South Portland Writer Joseph Souza Featured in Crime Story Anthology

South Portland Writer Joseph Souza Featured in Crime Story Anthology Released 11/12/09

When fiction writer, journalist, and former DEA intelligence analyst Joe Souza saw the title of Level Best’s upcoming collection, he knew he had to write the story. He’d grown up near the Quincy Quarries and long heard the local tales of the secrets they kept. His dark story, “The Devil’s Dumping Ground,” the story of two men with a history, playing a tense game of golf on land that holds long buried secrets, is featured in the newly published collection, QUARRY: Crime Stories by New England Writers.

From the acclaimed publisher of many award-winning stories comes this stunning new collection of twenty-one crime stories by New England writers exploring the region’s character, culture and geography as captured by some of its finest writers. Souza, the 2004 winner of USM’s Andre Dubus Award for short fiction, joins Boston’s Hank Phillippi Ryan, Vermont’s Nancy Means Wright, Rhode Island’s Vincent O’Neil, and Maine writers Kate Flora, Woody Hanstein, Judith Green, and John Clark in stories that explore New England’s interior and exterior landscapes.

The yearly crime story collections from Level Best Books have been recognized by the mystery community with a host of nominations and awards, including the Robert L. Fish Award for best crime story by a first time writer, Derringer awards, and Edgar, Macavity, Agatha and Derringer nominations. This collection continues the Level Best tradition of introducing the region’s readers to some of its finest crime writers, both the well-known and the newly discovered.Reviews have noted that “The stories vibrate with realism. They describe crime and criminal behavior but view the ordinary with a fresh and sharply tuned vision… Each rings true to its subject down to the last word of the last story.”

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