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As summer tapers off, EQMM adds to the coming chill with its September/October 2018 issue. Darkness emerges in the brightest of vacation locales in the suspenseful “Maui: The Road to Hana” by G.M. Malliet and “Playground of the Rich” by Jennifer Soosar. On other trips, unnerving storms arrive while characters navigate their own murky natures (see “Sometimes You Have to Climb a Mountain” by Tom Tolnay and “Window to the Soul” by Scott Loring Sanders), while in the Department of First Stories, events take a wild turn in a run-down hotel (“Palmetto Springs” by Jeremy Herbert). At home, crime may lurk just beyond an apartment’s walls, as investigators discover in “Rizzo’s Gun Moll” by Lou Manfredo and “The Case of the Smoking Knife” by Paul Charles, and even the most humdrum of daily commutes brings danger in the Passport to Crime department (“End of the Line” by De Paepe and Depuydt). Meanwhile, things aren’t what they seem in twisty narratives by Marilyn Todd (“First Dates Are Always the Tricky Ones”), Sharon Hunt (“Promises to Keep”), and Nancy Novick (the Department of First Stories’ “How Does He Die This Time?”). In a redemptive tone, familiar heroes strive for justice in a new Dylan Lacrosse story from Doug Allyn (“Defender of the Dead”), a case for the mother of Lydia Chin by S.J. Rozan (“Chin Yong-Yun Helps a Fool”), an Auguste Didier whodunit by Amy Myers (“Murder in Aladdin’s Cave), a challenge for spy Finn Teller by Twist Phelan (“Game”), a P.I. Willie Cuesta case by John Lantigua (“The Cuban Prisoner”), and a Pat Gallegher New Orleans tale by Richard Helms (“The Man With Two Grins”). Readers also won’t want to miss “The Big Run,” a new collaboration by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins, or “For the Memoir,” by the late award-winning Robert S. Levinson. Blog Bytes, The Jury Box, and a preview of the October and November Stranger Than Fiction columns round out this haunting fall issue.

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