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Just To Watch Them Die: Crime Fiction Inspired By The Songs Of Johnny Cash
Edited By Joe Clifford
ISBN: 978-1939751249
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No one personifies the FTW rock-and-roll ethic better than the Man in Black. Johnny Cash’s music can be captured in that one iconic photograph. Guitar slung off his shoulder, sneer on his lips, middle finger extended to let the status quo know what he thought of it. Which is why Cash’s music speaks to so many of the marginalized, the forgotten, the misunderstood, the disen-franchised.

Featuring some of today’s best crime fiction writers, Just to Watch Him Die is a kick-ass collection of wronged men and women who, like Johnny, walk the line every day, fighting for what they believe is right.


Joe Clifford is acquisitions editor for Gutter Books and producer of Lip Service West, a "gritty, real, raw" reading series in Oakland, CA. His bestselling Jay Porter Thriller Series (Oceanview Publishing) has received rave reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among many others. The third in the series, Give Up the Dead, released June 2017. Joe is also editor of Trouble in the Heartland: Crime Stories Based on the Songs of Bruce Springsteen and the forthcoming Just to Watch Him Die: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Johnny Cash. Currently Joe teaches online writing courses for LitReactor and around the country at various conferences and retreats.

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Contents

Foreword by Micah Schnabel

Like the 309 by Rob Hart

God’s Gonna Cut You Down by Jen Conley

One Piece at a Time by David James Keaton

A Boy Named Zoë by Lynne Barrett

Rusty Cage by David Corbett

The Ballad of Forty Dollars by Tom Hazuka

Sunday Morning, Coming Down by Mike Creeden

Rose of my Heart by Nik Korpon

Missouri Waltz by Sarah M. Chen

Hurt by Terrence McCauley

25 Minutes to Go
by S.W. Lauden

Want to Go Home
by Gabino Iglesias

Don’t Take Your Guns to Town
by Danny Gardner

Ring of Fire
by James Grady

Thirteen by Rene Asher Pickup

Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow by Hector Duarte Jr

Folsom Prison Blues by Ryan Leone

Walk the Line by James R. Tuck

Jackson by Angel Luis Colón

I Don’t Know Where I’m Bound
by Jennifer Maritza McCauley

I Still Miss Someone by Steven Ostrowski

Man in Black by Terri Lynn Coop

Understand Your Man by Max Booth III

Were You There When They Crucified My Lord? by Heath Lowrance