who also served as editor). Scoundrels: Tales of Greed, Murder and Financial Crime will be available across all eBook platforms including Kindle and Nook as well as a trade paperback edition.

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West Coast Crime Wave WEST COAST CRIME WAVE
Edited by Brian Thornton

David's story "Returning to the Knife" appears in this Pacific-themed eBook collection with other standout authors such as Terrill Lee Lankford, Bill Cameron, Steve Brewer, Ted Hertel, Simon Wood, Steve Hockensmith and Naomi Hirahara, among others—with a forward by Ken Bruen.

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Lone Star Noir LONE STAR NOIR
Edited by Bobby Byrd

David collaborated with with Luis Alberto Urrea in writing a story of a Texas Odyssey in pursuit of a cherished, haunted accordion. The story, "Who Stole My Monkey?", was subsequently included in Best American Mystery Stories 2011 edited by Harlan Coben and Otto Penzler.

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Mission at Tenth MISSION AT TENTH
Journal of the California Institute of Integral Studies

David's poem, "Fire Season," appeared in the Heiroglyph Issue (August, 2011) of Mission at Tenth, the journal of the California Institute of Integral Studies.
 

Putting on the Dog THE SMOKING POET

David's short story, "Stray," appeared in the Winter 2010-2011 edition of the online literary zine Smoking Poet.
 

The Copper Bracelet THE LINEUP #4
Edited by Gerald So with Reed Farrel Coleman, Sarah Cortez, and R. Narvaez

The collection includes crime-themed poems by David Corbett, Ken Bruen, Michael Casey, Reed Farrel Coleman, and others.

Order information is at The Lineup Blog.


 

The Copper Bracelet THE COPPER BRACELET
Read by Alfred Molina

Now available in Vook format.

The latest serial audio thriller from Audible.com is now available. The title is The Copper Bracelet, and it again contains a chapter from David. Jeffrey Deaver provided the first and last chapters, as he did with its predecessor, The Chopin Manuscript, with additional contributions from David Hewson, Brett Battles, Lee Child, Joseph Finder, Jim Fusilli, John Gilstrap, David Liss, Gayle Lynds, Linda Barnes, P.J. Parrish, James Phelan, Jon Land, Lisa Scottoline and Jenny Siler. Once again the book is being read by the incomparable Alfred Molina.

Read interviews with the project's various authors about what they found challenging, gratifying—and infuriating—about taking part in a serial thriller.

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Nominated for a 2010 Audie Award for Best Original Work


 

Best American Mystery Stories 2009 BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2009
Edited by Otto Penzler

David's short story Pretty Little Parasite which originally appeared in Las Vegas Noir (Akashic Press), has been re-issued in Best American Mystery Stories 2009 (Houghton Mifflin), edited by Jeffrey Deaver and Otto Penzler. It also includes stories by Alice Munro, James Lee Burke, Alafair Burke, Michael Connelly, Chuck Hogan, Joyce Carol Oates, and a notable host of others.

"David Corbett's Pretty Little Parasite, concerning a pregnant Las Vegas cocktail waitress turned drug dealer, is a first-rate example of fiction noir."
   —Jon L. Breen, The Weekly Standard (read the full review here)

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Phoenix Noir
PHOENIX NOIR
Edited by Patrick Millikin

David's short story Dead by Christmas appears in Phoenix Noir (Akashic Press), which also includes stories by Lee Child, James Sallis, Luis Alberto Urrea, Jon Talton, Megan Abbott, Charles Kelly, Robert Anglen, Patrick Millikin (who also edited the anthology), Laura Tohe, Kurt Reichenbaugh, Gary Phillips, Don Winslow, Dogo Barry Graham, Diana Gabaldon, and Stella Pope Duarte. A launch party (with David in attendance) was held at Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, AZ in October of 2009.

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The Chopin Manuscript
(larger cover here)
THE CHOPIN MANUSCRIPT

Now available in Vook format.

The Chopin Manuscript is a unique collaboration among 15 distinguished international thriller writers who came together to create a single audiobook with each author contributing a chapter to the ongoing story. The book is serialized and is hailed as the first-ever audio serial book.

Jeffery Deaver conceived the characters and the setting and put the plot in motion with the first chapter. From there the story was turned over to fourteen authors—including Lee Child, Lisa Scottoline, Joseph Finder, David Hewson, S. J. Rozan, and P. J. Parrish—who each wrote a chapter that propelled the story along. Along the way the plot took twists and turns as each author lent his or her own imprint on the tale. Characters were added as the action moved around the world—and the stakes got higher and higher. The book wrapped with Deaver writing the final two chapters bringing The Chopin Manuscript to its explosive conclusion.

