Hemingway-Steinbeck Box Set
Three Issues with rare works by two of America’s greatest authors, John Steinbeck and Ernest Hemingway.
We’re proud to present the first English publication of John Steinbeck’s short story, “The Amiable Fleas.”
The new Steinbeck story revolves around a discerning cat named Apollo who serves as critic and confidant to the chef of a gourmet restaurant. Add in some family conflict and a restaurant critic and you have all the ingredients of a short comedic masterpiece.
From the humorous we shift to the sinister with “Final Interview” by the inimitable Joyce Carol Oates. It is a treat to publish such a prolific and influential writer, and Oates does not disappoint—offering a story about a burnt-out writer, a pathological youth, and a condescending journalist, all seemingly headed on a collision course. Also in this issue, Robin Yocum warns us not to underestimate an over-the-hill mobster with “The Last Hit,” and David Marcum, takes Holmes and Watson back to Dartmoor—of The Hound of the Baskervilles fame—to investigate a cold case in “The Dowser’s Discovery.”
For our spotlight interview we caught up with bestselling author and investigative journalist Hank Phillippi Ryan, who not only has earned critical and popular acclaim for her mystery novels, but has a reputation as one of the kindest and most gregarious mystery authors. Ryan shared experiences as an investigative journalist and offered a dose of pep for all those authors sitting on their manuscripts or trying to chase a trend.
The Strand’s holiday issue features a short story by John Steinbeck that has never been published before and is a Strand exclusive. “With Your Wings” was written during World War II and has several of the characteristics which have made Steinbeck’s works classics; an evocative setting, lyrical prose, and his progressive world-view. We also have fiction by bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith, Max Allan Collins and Lyndsay Faye as well as an exclusive interview with Chelsea Cain.
(The Strand Magazine: Unpublished Ernest Hemingway Short Story, also fiction by John Floyd, David Marcum and Elizabeth Creith and an exclusive interview with Jo Nesbø)
In our 55th issue, we’re proud to present an unpublished short story by Ernest Hemingway titled “A Room on the Garden Side.” The short story was set at the Ritz Hotel in Paris and is narrated by a man named Robert, who is also referred to as “Papa.” It paints a vivid sketch of soldiers tired from war, yet hopeful for the future. Hemingway scholar Kirk Curnutt provides an afterward, which looks at the historical and biographical context of this gem.
Among our other short stories in this issue, David Marcum challenges Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson with seemingly supernatural drawings in “The Problem of the Hindhead Minister.” John Floyd pairs a love-struck mechanic with a small-town femme fatale in “Foreverglow.” And in “To Talk to Freddie,” Elizabeth Creith sounds a warning to those who disregard closed signs on storefronts.
It’s our great pleasure to also share in this issue an exclusive interview with Jo Nesbø. The talented polymath offers his insights about playing soccer, writing, the banality of evil, Harry Hole, and the rich literary tradition of Norway.
We also have the scoop on the nominees for the tenth annual Strand Critics Awards. Lifetime Achievement Award winners Jonathan Gash and J.A. Jance both craft novels destined to become classics. More importantly, both are kind, generous, and great ambassadors for the world of crime writing.
We have book reviews of the latest mysteries, as well as a comprehensive summer audiobook list. You’re sure to find something to occupy you on those long road trips with the family. Our reviews this issue feature the latest novels by Walter Mosley, P.D. James, Joe R. Lansdale, Linwood Barclay, Jenny Milchman, and Linda La Plante.