The Soda City Matter

Moonstone Books has announced the forthcoming anthology, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. It features new short stories about the Man With the Action-Packed Expense Account, by writers like Joe Gentile, Garry Phillips, Bobby Nash and myself. 

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From the blurb:

For the first time EVER, BRAND NEW STORIES of the “man with the action-packed expense account”! One of classic Radio’s most beloved detectives makes his way to prose in Moonstone’s YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR! This thrilling collection features today’s top authors, including Anthony Award winning Author Gary Phillips, putting Johnny in the cross-hairs of all kinds of danger, dames, and dark deeds! More stories by: Tommy Hancock, Joe Gentile, Ron Fortier, Eric Fein, Bobby Nash, Josh Reynolds, & Barry Reese.

My story, “The Soda City Matter”, finds Johnny travelling to Columbia, South Carolina on the trail of a missing man, but true to form he finds more than he bargained for.

I’m actually a bit surprised that this one is seeing the light of day – the anthology has been in the works for around seven years. I wrote “The Soda City Matter” in 2011, and I haven’t actually read it since then. The editor seemed to enjoy it, which is what counts, I suppose. Anyway, I’m proud to be a part of this book.

If you don’t know anything about Johnny Dollar, you should definitely check out some of the original radio shows, mostly available for free via the Internet Archive. The Bob Bailey episodes are my favourites, and they’re the ones I modelled my own story on.