Thursday, May 17, 2012

Mysterious Press Publishes New Collection of Short Stories by David Corbett

Killing Yourself to Survive by David Corbett

Earlier this week Mysterious Press published Killing Yourself to Survive, a new collection of short stories by crime novelist David Corbett. Also published are new editions of the author's first two novels, The Devil's Redhead and Done for a Dime (All are available as ebooks only).

Before becoming a novelist, Corbett spent fifteen years as an investigator for the San Francisco private detective agency Palladino & Sutherland. In 1995, he left to help his wife set up her own law firm before selling his first novel in 2000. (It was published in hardcover by Ballantine two years later.)

Here's a synopsis of this new collection of short stories, from the publisher:

Sterling Associates recruited Satcher in the killing fields of Iraq. A marine who learned the brutalities and frustrations of war in Fallujah, Satcher was ideal for Sterling, a shadowy corporation whose business is to kill for America when the CIA can't. He comes to Guatemala, the deadliest nation in the Americas, to kidnap a Sinaloan cartel member and turn him against his family. There he meets Odilia, an idealistic young lawyer dedicated to raising her country from the mire. Both want to save Guatemala, but Satcher's method means destroying it first.

This new story from the hard-boiled mind of David Corbett is a glimpse into a life most Americans prefer to ignore. Along with the six others in this volume, it provides a glimpse into the darkest corners of the modern world, and a reminder that hope springs even from the bloodiest soil.

Finally, Mysterious Press is offering a free original short story by Corbett — one not included in the book — just for subscribing to their newsletter. A blog post has the details, though doesn't mention an end date.

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