Fifty Minutes


Originally published in Slake: Los Angeles, #2 Crossing Over, 2011, Selected for Best American Mystery Stories, 2012, Robert Crais, Editor. By Joe Donnelly and Harry Shannon The client is a balding, sunburned man with soft, forgettable features. Running late, he enters the office at 7:02 p.m. and nearly knocks a small Buddha statue from its […]



Originally published in Vegas7 ~ You are a young man attending journalism school at Berkeley, and you develop a serious crush on L___, who is skinny and has white teeth, honey hair and a winsome smile that seems born of the California you’ve been dreaming about after several long winters in the Rocky Mountains. Only […]

Dear S

Please accept my apologies for the ol’ shuck and jive number I did when you called from New York. Yes, I was turning the conversation back to you, like I always do. I’m sorry; I seem to lack the energy to spin my broken record on the phone. Not to mention, you’re so far away. […]


Originally published in the LA Weekly ~ You really don’t remember, Was it something that he said? Are the voices in your head calling, Gloria? Gloria, don’t you think you’re fallin’? The first time Rudy went up to the jukebox and found “Gloria,” the one by Laura Branigan, it was simply annoying. We would have preferred Van […]


Originally published in the LA Weekly ~ Thirty-three. It’s a tough one. A lot of all-time greats went down at 33. Jesus was 33 when they hung him up on that cross. So was Keith Relf of the Yardbirds when a high-voltage shock unplugged him forever. Rushton Moreve from Steppenwolf was born to be wild but not to see […]