Here’s the set-up for John Urban’s Urban Shorts, just 99 Cents on Kindle:
Urban Shorts – modern-day stories of mystery, suspense, and crime.
Mystery writer John Urban provides four short stories plus an opening excerpt from his soon to be released mystery novel. The 20,500 word e-book includes:
- “Junior Jameson” — Extreme wealth, corporate excess, and a crime that takes the reader from New York to Antigua and back.
- “Courtesy Call” — A locally grown police officer patrols his home community on what was to be a quiet summer evening.
- “The Association” — Retirement life in Stuart-by-the-Sea is quiet and dull. Or at least it was until now.
- “Halfway Rock” — Urban’s protagonist, Steve Decatur, sets out in a water-borne chase on the stormy waters of Buzzards Bay.
- “Devil’s Bridge” — An opening except of a new Steve Decatur mystery involving modern day slave trafficking that draws historical echoes from the days of the early 1800s when ships from Newport and Bristol, Rhode Island sailed the Triangle Trade.
From a reviewer:
I don’t usually read short stories but since I enjoyed Urban’s novel, A Single Deadly Truth, I decided to give his Urban shorts a try. I found all four of the stories varied and interesting and I have to say I enjoyed reading them. This doesn’t mean that I’m going on a short story reading frenzy anytime soon, but if John comes out with another story collection in the future I’ll probably pick them up. Besides, how can you beat four stories for 99 cents. — Mike Jastrzebski, author of The Storm Killer and Key Lime Blues.
Like his protagonist, John Urban has worked as a college professor and he sails the waters of Southern New England on an old wooden sailboat that he restored. He is a regular contributor to the blog Write On The Water, and his short stories have appeared in the anthologies Seasmoke and Deadfall.
The ocean was his desired destination from an early age. As a boy living a landlocked life in Western Massachusetts, nights were dedicated to reading about boats and watching Flipper and weekends were spent boating and fishing, April-to-October, on Long Island Sound.
Thoughts of a career at sea ended early after a stint at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, but the circle of life has come around some years later in the form of the fictional world of Steve Decatur. Urban lives just outside Boston and spends his summers near the waters edge of Buzzards Bay and Rhode Island Sound. A Single Deadly Truth, published on Amazon Kindle, is Urban’s debut novel. As second Steve Decatur mystery is due out in 2011.
For more information: www.johnmurban.com
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