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Old Wounds: A Nick Shelby Case and Other Crime Stories is a collection of 15 short crime stories from dark detective noir to domestic murder, crossing time periods as far back as the Victorian era and into the near future—some with a twist of horror, science fiction, or the supernatural. Each story revolves around intriguing characters with twists and turns and on occasion a sting in the tail.
Private investigator Nick Shelby is struggling to move on from the abrupt and unexplained departure of Louise, the woman he loved. When she turns up dead in Mexico, he sets off to investigate her death and, in the process, unravels a web of lies and betrayal woven together by a roster of shady characters in 1940s Los Angeles. A mysterious man thought to be dead, a deceiving doctor, and a notorious gangster are all connected, but the big question is who killed Louise and why?
Plus, three small town sheriff’s deputies are made a tempting offer by a sinister stranger they’ve arrested; a young prostitute tracks down the man who murdered her friend and exacts brutal revenge; in the near future where reproduction is regulated, a desperate mother will risk everything to have a child of her own; and in Victorian London, a married couple encounter one of the city’s most infamous criminals and find themselves on the wrong side of the law.