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Dirty Scottsdale


PHOENIX NOIR is a paperback anthology of short crime stories set in—as one might suppose—Phoenix (Arizona). I wrote one of the stories, titled “Dirty Scottsdale;” this one is a solo effort by me.

“Dirty Scottsdale” is also the debut in print of Tom Kolodzi, who’s the protagonist of the contemporary crime novel I’ve been working on for some time, tentatively titled RED ANT’S HEAD. (No release date for this new mystery novel yet.)

As you can tell from “High Noon,”the excerpt listed on the right, Tom’s got a voice of his own.

Ordering Signed copies of PHOENIX NOIR

Copies of PHOENIX NOIR signed by me are available from the Poisoned Pen bookstore. Go to:


and enter "Phoenix Noir" in the Search box. Or contact the Pen (see link below).

You may also order PHOENIX NOIR in the usual way from your local independent bookstore, or through the usual online sources. It is also available as an ebook.

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