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The Night of the Flood

Wendy’s story: “Anything Worth Saving”

It happened the night Maggie Wilbourne was to be put to death, the first woman executed by the state of Pennsylvania in modern times. That was when a group of women passionately protesting Maggie’s imprisonment struck. They blew up a local dam, flooding the town of Everton and indirectly inspiring a hellish night of crime and chaos.

Fourteen of today’s most exciting contemporary crime writers will take you to the fictional town of Everton, with stories from criminals, cops, and civilians that explore the thin line between the rich and the poor, the insider and the outsider, the innocent and the guilty. Whether it’s a store owner grimly protecting his property from looters, an opportunistic servant who sees her time to strike, or two misguided youths taking their anger out against any available victim, The Night of the Flood is an intricate and intimate examination of the moment when chaos is released—in both society and the human spirit.

“A brave concept brilliantly executed.”
—Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher Series

Each of the 14 varied and fitfully amusing stories in this solid anthology…”
Publishers Weekly

“Plenty of complex characters and hard edges. Take a breath, then hang on and enjoy this entertaining romp.”
—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author
“Bravo to all the authors who contributed… A stormy page-turner that will leave you wanting more.”
—Sandra Brannan, author of the award-winning Liv Bergen Mystery Series

“A brilliant, multi-leveled concept, Faulknerian in its structure. A novel in stories. Wow. Terrifically exciting. Wonderfully inventive.”
—David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Murder As a Fine Art


Wendy’s story: “Soap”

Powerful Stories of Kick-Ass Crime Survivors
by 22 bestselling, award-winning, and critically acclaimed authors!

What happens when the person you trust the most betrays you? That’s the question posed in Betrayed, a powerful collection of stories about love, violence, and survival. The characters in these pages may suffer and bleed, but they fight back. They are survivors—not victims.

In Terri Lynn Coop’s “Legal Aid,” an overworked lawyer takes on a complex divorce case that just may get her fired … or killed.

An invalid who believes his neighbor is tormenting his young wife takes matters into his own hands in Wendy Tyson’s “Soap.”

When a private investigator is hired to find someone who appears to have disappeared from the face of the earth, he questions whether some people should be found in “How Not to Find Someone in Houston” by Liam Sweeney.

And in Elizabeth Heiter’s “The Second Shot” a teenage girl is convicted of murdering her abusive father … but is she really guilty?

As a bonus, New York Times bestseller Allison Brennan contributed the novella, Mirror, Mirror, about what happens when a police detective suspects her sister is hiding a dark secret … a secret that just may get them both killed.

These stories and more fill the pages of the first anthology published by Authors on the Air. Victims become victors and—hopefully—justice is served.

Every author has donated their time and stories. Profits from this anthology are being donated to programs and organizations that help victims of domestic violence reclaim their lives.

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