Edited by Louise Penny — What an entertaining collection this is! The stories cover a wide range of mystery, crime and suspense writing, with a fair bit of edge. Edited by popular Canadian author Louise Pennyfrom a collection assembled under the direction of Otto Penzler, the 20 stories first appeared in short story magazines and anthologies during 2017.
It's my pleasure to announce the return of Retreats From Oblivion: The Journal of NoirCon with the publication of "Sugar Water," a lost story by the great Charles Willeford, and to introduce myself, Matthew Sorrento, your new humble Editor-in-chief (many thanks to publisher Lou Boxer and fellow-in-noir, Andrew Repasky McElhinney): "It took another ten years before I actually learned how to make sugar water. It takes a combination of sugar, blood, sweat, crushed hearts, burned archives, sweltering heat, icicles, molten steel, water, grape juice, gin, wine, melted cheese, cherries, and tears. Plenty of tears."