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Publication Order of Cantor Gold Crime Books

Publication Order of Donner & Longstreet Mystery Books

A Crime of Secrets (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Guns + Tacos Books

Tacos de Cazuela con Smith & Wesson (By: Gary Phillips) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Three Brisket Tacos and a Sig Sauer (By: Michael Bracken) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Gyro and a Glock (By: Frank Zafiro) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Three Chalupas, Rice, Soda…and a Kimber .45 (By: Trey R. Barker) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Some Churros and El Burro (By: William Dylan Powell) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Beretta, Burritos and Bears (By: James A. Hearn) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Burritos & Bullets (By: Eric Beetner) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jalapeño Poppers and a Flare Gun (By: Trey R. Barker,Michael Bracken) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Four Shrimp Tacos and a Walther P38 (By: Alec Cizak) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Taco, A T-Bird, A Beretta and One Furious Night (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sopa and a Streetsweeper (By: Ryan Sayles) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dos Tacos Guatemaltecos y Una Pistola Casera (By: Mark Troy) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Two More Tacos, a Beretta .32, and a Pink Butterfly (By: Dave Zeltserman) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Two Tamales, One Tokarev, and a Lifetime of Broken Promises (By: Stacy Woodson) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chimichangas and a Couple of Glocks (By: David H. Hendrickson) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Refried Beans and a Snub-Nosed .44 (By: Hugh Lessig) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Two Steak Taco Combos and a Pair of Sig Sauers (By: Neil S. Plakcy) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Smith & Wesson with a Side of Chorizo (By: Andrew Welsh-Huggins) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Two Tofu Tacos, a Taurus TX22, a Taycan, and a Ton of Trouble (By: Alan Orloff) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Two Black Bean and Shrimp Quesadillas, and a Pink Ruger LCP (By: Joseph S. Walker) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Handful of Chicles and a Custom Nine (By: C.W. Blackwell) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Two Shrimp Tacos and a .22 Ruger (By: Adam Meyer) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nachos, a Stun Gun, and a Wedding Ring (By: Karen E. Olson) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Food, No Drink, Just the Gun (By: Trey R. Barker) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Guns + Tacos Vol. 4(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mickey Finn Vol. 3: 21st Century Noir(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Ann Aptaker is a published American author of fictional novels.

The author is a native to the state of New York. In addition to being a writer, Ann has gotten a well earned reputation as a respected exhibition designer as well as an art curator during the course of her career working in galleries and museums. She took the unique approach of curating exhibitions with the working theory that anything art authorities experience as uncomfortable the main art viewing public would probably enjoy. As a result, her exhibition work has gained a lot of positive attention and publications have given her positive reviews, including American Art Review, Art in America, and the New York Times.

Ann has taken her experience working in the field and applied it to her writing career, bringing a similar philosophy and attitude to her writing. Writing was her first love, and she has a special place in her heart for the genre of historical crime fiction. She has also written short stories that have been featured in Fedora, a noir crime anthology, in its 2003 and 2004 editions.

She also wrote a flash fiction short story that was titled “A Night In Town”. It was featured in Punk Soul Poet, an online magazine. She continues to design and curate art exhibitions as well as write stories that are mainly about crime. She also writes about art and serves as adjunct professor on the subject of art history at the prestigious New York Institute of Technology.

Ann Aptaker is the creator and the author of the Cantor Gold series of fictional novels. This series began in 2014 with the publication of the debut novel, Criminal Gold. It was followed by the second installment in 2015 titled Tarnished Gold. This would be then followed by the third novel Genuine Gold in 2017. The fourth novel is titled Flesh and Gold. There are still more stories in this series to come, so if you love crime fiction, check this series out!

Criminal Gold is the first novel in the Cantor Gold series by Ann Aptaker. The debut story kicks off the series and introduces readers to the main character Cantor Gold for the first time.

The setting is New York in 1949. By the New York Harbor around midnight Cantor waits. She’s a lesbian and known as a dapper person about town and occasionally as a fine art smuggler depending on who’s in the know. She’s biding time in a boat waiting for Gregory Ortine, a racketeer, to meet her under the Brooklyn Bridge.

The plan is that in the shadows he’ll throw her a cash satchel. In return, she will throw him a pouch that has a jewel worth quite a pretty penny in it. But you know what they say about making plans. Everything starts to go left when a random woman in a red dress comes down from the bridge, colliding into Cantor’s boat.

Who is this mystery woman? She’s Opal Shaw. She’s known throughout society and is engaged to Sig Loreale, a kingpin that is known to be a murder for hire type of guy. The deal is totally ruined. Cantor is now in the position where she has a lot going on. She’s about to make her way through one of the most dangerous nights she’s ever known.

Along the way, she is going to have to stay two steps ahead of Ortine, who is angry that their deal never went through. She’s going to have to pay homage to Loreale’s vengeance while trying to undo a murder plot that is starting to surround the best friend of Opal, who knows all of her secrets. Celeste Copley is a beautiful woman and her looks are not wasted on Cantor.

Even though Cantor’s desire is ignited, it’s clear that she can’t fully trust this woman. When loyalty and life and love and more collide, who will come out on top? Can Cantor make her way through this sticky situation without being burned? Read this book to find out!

Tarnished Gold is the second novel in the Cantor Gold series of fictional novels written by Ann Aptaker. The time is 1950, the place is New York City. Main character Cantor Gold is back at it again.

Cantor is still doing the whole art smuggling thing, and this time she’s on a new mission. She is on the lookout for a masterpiece of art that’s gone missing. She should know, as she was the one risking life and limb to get it through New York’s ports in the first place.

Now she’s got a lot on her plate and not a lot of time left to her to pull it off. Cantor is now tasked with having to stay ahead of the law that wishes for nothing more than to see her in jail. She also has to manage to stay out of the way of the same dock gangsters that want her to be the stool pigeon and go down for a murder.

She’s also got to come up in a game of wits with an art dealer and his lover and beat them. This goes double for a curator that looks like an angel that is well aware of the effect that she has on others and uses her charm to play with Cantor’s desire. She also has to do her best to avoid another killer. Keeping out of this killer’s way is imperative as they are thinking nothing of killing off their rivals when it comes to getting their hands on the masterpiece.

Cantor has rarely cared about anything so deeply as she does Sophie de la Luna y Sol. She must find out what happened to her love and cannot let this remain a mystery. Will she be able to track down this missing masterpiece, or have things already advanced too far beyond the point of no return? Pick up a copy of this action packed novel and read to the end to find out for yourself!

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