"Volcano" published in anthology honoring Jimmy Buffett


My story, "Volcano" is inspired by the Jimmy Buffett song of the same name. The story is also an homage to David Morrell's Rambo character and Sylvester Stallone's embodiment of that character. You can read about how I wrote the story on the blog series "The First Two Pages" here. 

This anthology includes many excellent, award-winning stories!

Jimmy Buffett is one of the great contemporary singer/songwriters, and it’s hard to imagine a citizen of Planet Earth unfamiliar with such classic hits as “Margaritaville.” Jimmy has also written novels, children’s books, memoirs, and a stage musical based on Herman Wouk’s Don’t Stop the Carnival, and his family-friendly concerts almost always sell out to audiences comprised of a mix of dedicated Parrotheads, casual fans, and newbies.

In The Great Filling Station Holdup, editor Josh Pachter presents sixteen short crime stories by sixteen popular and up-and-coming crime writers, each story based on a song from one of the twenty-nine studio albums Jimmy has released over the last half century, from Leigh Lundin’s take on “Truckstop Salvation” (which appeared on Jimmy’s first LP, 1970’s Down to Earth) to M.E. Browning’s interpretation of “Einstein Was a Surfer” (from 2013’s Songs from St. Somewhere).

If you love Jimmy’s music or crime fiction or both, you’ll love The Great Filling Station Holdup. Mix yourself a boat drink, ask Alexa to put on a buffet of Buffett tunes, kick back, and enjoy!

Table of Contents

Introduction by Josh Pachter


Down to Earth (1970)

“Truckstop Salvation” by Leigh Lundin


A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean (1973)

“The Great Filling Station Holdup” by Josh Pachter


A1A (1974)

“A Pirate Looks at Forty” by Rick Ollerman


Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes (1977)

“Tampico Trauma” by Michael Bracken


Son of a Son of a Sailor (1978)

“Cheeseburger in Paradise” by Don Bruns


Volcano (1979)

“Volcano” by Alison McMahan


Coconut Telegraph (1981)

“Incommunicado” by Bruce Robert Coffin


Somewhere Over China (1981)

“If I Could Just Get It On Paper” by Lissa Marie Redmond


One Particular Harbour (1983)

“We Are the People Our Parents Warned Us About” by Elaine Viets


Riddles in the Sand (1984)

“Who’s the Blonde Stranger?” by Robert J. Randisi


Last Mango in Paris (1985)

“Everybody’s on the Run” by Laura Oles


Hot Water (1988)

“Smart Woman (in a Real Short Skirt)” by Isabella Maldonado


Off to See the Lizard (1989)

“The Pascagoula Run” by Jeffery Hess


Don’t Stop the Carnival (1998)

“Public Relations” by Neil Plakcy


Beach House on the Moon (1999)

“Spending Money” by John M. Floyd


Songs From St. Somewhere (2013)

“Einstein Was a Surfer” by M.E. Browning

Book Publisher
Down & Out Books
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