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Trouble in the Heartland
Edited By Joe Clifford
ISBN: 978-1-939751027
Available December 1, 2014

Like some born killers, this pairing of crime stories and the songs of Bruce Springsteen is a natural one.

Each of the accomplished authors in this unique anthology chose a Springsteen title as a starting point, and in the criminally inclined spirit of the Boss, drove headlong to wherever that inspiration called. The destinations are as wildly diverse and far-reaching as the songs that influenced them. Some arrive at hope and redemption; others end up smoking in a ditch. One thing’s for sure: you sign up for this ride, and Trouble in the Heartland will transport you somewhere unforgettable.

Joe Clifford is editor of The Flash Fiction Offensive, and producer of Lip Service West, a “gritty, real, raw” reading series in Oakland, CA. He is the author of four books (Choice Cuts, Junkie Love, Wake the Undertaker, and Lamentation), as well as editor of the forthcoming Trouble in the Heartland: Crime Stories Based on the Songs of Bruce Springsteen. Joe’s writing can be found at

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Authors and Songs:

Dennis Lehane - State Trooper
Jordan Harper - Prove It All Night
Chris Leek - Candy's Room
Hillary Davidson - Hungry Heart
James R. Tuck - I'm On Fire
Lynne Barrett - Dancing In The Dark
James Grady - Thunder Road
Dyer Wilk - Dry Lightning
Tom Pitts - Local Hero
C S DeWildt - Glory Days
Chuck Wendig - Queen of the Supermarket
Mike Creeden - Something in the Night
Rob Pierce - Rosalita
David James Keaton - The Ghost of Jim Toad
Peter Farris - What Love Can Do
Chris F. Holm - Mansion on the Hill
Ryan Sayles - Highway Patrolman
Brian Panowich - Wreck on the Highway
Matthew Louis - My Hometown
Christopher Irvin - Death to my Hometown
Paul J. Garth - Nebraska
Les Edgerton - The Iceman
Todd Robinson - We Take Care of Our Own
Keith Rawson - My Best Was Never Good Enough
Isaac Kirkman - Streets of Fire
John McFetridge - Spare Parts
Ezra Letra - Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?
Jen Conley - It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City
Benoit Lelievre - Atlantic City
Richard Thomas - Because the Night
Lela Scott MacNeil - Darkness on the Edge of Town
Chuck Regan - Radio Nowhere
Court Merrigan - The Promised Land
Eric Beetner - Open All Night
Steve Weddle - Meeting Across The River
Chris Rhatigan - Wrecking Ball
Lincoln Crisler - Born to Run
Gareth Spark - Straight Time
Jamez Chang - This Little Light of Mine
Richard Brewer - Last to Die