I was discussing the nature of crime the other day with a colleague. I recently caught someone in a deception and was marveling at the stupidity of people who choose deception over honesty. We’ve all heard of the stupid criminal. It’s one reason why our jails are so full. They just don’t think things through far enough to cover their tracks.
Lucky for the rest of us.
Fortunately, most people are generally smart enough to realize that crime doesn’t pay. Even better, some of the most brilliant among us channel their energy into writing about the crimes they can imagine, and have fictional characters act them out.
Like the amazing collection of authors in the latest Storybundle: The Dark Crimes Bundle, which is curated by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
About this bundle, she says:
“I have only a handful of requirements of crime fiction—innovative characters, twisty plots, concrete settings, and great voice. Not many mystery writers manage to hit each requirement. I’ve read so much crime fiction that I’m hard to surprise. I get irritated when I can’t “see” the setting. I don’t want to hang out with the same kind of characters who show up on TV. And I really want to hear someone whisper in my ear as I’m reading.
“Every writer in this bundle hits all my crime fiction requirements. In fact, every writer here exceeds them—always surprising me, always entertaining me. I love the work of each writer in this bundle. In one way or another, I’ve worked with each one of them. I’m not the only one who recognizes their quality either. We have New York Times bestsellers, Macavity winners, Shamus winners, Derringer winners, ITW Thriller Writer award winners, and international bestsellers.
“If you like mystery and crime fiction as much as I do, you’ll love this bundle. And if you’re new to the genre, this bundle will introduce you to enough authors to influence your reading for years to come.”
And while you’re there, be sure to check out another fantastic bundle, The Moonscapes Bundle, curated by Dean Wesley Smith. You can read more about that bundle here.
But don’t forget: This is a limited time opportunity (Moonscapes ends this Wednesday!…Dark Crimes in a couple of weeks), so don’t let it pass you by.
Because that would be a crime.
Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.