Townsend Walker grew up in western Maryland and graduated from Georgetown (B.S. Foreign Service), New York University (M.A. Economics), and Stanford (Ph.D. Economics).
During a career in banking, he lived in New York, Paris, London, Rome, and San Francisco and wrote three books on finance: A Guide for Using the Foreign Exchange Market, Managing Risk with Derivatives, and Managing Lease Portfolios.
His ideas come from cemeteries, foreign places, paintings, violence, and strong women. His stories have appeared in over seventy online and print journals and have been included in ten anthologies. "A Little Love, A Little Shove" and "Holding Tight" were nominated for a PEN/O. Henry Award. Four stories were performed at the New Short Fiction Series in Hollywood.
Townsend currently lives in San Francisco and in addition to working on his stories, also teaches a workshop in creative writing to incarcerated veterans at San Quentin State Prison.
Visit Townsend online at www.townsendwalker.com
3 Women, 4 towns, 5 Bodies
Foreign lands, dark cemeteries, and sickening violence. Murder, sex, and friendship corrupted by the parasite of envy. All tie together is a series of short stories about what happens when the paths of strangers cross in twisted, and often deadly, ways.
Place is important in uncovering the truth. So too is one's background. Only an Italian detective would find the clue hidden within a single tortellini. One sniper's training in the Israeli Defense Force will come in more than handy in her newest investigation. And, of course, the government minister needs an international playing field for his corruption.
The worlds they construct for themselves are unforgiving. Two women are neighbors and lovers…until one is betrayed. An artist moves in with a writer of historical fiction and all is well, but the past re-emerges to destroy their life and his newest novel. A pair of mysterious orphans entrench themselves in a businessman's life, only to extort him for his endless wealth. The hope of happily-ever-after may be just out of reach.
3 Women, 4 Towns, 5 Bodies is a short story collection spanning centuries, where nothing is as it seems and dark twists are as abundant as they are deadly.
Paperback | ISBN 978-1-947309-21-0 | 286 pages
FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
FICTION / Noir
March 22 | Explore Booksellers, Aspen | Launch of 3 Women, 4 Towns, 5 Bodies | 5:30 p.m.
April 5 | Books Inc, Chestnut St., San Francisco | Launch of 3 Women, 4 Towns, 5 Bodies | 7 p.m.
April 19 | Book Passage, Ferry Building, San Francisco | In conversation with Steve Kohlhagen re: 3 Women, 4 Towns, 5 Bodies & The Point of a Gun | 6 p.m.
May 16 | Booksmith, Haight St., San Francisco | In conversation with Martha Conway re: 3 Women, 4 Towns, 5 Bodies & The Underground River | 7 p.m.
May 30 | Wine Tasting and Reading from 3 Women, 4 Towns, 5 Bodies | Biondivino, San Francisco | 6:30 p.m.
June 14 | Why There Are Words, Sausalito | Reading from 3 Women, 4 Towns, 5 Bodies | 7 p.m.