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ITW 2021 Thriller Short Story Award Goes To . . .

by Paula Gail Benson

Alan Orloff

I remember meeting Alan Orloff at Malice
Domestic when his first novel, Diamonds for the Dead, was an Agatha
award finalist. Since that time, he has published nine additional novels and a
myriad of short stories that have appeared in Needle: A Magazine of
Noir, Shotgun Honey Presents: Locked & Loaded, Jewish Noir, Alfred
Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Mystery Weekly, Windward: Best New England Crime
Stories 2016, Chesapeake Crimes: Storm Warning, Noir at the Salad Bar, 50
Shades of Cabernet, Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies, Snowbound:
Best New England Crime Stories 2017, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, The Night of
the Flood, 
and Mystery Most Geographical.

Recently, Alan’s story, “Rent Due” (in Mickey Finn: 21st Century Noir)
received the 2021 International Thriller Writers’ Thriller Award for Best Short


This follows the success of his novel Pray for the Innocent (Kindle Press)
which received the 2019 Thriller for Best E-Book Original.


“Rule Number One” (originally published
in Snowbound, from Level Best Books) was selected for the 2018
edition of 
The Best American Mystery
 anthology, edited by Louise Penny.


“Happy Birthday” (published on Shotgun
Honey) was a 2018
Derringer Award Finalist
 in the Flash Fiction category (an
award given by the members of the Short Mystery Fiction Society).


“Dying in Dokesville” (published in Mystery Most Geographicalwon the 2019
Derringer Award
 in the Short Story category.


Currently, his novel I Know Where You Sleep (Down & Out Books) is
2021 Shamus Award
 in the Best First P.I. Novel category.


Congratulations, Alan! May your writing
continue to thrive!