I’ve written several short stories, one of which was nominated for a Derringer Award in 2010. My short work is featured in several anthologies.
I’ve published a short story anthology called Five Uneasy Pieces.
About the book:
This short story anthology reveals my love for pulp fiction and cinema. Each of the stories explores the shadowy worlds of noir, mystery and crime fiction. They range in tone from hardboiled detective to parody. Altogether, this collection has something for everyone who enjoys dark or edgy crime fiction.
Includes a sixth bonus short story.
Reviews and endorsements:
“In her introductory note to Five Uneasy Pieces, Debbi Mack claims she finds writing short stories ‘difficult.’ Well, you wouldn’t know it from the ‘pieces’ themselves. Each rings true as a tuning fork, whether for dialogue, setting, or depth. A lean collection of gems.”
—Jeremiah Healy, author of Off-Season and The Concise Cuddy
“Five Uneasy Pieces packs a nasty punch that will keep mystery fans enthralled.”
—Simon Wood, author of Terminated
“In her first collection of short works, Five Uneasy Pieces, 2010 Derringer Award nominee Debbi Mack creates modern-day noir worlds where voyeurism and sleuthing are as natural to its inhabitants as breathing. Never content to leave well enough alone, Mack’s fascinating cavalcade of off-kilter protagonists spy and insinuate themselves into other people’s lives – to mostly tragic effect.
“While descriptive, observational humor was a hallmark of Mack’s excellent hardboiled crime novel Identity Crisis, here she uses it sparingly, and instead infuses a handful of riveting mini-mysteries with a real sense of dread, fear, and unease that lingers long after the lights are out. Recommended.”
—J.T. Cummins, author of Cobblestones
“Mack really packs twists and surprises into these five shorts.”
—C.J. West, author of The End of Marking Time