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Tiny Crimes - Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder - cover

Tiny Crimes - Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder

Lincoln Michel, Nadxieli Nieto

Publisher: Black Balloon Publishing

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Summary

Immensely fun to read, Tiny Crimes is a playful mashup of crime genres (noir, sci-fi, cozy, absurdist, humor, international, and more); the collection is also a "who's who" of literature today:  Carmen Maria Machado, J. Robert Lennon and Amelia Gray, Laura van den Berg and Brian Evenson, Yuri Herrera and Amber Sparks, to name just a few
Perfect gift for the fans of True Detective, Fargo, and Westworld; quickly digestible stories make it great read for commuting and short attention spans
The reader can begin anywhere she likes, with each story a stellar entry point into the collection's immersive, punchy, and cinematic tone
Includes stories in translation by Yuri Herrera (Spanish), Fuminori Nakamura (Japanese), Fabien Clouette & Quentin Leclerc (French), with both the English version and the original appearing sequentially in the collection, and featuring celebrated translators including Lisa Dillman, Allison Powell, and Jeffrey Zuckerman
Featuring several comics among the stories in the collection
For readers who loved My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales, and the Akashic City Noir series
Contributors located in Berkeley, CA; Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria; Brooklyn, NY; Cambridge, MA; Chicago, IL; Columbia, SC; Decatur, GA; Denver, CO; Irvine, CA; Ithaca, NY; Lincolnville, ME; Los Angeles, CA; Madison, WI; Merida, Mexico; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Minneapolis, MN; Oswego, NY;  Philadelphia, PA; Rennes, France; Salt Lake City, UT; Tokyo, Japan; Toronto, Canada; Washington, D.C. 
List of every contributor's favorite independent bookstore available on request
Physical ARCs will include endorsements from independent booksellers, and digital ARC available on Edelweiss

Bookseller Praise for Tiny Crimes
"I picked up this book for two primary reasons: (1) Elizabeth Hand. 'Nuff said. (2) I really liked a previous Catapult anthology called Watchlist. Well, I was not disappointed. As with any multi-author anthology, some stories were more to my taste than others. But the editors have put together a wonderful array of voices, each of whom brings a different perspective to the overall crime theme. I also loved that the translated stories included the original text on facing pages. Tiny Crimes has definitely given me a list of new authors to check out, which, as far as I'm concerned, means an anthology has done its job!" —Rebecca, Kramerbooks (Washington, D.C.)

 
"Tiny Crimes is a flash fiction redefinition of the crime genre, encompassing a wide array of stunningly original voices. Asking 'What is criminal in this moment?,' the collection is imbued with a wild sense of wrongness. It’s haunted by the ghosts of murdered prairie dogs, held hostage by loneliness. The tiny crimes within are everyday offenses, cheeky explorations, and heinous acts (the index, perhaps the greatest delight, includes such entries as: PENIS—glowing faintly in the dark, DOG—eaten down to spine, and TURNSTILE—hopped by nun). Ultimately, it places a mirror before the reader. It demands an interrogation of one’s own understanding of criminality and personal culpability." —Elizabeth Willis, Avid Bookshop (Athens, GA)

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