Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 5:01 a.m.
An early-morning message from Village Voice Media:
Every week, writers for New Times Broward-Palm Beach
and our parent company, Village Voice Media, produce elegant magazine-style feature writing -- a gritty portion of which comes in the form of true-crime stories.
Now VVM has collected some of its best recent true-crime yarns into an ebook: Seven Sins: A True Crime Anthology From Village Voice Media
. Available on Amazon
, the book features seven stories, including the odd story of a young San Francisco woman so enamored of serial killers that she became known as America's most prominent "murder groupie" and the incredible tale of a young American Muslim woman "honor-killed" by her own father.
The book's already drawing praise from crime-writing pros.
"If you thought that short true-crime stories died with pulp magazines like Headline Detective or Police Files, you might be surprised to learn that they live on in the pages of big-city alternative weeklies," wrote Carroll Lachnit, author of four murder mysteries, including Murder in Brief and Janie's Law. "Village Voice Media's collection of such stories from its publications is a dark tour of American society."
Michael A. Kahn, the attorney and award-winning author of Trophy Widow and other legal thrillers, is also a fan.
"Those who write about true crime must face the challenge that truth is often stranger than fiction -- and messier and emptier and less coherent," noted Kahn. "All of which makes this collection the more remarkable."