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  1. 0.2 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    One evening in South Florida, an author is dozing beside a swimming pool in when a stranger interrupts his peace. The newcomer, a self-professed fan and a literary agent of sorts, has a proposal for the author one that may shape the course of literary history. With just a few thousand words, this charming short story from Ray Bradbury may change the way you look at classic literature forever. One More Body in the Pool by Ray Bradbury is one of 20 short stories within Mulholland Books’s Strand Originals series, featuring thrilling stories by the biggest names in mystery from the Strand Magazine archives. View the full series list at mulhollandbooks.com and read them all!

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    One More Body in the Pool

    0.2 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 0.3 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    Two women have gone missing, and LAPD Detective Harry Bosch has a strong suspicion that an avid fisherman named Denninger is the culprit. Bosch needs something stronger than a suspicion to bring Denninger in, but all he has are a handful of photos—prior mug shots and pictures of Denninger posing with his prize fish. It’s not much to go on, and Bosch is running out of time, which is why he calls in FBI agent Rachel Walling. What she sees in these photos could blow his case wide open. Blue on Black by Michael Connelly is one of twenty short stories within Mulholland Books’s Strand Originals series, featuring thrilling stories by the biggest names in mystery from the Strand Magazine archives. View the full series list at mulhollandbooks.com and read them all!

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    Blue on Black

    0.3 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 0.5 hrs • 6/7/2016 • Unabridged

    From the renowned American playwright Tennessee Williams, a glimpse of college life on the eve of graduation. It’s the last day of the academic year and the students of a small Midwestern university are preparing for a bacchanalian celebration called “Crazy Night.” Our chaperone for the evening is Phil, a freshman on the verge of flunking out, who roves the fraternities in search of beer, women, and the meaning of life. It’s just after the Great Crash, with Prohibition in sobering effect—a bleak time for college graduates and dropouts, who have one more night to do everything before they enter a world that offers them nothing. “Crazy Night” by Tennessee Williams is one of twenty short stories within Mulholland Books’ Strand Originals series, featuring thrilling stories by the most legendary authors in the Strand magazine archives.

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    Crazy Night

    0.5 hrs • 6/7/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 0.8 hrs • 4/19/2016 • Unabridged

    From the bestselling author of The Tourist comes a tale where a young man struggles to find his identity. Olen Steinhauer’s crafty story, “The Start-Up,” begins as an affectionate recounting by Tom, a down-on-his-luck graduate caring for his sick mother and reconnecting with his awkward friend, Jerry McLaughlin. Jerry lives in a relative’s basement in Chicago, and over the intervening months the two young men contrive Jerry’s seemingly innocuous plan to become a super-villain in the spirit of Bond greats like Blofeld. Things turn dark, however, when Jerry’s plans find success, and he enlists the wayward Tom to help him expand his little start-up to the next level. At turns witty and diabolical, “The Start-Up” is a fiendish take on both the spy genre, as well as the dangerous friendships of Highsmith, John le Carré, and others. “Start-Up” by Olen Steinhauer is one of twenty short stories within Mulholland Books’s Strand Originals series, featuring thrilling stories by the most legendary authors in the Strand magazine archives. View the full series list at mulhollandbooks.com and read them all.

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    Start-Up

    0.8 hrs • 4/19/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 0.9 hrs • 4/19/2016 • Unabridged

    From the New York Times bestselling author of the Lincoln Rhyme series, a short story about Lincoln Rhyme solving a mysterious plane crash with no forensic evidence. A small jet with only the pilot on-board crashes into the Atlantic Ocean. Local authorities are unsure whether the cause of the crash is a bomb or a violent storm. The case seems like it will be an easy one to solve for former NYPD homicide detective Lincoln Rhyme to solve. The evidence is inside the cockpit but there is one problem. The wreckage sits at the bottom of the Puerto Rican Trench, the deepest part of the Atlantic Ocean that stretches to twenty-eight thousand feet. The plane can’t be raised. And there’s no way to get to where the evidence lies. “Where the Evidence Lies” by Jeffery Deaver is one of twenty short stories within Mulholland Books’s Strand Originals series, featuring thrilling stories by the biggest names in mystery from the Strand magazine archives. View the full series list at mulhollandbooks.com and read them all!

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  6. 0.3 hrs • 12/2/2015 • Unabridged

    Ryan W. Bradley takes listeners into the world of blue-collar Alaska, reflecting on all that is unique about the rough and untamed state while touching on the basic truths about what it means to be human. In “Like Swimming,” an aging construction worker copes with memory issues and his own mortality while showing a newcomer the ropes.

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    Like Swimming

    0.3 hrs • 12/2/15 • Unabridged
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    1.0 hrs • 12/17/2013 • Unabridged

    From the wicked imagination of award-winning writer Warren Ellis comes DEAD PIG COLLECTOR, a love story with a classic Ellis twist. So while it might be a love story, it's also about killing people and disposing of their bodies in the most efficient manner possible. DEAD PIG COLLECTOR introduces readers to Mister Sun, a very proficient businessman whose trade is the murder and spotless removal of human beings. Like any businessman, he knows each transaction is only as good as his client - and today's client, in Los Angeles, has turned out to be so dangerously stupid that Mister Sun's work and life are now in jeopardy...

