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Joe McKinney is a homicide detective for the San Antonio Police Department.  Joe McKinney has a Master's Degree in English Literature from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Before joining the Homicide Division as a detective, Joe McKinney worked on the San Antonio Police Department's Critical Incident Management Team, where he received training in dealing with a variety of natural and manmade disasters, such as floods, fires, and train wrecks, and that training figures prominently in his fiction. Joe McKinney is the author of Dead City and a coauthor of The Sound of Horror.


According to the book description of Dead City, “Battered by five cataclysmic hurricanes in three weeks, the Texas Gulf Coast and half of the Lone Star State is reeling from the worst devastation in history. Thousands are dead and dying--but the worst is only beginning. Amid the wreckage, something unimaginable is happening: a deadly virus has broken out, returning the dead to life – with an insatiable hunger for human flesh.”

According to the book description of The Sound of Horror, “What does horror sound like? Well, probably a lot like this. Joe McKinney (author of Dead City) brings us "Mr. Creator." John Edward Lawson (The Last Burn in Hell) brings us "Tyranny of the Beat." Joseph McGee (In The Wake of the Night) brings us "Room 409." Eric Enck (author of Devotion) brings us "Rock and Roll is Dead." Louise Bohmer (Black Act) brings us "Queen of Samhain." Matt Staggs brings us "That Damned Box." John Dimes (Intracations) brings us "They Are Bound...Not Frozen." Benjamin Bussey brings us "Grave Robber.”

Joe McKinney said of the short story, The Gunner's Love Song, it “is a tale of a stuttering young simpleton whose love for a doomed woman cannot be contained by her unmarked pauper's grave in a little East Texas peach orchard. Told from the perspective of the young man's older, world-weary cousin, “The Gunner's Love Song” is as much a tale of lost innocence as it is a creepy tale of things that just won't stay buried.”

Joe McKinney said of the short story The Sixth Mission, it “is a tale of a five friends who found something terrible under a deserted hotel back in 1965. Four decades later, the friends reunite for a funeral, only to discover that the evil they thought they had buried has returned.”

The Sound of Horror
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The Sixth Mission
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The Gunner's Love Song
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Dead City
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About the San Antonio Police Department

In 1846, the San Antonio town council created the post of City Marshal.  Around the beginning of the 20th Century, the terms “Town Marshal” and “Chief of Police” were used interchangeably in the City of San Antonio.  Beginning in 1910, the chief executive of the San Antonio Police Department was known only as the Chief of Police.


Today, the San Antonio Police Department is a full service law enforcement agency that has an authorized strength of just over 2,000 sworn police officers. The San Antonio Police Department is primarily organized into two large bureaus: Operations and Support.


The Operations Bureau of the San Antonio Police Department contains the Patrol Division.  The Patrol Division is divided into the North and South Patrol.


The Support Bureau has entities such as the Investigations Division and Tactical Support Division. With in the Investigations Division, the Major Crimes Section “is divided into 6 Units : The Homicide Unit includes Homicide, Assault and Traffic investigations; the Sex Crimes Unit includes both a Sex Crimes and a Family Violence Detail; the Night Detectives Unit is responsible for investigations between 7 pm and 5 am; the Youth Crimes Unit includes the Missing Persons Detail and Youth Crimes Detail; the Financial Crimes Unit includes Forgery and Fraud investigations; and the Evidence Unit is responsible for collecting all crime scene evidence.”


The Tactical Support Division of the San Antonio Police Department contains a Tactical Response Unit, Special Operations, Traffic Section and Crime Detection Section.  The Crime Detection Section “has administrative responsibilities for units that investigate Property, Vehicle Theft, Vice and Narcotics offenses, identify, target, and arrest Repeat Offenders, and provide Electronic Surveillance support.”




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