“Chris Rhatigan is a mature, experienced, and insightful editor. While never losing sight that it is YOUR story, his encouragement and easy nature made our working relationship an enjoyable and pain-free experience.” — David Siddall, author of A Man Alone
Below are a few of the projects I’m proud to have worked on.
Cleaning Up Finn
Cleaning Up Finn by Sarah M. Chen
Sarah M. Chen’s IPPY Award-winning and Anthony Award-nominated debut.
Life is a constant party for restaurant manager, Finn Roose. When he seduces an underage woman on one of his booze cruises and loses her—literally, it sets off a massive search involving the police, her parents, and a private investigator. Finn is an expert manipulator but his endless lies only tighten the screws on himself and his unsuspecting best friend. Finn scrambles to make things right which may be too much to ask from a guy who can’t resist a hot babe and a stiff drink.
American Static by Tom Pitts
After being beaten and left for dead, Steven finds himself stranded alongside the 101 in a small Northern California town. When a mysterious stranger named Quinn offers a hand in exchange for help reuniting with his daughter in San Francisco, Steven gets in the car and begins a journey from which there is no return.
Selena by Greg Barth
The first of a five-book series. Selena is living the dream on her terms – carefree and sloppy and all in the pursuit of pleasure. When a careless act of petty theft puts her in the crosshairs of a violent crime syndicate, her choices are clear – either curl up and die, or tear down the whole damned organization one bloody shotgun blast at a time.
The Deepening Shade
The Deepening Shade by Jake Hinkson
With his debut novel, Hell on Church Street, Jake Hinkson became known for combining religious fundamentalism with dark crime fiction. In his first story collection, The Deepening Shade, desperate characters grasp for moments of grace: A lesbian couple running a homeless shelter try to save a young woman controlled by a self-proclaimed prophet. A stripper commits a terrible crime to protect her sister from going to jail. A Pentecostal snake-handler avenges his daughter’s murder only to find himself tormented by his own unbelief. An alcoholic cop, drunk on duty, attempts to stop Dick Cheney from robbing a gas station. In these stories and more, which range from the heartbreakingly tragic to the bizarrely funny, characters struggle violently with each other, and with themselves.
All Due Respect: The Anthology
All Due Respect: The Anthology edited by Chris Rhatigan
“ALL DUE RESPECT is the sort of anthology you dole out to yourself piecemeal. You read ‘Even Sven’ and then shake your head, looking off into the distance, trying to make sure you start breathing again. You read Matt Funk and Patti Abbott the way you eat a good meal in that restaurant you go to for your anniversary. You savor the characters, the plot undertones. When a Joe Clifford character says that something ‘tastes like a cat’s ass,’ you nod that, yeah, that character probably has that experience. Full of great stories from David Cranmer, R Thomas Brown, Fiona Johnson, Ryan Sayles and more, ALL DUE RESPECT is a book you’ll read a story at a time, maybe one a night, like that after-dinner drink you can’t put down.” — Steve Weddle, author of Country Hardball
The Logan Triad
The Logan Triad by Nathan Walpow
Sometimes those who do terrible things to good people slip through the cracks. That’s where Logan comes in. He tracks down the guilty and holds them accountable. He specializes in those who mistreat women and children. He works with a team of three young crime-fighters who’ve benefited from his efforts. And none of the four is above letting a little thing like the law get in his or her way.
A Man Alone
A Man Alone by David Siddall
John Doyle just wanted a peaceful life in Liverpool with his wife, Josie, and her teenage daughter, April. But when local crime boss Barry Wood and his thugs threaten April, Doyle is forced to revive the identity he thought he’d buried. Wood is a man used to taking what he wants, and soon Doyle finds himself immersed in an all too familiar war, risking everything he’s worked for. But unlike the past, this time Doyle is a man alone.