Here's a book that's just been re-released that's more than worthy of your attention. Down and Out books have had the foresight and understanding of quality to put this one out and it's one that needs noting.
This is an old review that I posted at Goodreads a good while ago. The references may be dated, but the book most certainly isn't:
It's not easy to define Patti Abbott's talent, for indeed that's what she is. I notice that Ken Bruen was hailing her in the intro to Grimm Tales where he suggests that she'll be up for an Edgar this time around for her entry.
If that's the case, I fear that story has competition - from every one of the entries in Monkey Justice.
They are crime stories in the main, but they go beyond the run-of-the-mill telling of events and flow over into detail in every way a reader might require. Setting, character and plot merge into perfection.
I read a lot of short stories. It's something I love. Monkey Justice (US) ranks up with the best collections out there and you should check it out. That way, you'll be able to say you were aware of her talent ahead of the masses.
Should she choose to aim for the stars, this lady will go much further than the barn roof.
Don't say I didn't tell you, but give her and her publisher some support by picking up a copy. They deserve that at the very least.