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Fault Lines




Fog shrouds the landscape. Redwood treetops disappear into the sky. Ocean waves crash against rocky cliffs. And sometimes a fault line cracks open, shaking our world.

Fault Lines explores faults that exist not just in the earth but in people—the flaws and failings that lead us to commit grievous acts against someone else, and the guilt and culpability we bear. It also examines the lines that we draw to connect clues, expose secrets, establish bonds, and lead us to justice.

Sisters in Crime/Northern California’s first short story anthology takes you on an exciting journey around our region and beyond.


Print:  978-1-7336942-0-9   *   Ebook: 978-1-7336942-1-6

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With stories by:  

Ana Brazil: Kate Chopin Tussles with a Novel Ending

Jenny Carless: The Water’s Edge

Diana Chambers: Trip to Paradise

David Hagerty: SPEDing Toward Self-Destruction

Vinnie Hansen: The Last Word

Katherine Bolger Hyde: Trouble at Tor House

Judith Janeway: Get a Life

Mariah Klein: Whose Fault?

Mariella Krause: 17 Ways to Kill your Co-Worker

Susan Kuchinskas: No Fault Murder

Deborah Lacy: Please See Me

Bette Golden Lamb: The Old Studio

J.J. Lamb: Two Buck Hitch

Margaret Lucke: Two Hundred Miles

Susan C. Shea: The Champagne Girl

Robin C. Stuart: SegFault

Nancy Tingley: IF, IF, IF

CJ Verburg: Birdbrain

C.M. West: True Culprit

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For Book Clubs

FAULT LINES examines issues that touch our lives. Is a crime ever justified? What might drive an ordinary person to commit an act of violence against another? This book, with stories told by detectives, victims, and criminals, will instigate a lively discussion about guilt, innocence, justice, and whether you can ever truly get away with murder.

Some questions for discussion:

1.  Which of these stories do you feel best exemplifies the idea of justice being served?

2.  Did you find humor in any of the stories? Which ones? Do you feel that humor is appropriate in stories that deal with serious topics like crime and violence?

3.  Several of these stories are told from the point of view of the perpetrators. Why do you think their authors made this choice? What would the stories gain or lose from being told from the POV of a victim or a detective?

4.  In some of these stories, a person commits a crime in order to right a wrong that the justice system can’t or won’t deal with. In which of the stories, if any, was that character justified in taking that approach?

5.  The authors are all from Northern California, and many of the stories are set there. Which ones do the best job of bringing you into their regional setting and how did they achieve that effect?

6.  In which stories was the narrative voice especially strong or evocative, and what made it so?

7.  Which stories lingered in your mind after you read them, and why do you think those stories stayed with you more than others?

8.  If the protagonist of each story invited you out to lunch, whose invitation would you like to accept, and why? Is there any of them whose company you would avoid at all costs?

9.  If you could alter a story’s outcome for any of its characters, what would you change?

10.  After reading the stories, were there any that left you wanting to know what would happen next for these characters? Which ones would you like to read more about, and why?