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Penny Mickelbury is the author of ten mystery novels in three successful series: The Carol Ann Gibson Mysteries, the Mimi Patterson/Gianna Maglione Mysteries, and the Philip Rodriguez Mysteries. Mickelbury’s short stories have been included in several anthologies and collections, among them Spooks, Spies and Private Eyes: Black Mystery, Crime and Suspense Fiction (Paula Woods, Ed.),The Mysterious Naiad (Grier and Forrest, Ed.), and Shades of Black: Original Mystery Fiction by African-American Writers (Eleanor Taylor Bland, Ed.) The character in the story in this collection, “Murder Then…And Now,” Charles “Boxer” Gordon, so far lives only in short story form, but he’s feeling ready to step out -- and into his own novel.
Send My Love and a Molotov Cocktail: Stories of Crime, Love and Rebellion
Editors: Gary Phillips and Andrea Gibbons
Publisher: PM Press
Published August 2011
Size: 8 by 5.5
Page count: 256 Pages
Burn, Baby, Burn.
An incendiary mixture of genres and voices, this collection of short stories compiles a unique set of work that revolves around riots, revolts, and revolution. From the turbulent days of unionism in the streets of New York City during the Great Depression to a group of old women who meet at their local café to plan a radical act that will change the world forever, these original and once out-of-print stories capture the various ways people rise up to challenge the status quo and change up the relationships of power. Ideal for any fan of noir, science fiction, and revolution and mayhem, this collection includes works from Sara Paretsky, Paco Ignacio Taibo II, Cory Doctorow, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Summer Brenner.
Samples from the Table of Contents:“I Love Paree” by Cory Doctorow & Michael Skeet: The story of a business consultant living in revolutionary Paris during an anti-corporatist uprising, and what he does after he's conscripted into the Communard Army.
“One Dark Berkeley Night” by Tim Wohlforth: In a story spanning decades, the ambush shooting of a cop one lonely night in Berkeley in the ‘70s echoes into the present for several people who have a lot to lose should the truth come out. .
“Orange Alert” by Summer Brenner: A disparate group of elderly women get together at their local café, and plan a radical act the world won’t soon forget.
“Poster Child” by Sara Paretsky: Is a murder mystery where the sides are archly drawn when an anti-abortion activist is beaten to death near a pro choice fundraiser.
“Two Days in June” by Rick Dakan: A young internet salesman on his rounds in today’s Berlin is drawn into a clouded past via personal and cyber memories when East Berlin wasn’t just a geographic designation.
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This may be the strangest item on this list, given this short story collection’s…variable…subject matter. Part of PM Press’ hard-boiled and socially engaged Switchblade imprint, Send My Love and a Molotov Cocktail! (SMLAAMC!) contains a number of activist-oriented tales, including “Orange Alert,” by Summer Brenner, in which an act of civil disobedience is planned by a group of radical retirees, and “Murder…Then and Now,” by Penny Mickelbury, a tale of revenge against an FBI informant decades after a black revolutionary organization is torn apart by the spy in their midst. And then, there’s the wacky novella “Gold Diggers of 1977” by Michael Moorcock, wherein his staple character Cornelius and co. somehow come into conflict with the Sex Pistols’ manager, all set to a raging punk soundtrack.