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    Dead Pig Collector

    1.0 hrs • 12/17/13 • Unabridged
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  8. 0.9 hrs • 12/15/2013 • Unabridged

    Mark’s parents have never done a thing for him. When he got out of the army and married Krystal, they were against it, just as they are against his moving to Los Angeles. But Mark has a dream, a dream of being an entertainer, of having a show in Las Vegas. So he packs Krystal and their son, Hans, into their car and starts driving from Arizona to California, determined to show his parents how wrong they are to doubt him. But when the car breaks down at a small gas station in the desert, Mark and Krystal are forced to face realities about their future and their marriage.

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    Desert Breakdown, 1968

    0.9 hrs • 12/15/13 • Unabridged
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  9. 0.6 hrs • 11/15/2013 • Unabridged

    This short story from the collection Wild Child was originally published in the New Yorker. Lonnie is tired. He’s tired of his job, the monotony of it, and tired of the predictability of his home life now that he’s a father. It’s a day like every other day, and he can’t face the inevitability of it all. So he lies. It’s a small lie, but he knows small lies become big ones. He knows it as soon as he says his daughter is in the hospital. But he can’t stop himself, and he can’t stop the lie from taking on a life of its own.

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    The Lie

    0.6 hrs • 11/15/13 • Unabridged
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  10. 0.7 hrs • 11/15/2013 • Unabridged

    This short story from the collection Wild Child was originally published in Playboy. Marita Vallalba is revered in her Venezuelan village, and not just because her son, Aquiles Maldonado, is a big league baseball player in the United States. In fact, it is because of her son and his multimillion-dollar contract that has been splashed across the Venezuelan newspapers that she is kidnapped and held for ransom. Upon returning home, Aquiles is advised against paying the ransom, but he is prepared to go to any lengths to get his mother back.

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    The Unlucky Mother of Aquiles Maldonado

    0.7 hrs • 11/15/13 • Unabridged
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    0.6 hrs • 4/9/2013 • Unabridged

    From the author of the instant New York Times bestseller Tenth of December comes a darkly comic short story, a fable about the all too real impact that we humans have on the environment. Fox 8 has always been known as the daydreamer in his pack, the one his fellow foxes regarded with a knowing snort and a roll of the eyes. That is, until Fox 8 develops a unique skill: he teaches himself to speak “Yuman” by hiding in the bushes outside a house and listening to children’s bedtime stories. The power of language fuels his abundant curiosity about people—even after “danjur” arrives in the form of a new shopping mall that cuts off his food supply, sending Fox 8 on a harrowing quest to help save his pack. Told with his distinctive blend of humor and pathos, Fox 8 showcases the extraordinary imaginative talents of George Saunders, whom the New York Times called “the writer for our time.”

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    Fox 8

    0.6 hrs • 4/9/13 • Unabridged
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  12. 0.9 hrs • 10/16/2007 • Unabridged

    Imogene is young and beautiful. She kisses like a movie star and knows everything about every film ever made. She's also dead and waiting in the Rosebud Theater for Alec Sheldon one afternoon in 1945. . . . Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with big ideas and a gift for attracting abuse. It isn't easy to make friends when you're the only inflatable boy in town. . . . Francis is unhappy. Francis was human once, but that was then. Now he's an eight-foot-tall locust and everyone in Calliphora will tremble when they hear him sing. . . . John Finney is locked in a basement that's stained with the blood of half a dozen other murdered children. In the cellar with him is an antique telephone, long since disconnected, but which rings at night with calls from the dead. . . .

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  13. 0.9 hrs • 10/16/2007 • Unabridged

    A dazzlingly original, award-winning collection of visions and nightmares from the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box. Imogene is young and beautiful. She kisses like a movie star and knows everything about every film ever made. She's also dead and waiting in the Rosebud Theater for Alec Sheldon on an afternoon in 1945 . . . Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with big ideas and a gift for attracting abuse. It isn't easy to make friends when you're the only inflatable boy in town . . . Francis is unhappy. Francis was human once, but that was then. Now he's an eight-foot tall locust and everyone in Calliphora will tremble when they hear him sing . . . John Finney is locked in a basement that's stained with the blood of half a dozen other murdered children. In the cellar with him is an antique telephone, long since disconnected, but which rings at night with calls from the dead . . . The past isn't dead. It isn't even past . . .

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    0.8 hrs • 10/2/2007 • Unabridged

    A mysterious circus terrifies an audience for one extraordinary performance before disappearing into the night, taking one of the spectators along with it . . . In a novella set two years after the events of American Gods, Shadow pays a visit to an ancient Scottish mansion, and finds himself trapped in a game of murder and monsters . . . In a Hugo Award-winning short story set in a strangely altered Victorian England, the great detective Sherlock Holmes must solve a most unsettling royal murder . . . Two teenage boys crash a party and meet the girls of their dreams—and nightmares . . . In a Locus Award-winning tale, the members of an exclusive epicurean club lament that they've eaten everything that can be eaten, with the exception of a legendary, rare, and exceedingly dangerous Egyptian bird . . . Such marvelous creations and more—including a short story set in the world of The Matrix, and others set in the worlds of gothic fiction and children's fiction—can be found in this extraordinary collection, which showcases Gaiman's storytelling brilliance as well as his terrifyingly entertaining dark sense of humor. By turns delightful, disturbing, and diverting, Fragile Things is a gift of literary enchantment from one of the most unique writers of our time.

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    A Study in Emerald

    0.8 hrs • 10/2/07 • Unabridged
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