All Fiction

Short stories and book excerpts published on CriminalElement.com, including original and reprinted material.

November 11, 2014

“The Crooked Man” by Michael Connelly: Exclusive Excerpt

Michael Connelly
Bosch and Holmes...
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November 10, 2014

“Incident on the 405” by Travis Richardson: Special Excerpt

Travis Richardson
A Hollywood assistant collides with a broke, addicted mom. Read it all!
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November 7, 2014

If the Shoe Kills: New Excerpt

Lynn Cahoon
Watch where you step!
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November 1, 2014

The Laughing Monsters: New Audio Excerpt

Denis Johnson
Memories of a past fortune draw Ronald Nair back to Africa...
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October 4, 2014

One Tragic Night: New Excerpt

Mandy Wiener and Barry Bateman
An extensive account of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial.
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October 2, 2014

Malice: New Audio Excerpt

Keigo Higashino
Detective Kaga must search Japan to find the murderer of a bestselling author.
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September 29, 2014

Proof Positive: New Excerpt

Archer Mayor
Joe Gunther returns to investigate the mysterious death of a Vietnam vet turned hoarder.
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September 4, 2014

“Eldercare”: Exclusive Short Story Excerpt from Family Matters

Triss Stein
Just don't tell women you live with your mother.
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September 2, 2014

Only the Dead: New Excerpt

Vidar Sundstol
On a strange deer hunt, a Forest Service officer discovers family is its own kind of wilderness...
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August 26, 2014

Assassin’s Game: New Excerpt

Ward Larsen
Does a master assassin ever truly retire?
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August 24, 2014

Strange Shores: New Excerpt

Arnaldur Indridason
Inspector Erlendur is learning that some secrets should stay buried.
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August 23, 2014

The Freezer: New Excerpt

Timothy S. Johnston
A murder leads Tanner to a facility on Jupiter's moon where time is literally running out.
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August 22, 2014

Summer of the Dead: New Excerpt

Julia Keller
Running around the woods is an elusive killer. Can Bell Elkins save the day again?
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August 21, 2014

To Die Fur: New Excerpt

Dixie Lyle
An albino liger is dead. Can Foxtrot, and her paranormal pets, sniff out the murderer?
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August 20, 2014

The Long Way Home: New Excerpt

Louise Penny
Chief Inspector Gamache is pulled back into duty once again...
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August 19, 2014

The Equalizer: New Audio Excerpt

Michael Sloan
Got a problem? Odds against you?
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August 18, 2014

Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box: Exclusive Excerpt

George Mann
Amid WWI, Holmes is pulled from retirement...
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August 16, 2014

Gun Metal Heart: New Excerpt

Dana Haynes
A few injuries couldn't keep freelance operative Daria Gibron from taking this case...
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August 15, 2014

Jungle Horses: Exclusive Excerpt

Scott Adlerberg
After being bailed out of debt, a London man must venture to a remote island...
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August 14, 2014

Don’t Look Back: New Excerpt

Gregg Hurwitz
Eve's outdoor adventures were never supposed to include running for her life...
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August 13, 2014

Payoff: New Excerpt

A movie mogul's daughter is kidnapped, and in comes U.S. Marshal Simon Fisk...
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August 12, 2014

A Distance to Death: New Excerpt

Holly Menino
Tink Elledge is back in the saddle—and in more danger than ever.
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August 7, 2014

Half in Love with Arftul Death: New Excerpt

Bill Crider
The sheriff doesn't know art, is sure he hates complaints about it...
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August 6, 2014

Beware Beware: New Excerpt

Steph Cha
Getting to the bottom of this Hollywood mystery will test every bit of P.I. apprentice Juniper Song.
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August 5, 2014

Alien Hunter: Underworld: New Excerpt

Whitley Strieber
While hunting murderous aliens, Flynn must face his greatest mystery: who, or what, is he?
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August 4, 2014

24: Deadline: New Audio Excerpt

James Swallow
Never bet against Jack Bauer.
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August 2, 2014

Dead Line: A New Excerpt

Chris Ewan
When your fiancee is kidnapped, it helps to be a highly trained hostage negotiator.
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July 31, 2014

Deadout: A New Excerpt

Jon McGoran
A new genetically modified bee hides a terrifying secret...
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July 30, 2014

The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy: An Online-Exclusive Excerpt

Jacopo della Quercia
Comment for a chance to win!
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July 29, 2014

A Colder War: A New Excerpt

Charles Cumming
MI6 agent Tom Kell returns hoping to rid the Western intelligence of a murderous mole.