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Beyond the Western
Steve Levi

Steven Levi

Steven C. Levi is a sixty-something freelance historian and commercial writer who lives in Anchorage, Alaska, his home for past 40 years. He has a BA in European History and MA in American history from the University of California Davis and San Jose State. He has more than 80 books in print or on Kindle.

Levi specializes in history and creative thinking. His historical specialty is the Alaska Gold rush. He has the only composite book on the Alaska Gold Rush, BOOM AND BUST IN THE ALASKA GOLD FIELDS, and his play "Fanny Quigley's Place" has been a dinner theater presentation in Denali Park since 1995. His other Alaskan books include a history of Alaska's bush pilot frontier, COWBOYS OF THE SKY, THE HUMAN FACE OF THE ALASKA GOLD RUSH and a forensic analysis of Alaska's ghost ship, the Clara Nevada. The Clara Nevada sank in 1898 and came back up in 1908 - minus 100,000 ounces of gold.

In the field of creative thinking, he has developed a method of teaching people to be clever, to "think outside of the box." His educational software won a $40,000 Creative Thinking in Motion prize from the University of Oklahoma in 2005. His approach is to stop "A or B Thinking" and find an alternative. As an example, developing a way for city to balance a budget without raising taxes or cutting services.

Steve Levi
Master Of The Impossible Crime
Author masterminds
www.stevelevibooks.com/blog

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[Follow the exploits of Detective Heinz Noonan at www.authormasterminds.com/steve-levi. See if you can solve the impossible crimes faster than the detective – matters such as a greyhound bus disappearing off the Golden Gate Bridge, how a plane can fly and land with no pilot, crew or passengers and why would anyone want to steal an empty armored car?]


Stories by Steve Levi


The Matter of the Barbershop Floor / Genre: Impossible Crime

Steve Levi

Captain Heinz Noonan, the "Bearded Holmes" of the Sandersonville Police Department, was twiddling with a thick Manila hemp rope under a branch of the massive oak tree in his backyard when his wife yelled he had a call. Since he didn't want to yell back – (‘Not in this neighborhood!’ his wife would say) – he held up the end of the rope and waved it at her. Apparently she understood his signal because she didn't yell again. Read the full story HERE>>  


The Matter of the Drowned Man in a Hot Air Balloon / Genre: Impossible Crime

Steve Levi

Captain Noonan, the "Bearded Holmes" of the Sandersonville Police Department, was pondering a particularly difficult move on the cloth chessboard that hung on the wall of his office. His King was hiding behind the Knight's Pawn and he was trying to lure Captain Sandoval of the Miami Police Department, by phone, into a double attack. They made contact every few days and Noonan was waiting to spring a trap. Read the full story HERE>>


The Matter of the Ownerless, Unclaimed, Undriveable Conveyances / Genre: Impossible Crime

Steve Levi

Captain Noonan, the "Bearded Holmes" of the Sandersonville Police Department, was in a melancholy funk as he looked out the window of his office at his rusted, rattletrap, 1967 Chevelle. They had been partners for years. How long and many miles Noonan did not know because the odometer had been restarted twice and was now frozen at 75,864 miles. It – the vehicle not the odometer – had, again, long since given up the ghost, (if automobiles have ghosts), and had just enough breath – assuming, again, vehicles have breath – to make it to the junk yard. Noonan was loathe to let his longtime purveyor of horsepower go as they had been close associates since his college days where it, again the vehicle, had a mere 77,845 miles on the odometer. Read the full story HERE>>


The Matter of the Filched Bumboozers  / Genre: Impossible Crime

Steve Levi

Captain Noonan, the "Bearded Holmes" of the Sandersonville Police Department, was at a loss for words. He was; Harriet was not. Harriet, the office administrative assistant and agonizingly-always-correct matron of the office was playing a word game with the captain. And he had failed with every word. Read the full story HERE>>


The Matter of the Kraken Camera Cadre / Genre: Impossible Crime

Steve Levi

Captain Noonan, the "Bearded Holmes" of the Sandersonville Police Department, was enjoying a day on the beach at Buxton. He was purposefully in Buxton because it was close enough to Sandersonville to be responsive to an emergency but far enough ‘afield’ not to be bothered by the usual bureaucratic paperwork offal which was required to be filled out before the end of each fiscal year. Read the full story HERE>> 


More Stories by Steve Levi

by: Title / Genre


The Matter of the Swiped Spectacles / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Walnut Cataract / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the In-Seine Harbor Caper / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Dastardly Dumpster Divers / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Pakistani Pillow Conspiracy / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Pared Pelage / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Pilfering Cephalopod / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Perambulating Pontiac / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Unsaleable Cattle / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Phoneless Cord / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Mislaid Anchovies / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Snitched Radials / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Bandersnatch Burglar / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Bilateral Kidnapping/ Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Chinese Coffins / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Corpse in the Taxi / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Cozened Gnomes / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Defluxing Insectarium / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Drained Lorry / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Elusive Phantom-Four / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Evanescing Elixir / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Frivolous Heists / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Massacre at the Sandersonville City Park / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Poached Bananas / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Red Herring Elephant / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Missing Pterippus / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Nags Head Taxidermist / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Obnoxious Corpse / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Phantasmagoric Highbinder / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Reappearing Coelacanth / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Reverse Dinner Bell / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Splintering Grams / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of Timber Trickery / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of What the Cat Dragged In / Genre: Impossible Crime