About a year and a half ago, J.J. Hensley had an idea. J.J. has a lot of ideas and I usually ignore most of them, but this was one was good.
“Everybody who writes for The Thrill Begins should collaborate on an anthology!”
See? Not bad!
We passed J.J.’s idea around the group and everyone loved it. In fact, we started expanding on the concept immediately, excitedly; we couldn’t help ourselves.
It didn’t take long for the concept to come together, a collection of inter-related stories called THE NIGHT OF THE FLOOD:
It happened the night Maggie Wilbourne was to be put to death, the first woman executed by the state of Pennsylvania in modern times. That was when a group of women, known as the Daughters, who were passionately protesting Maggie’s imprisonment struck. They blew up a local dam, flooding the town of Everton and indirectly inspiring a hellish night of crime and chaos.
Fourteen of today’s most exciting crime fiction writers will take you to the fictional town of Everton, with stories from criminals, cops, and civilians that explore the thin line between the innocent and the guilty, the rich and the poor, the insider and the outsider. Whether it’s a store owner grimly protecting his property from looters, an opportunistic servant who sees her time to strike, or two misguided youths taking their anger out against any available victim, THE NIGHT OF THE FLOOD is an intricate and intimate examination of the moment when chaos is released–in both society and the human spirit.
Our plan was just to incorporate our Murderers’ Row, as well as Jenny Milchman, our fearless leader, but we needed more words – Tom Sweterlitsch was unable to participate, and we hadn’t started working with Mark Pryor or S.J.I. Holliday. So we reached out to four other writers we’ve worked with in the past – Sarah M. Chen, Angel Luis Colon, Mark Edwards, and Alan Orloff – and asked them to contribute stories.
We were fortunate that Down and Out Books, fresh off winning the Anthony for Best Anthology in 2016, was interested in the book, and we’re pleased to announce that they agreed to publish it! And bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan agreed to write a guest introduction! And you can see the cover right now at BOLO Books!
This was an exciting project for us, and we know it will be an exciting read for you. We’ll have more information as we get closer to the publication date: March 5, 2018.
(As a side note, this anthology was conceived of and written well before the current flood season. But we are planning to donate a percentage of our author royalties to a flood relief fund.)