Florida. Just the state’s name inspires a reaction when heard. It is a state of pristine white sand beaches, green water, abundant wildlife, strip clubs, bait shops, theme parks and transients. From the Spanish moss-festooned live oaks of the panhandle to the Everglades, from the Keys to the oldest European-established settlement in the United States, Florida has been inspiring crime writers for decades, from the noir of John D. MacDonald to the hijinks of Carl Hiaasen’s bestsellers.

Drum-roll please! We are thrilled to announce the contributors to the 2018 Bouchercon Anthology!

Patricia Abbott, “When Agnes Left Her House”
J.D. Allen, “The Unidentifieds”
Jack Bates, “The Fakahatchee Goonch”
Lawrence Block, “The Burglar Who Strove to Go Straight”*
Susanna Calkins, “Postcard for the Dead
Reed Farrel Coleman, “The Ending”
Angel Luis Colón, “Muscle Memory”
Hilary Davidson , “Mr. Bones”
Brendan DuBois, “Breakdown”
John Floyd, “Frontier Justice”
Barb Goffman, “The Case of the Missing Pot Roast”
Greg Herren, “Cold Beer No Flies”
Eleanor Cawood Jones, “All Accounted for at the Hooray for Hollywood Motel”
John D. MacDonald, “The Hangover”
Paul D. Marks “There’s an Alligator in My Purse”
Craig Pittman, “How to Handle a Shovel”
Neil Plakcy, “Southernmost Point”
Alex Segura, “Quarters for the Meter”
Debra Lattanzi Shutika, “Frozen Iguana”
Holly West, “The Best Laid Plans”
Michael Wiley, “Winner”

We are immensely grateful to everyone who submitted stories. We had a record number of submissions, and choosing from this embarrassment of riches was a monumental task (that’s a real quote from our editor, Greg Herren!).

We’ll have more news about the anthology (including the cover) soon!
*This isn’t a new short story, but rather an excerpt from one of LB’s books that is specifically relevant to St. Petersburg, Florida