Only the Good Die Young:
Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Billy Joel
edited by Josh Pachter
This is my third "inspired by" anthology, following The Beat of Black Wings: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Joni Mitchell and The Great Filling Station Holdup: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Jimmy Buffett.
As with the Buffett book, I decided to limit the contents to one story per studio album -- and, since Billy only released a dozen studio albums, that meant a dozen stories. For Jimmy, I focused on Florida authors, and for Billy I wanted to focus on New Yorkers, so I got stories from Richie Narvaez, Terrie Farley Moran, and upstater Jenny Milchman, plus one from Barb Goffman (who grew up on Long Island but now lives in Virginia) and a pair from next-door-neighbor New Jersey's Jeff Cohen and David Dean. Add to that old standbys Michael Bracken, John Floyd, and Robert Lopresti and new-to-my-projects Rick Helms and James D.F. Hannah -- plus me, also a former Long Islander -- and that made twelve.
As with my contributions to the Joni and Jimmy books, I took the cover song for myself. "Only the Good Die Young" is a one-off about a down-at-heels PI who's hired to bodyguard a down-at-heels woman he had a crush on back when they were both in high school.
Once again, Kristopher Zgorski did a cover reveal at BOLO Books, and the trade paperback and e-book came out on April 27, 2021.
You can order the book from Untreed Reads, and it's also available on Amazon.
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