Songs in the Key of Death

Marking the launch of the new Dime Crime series of classic crime fiction comes Songs in the Key of Death, an anthology of music-infused crime stories by acclaimed author William Bankier. For over thirty years, starting in the 1960s, Bankiers love affair with music mixed with his hard-boiled crime stories to produce some of the most exhilarating and dramatic crime fiction of his generation. Many of Bankiers best works originally graced the pages of classic pulp magazines like Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Magazine, where Ellery Queen himself declared, No one in the genre writes about music better than William Bankier. In Bankiers stories, amongst the notes of jazz and classical music, murder comes silently in the dead of night, asking the reader to turn the page and enter a bar where the patrons demonstrate Bankiers finely tuned ear for the lyrical, almost musical way, people speak where fear is a killer. This anthology compiles five of Bankiers classic stories, including The Choirboy, which was nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best short story.