There are some things you don’t dream about because you have your hands full taking your best shot at more reasonable dreams.

I have enjoyed and revered Otto Penzler’s The Best Mystery Stories of the Year series for some time. Many recent contributors are household names: Michael Connelly, Joyce Carol Oates, Harlan Coben, James Patterson, Stephen King. Others are masters of the short story revered by the mystery community for decades. A handful are emerging authors with just a few published titles.

It is with unbridled joy and great gratitude to all who helped make it possible that I announce my story, “Playing God,” originally printed in Deadly Nightshade: Best New England Crime Stories 2022, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Mystery Stories of the Year 2023, available now through all major outlets in hardcover, paperback, eBook, and audio book.