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One of the Four Best Audiobooks of 2008 Publishers Weekly

2008 Audiobook
of the Year

Audio Publishers Association's Audie Awards

One of the Top 45 Audio Books of 2007
(Second Best Mystery Title)
AudioFile Magazine


Go here for an interview with Jim Fusilli, editor of The Chopin Manuscript, plus a video interview with Jim, Jeffrey Deaver, David Hewson, P.J. Parrish, and Joseph Finder (and a video excerpt preview from the book!).

Watch a video of David explaining his contribution to The Chopin Manuscript.

"Murder, mystery, and music combine in this international thriller written by 15 authors . . . Alfred Molina gives an outstanding performance. . . [A] highly entertaining listen."
   —Audiofile

"[A] remarkable achievement of collaboration in both scope and execution. . . [A] brilliant tour de force performance."
   —Anthony Rainone, The Rap Sheet

Find out more and listen to the first chapter by clicking the banner below, and read about the project in USA TODAY.

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Las Vegas Noir LAS VEGAS NOIR
Edited by Jarret Keene and Todd James Pierce

David's short story Pretty Little Parasite was selected by the Guest Editor, Jeffery Deaver, for inclusion in The Best American Mystery Stories 2009.

This is one of Akashic Press's line of noir anthologies, which include:

D.C. NOIR, edited George Pelecanos
MANHATTAN NOIR, edited by Lawrence Block
BALTIMORE NOIR, edited by Laura Lippman
DUBLIN NOIR, edited by Ken Bruen
CHICAGO NOIR, edited by Neal Pollack
MIAMI NOIR, edited by Les Standiford
LOS ANGELES NOIR, edited by Denise Hamilton

LAS VEGAS NOIR includes stories from star crime writers like David, Tod Goldberg and Scott Phillips, as well as John O'Brien (who wrote Leaving Las Vegas) and O. Henry prize winner Vu Tran, with contributions from a number of other prize-winning authors like Janet Berliner, Todd James Pierce (also the co-editor), Preston J. Allen and Pablo Medina, accomplished hands like Felicia Campbell and Jaq Greenspon, and rising stars like Jarret Keene (also the co-editor), Bliss Esposito, Lori Kozlowski, and Nora Pierce. David's story, Pretty Little Parasite, was inspired in part by two cases he worked on in Las Vegas as a private investigator: one involving a casino worker who, becoming pregnant, decided to deal cocaine so she could be a stay-at-home mom (and the coke addict narc who fell for her); and the other a former midnight movie host who became a police informant. Reviewers have praised its compelling pace and "great reveal" (Bruce Grossman, Bookgasm).

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San Francisco Noir SAN FRANCISCO NOIR
Edited by Peter Maravelis

This is one of Akashic Press's line of noir anthologies, which include:

D.C. NOIR, edited George Pelecanos
MANHATTAN NOIR, edited by Lawrence Block
BALTIMORE NOIR, edited by Laura Lippman
DUBLIN NOIR, edited by Ken Bruen
CHICAGO NOIR, edited by Neal Pollack
MIAMI NOIR, edited by Les Standiford
LOS ANGELES NOIR, edited by Denise Hamilton

SAN FRANCISCO took a decidedly more literary tack than its peers, with contributions not just from crime writers such as David, Eddie Muller, Dominic Stansberry, and Jim Nesbit, but such literary stars as Barry Gifford, Kate Braverman, Robert Mailer Anderson, Michelle Tea, Will Christopher Baer, and Peter Plate. David's story, "It Can Happen," was inspired by an estate planning case he and his late wife Terri worked on, involving a quadriplegic, his duplicitous but still much-loved ex-wife, her con man boyfriend, and the couple's embittered daughter. It was nominated for the Macavity Award for Best Short Story of 2005. Online reviewer H.L. Suder remarked: David Corbett's "It Can Happen" displays the author's talent to write like a boxer fights, weaving and bobbing with words, entrancing the reader in a steadily building climax."

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San Francisco Noir
David joins fellow San Francisco Noir contributors (l to r) Eddie Muller, Michelle Tea, and Peter Plate at the Mechanics Institute Library on January 17th, 2007



Meeting Across the River MEETING ACROSS THE RIVER
Edited by Jessica Kaye and Richard Brewer

Each of the stories in this anthology was inspired by the song "Meeting Across the River" from Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" album, and contains contributions from David, C.J. Box, Eric Garcia, Gregg Hurwitz, Steve Hamilton, William Kent Krueger, Wallace Stroby, Barbara Serenella, Cara Black, and Eddie Muller among others. Roderick Jones, in his review in "Backstreets: The Boss Magazine," wrote: "A Springsteen fan's reading of Meeting Across the River will be fueled by the desire to find those same characters that inhabit her imagination while the song is playing. For me, they showed up three-quarters of the way through the book, in "Bobby the Prop Buys In," by David Corbett. At 21 pages, it's the longest story, and also the most engaging . . . Corbett delivers a narrative that actually does seem 'inspired' the song."

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