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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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Stories by Steve Levi


The Matter of the Illegal Legal Simoleons / Genre: Impossible Crime

Steve Levi

Captain Noonan, the "Bearded Holmes" of the Sandersonville Police Department, was working on an understandable definition of ‘conundrum.’ It was an odd word which actually described nothing. The official definition was "a confusing and difficult problem or question." This, of course, was a bogus definition because "problems" and "questions" are "confusing" and/or "difficult;" otherwise they would not be "problems" or "questions." There were other words that were far more expressive for the same definition. A "puzzle," for instance, described the same condition but came with the added promise of a solution. A "juxtaposition" was the polar opposite of a "puzzle" because there was no solution, simply a stability between two opposites, like the Yin-Yang symbol indicating the world had both good and evil, and you just had to live with it because it had been that way since the cave. Read the full story HERE>>


The Matter of the Christian Muslim Yaupon Plaza Plot / Genre: Impossible Crime

Steve Levi

Heinz Noonan, the “Bearded Holmes” of the Sandersonville Police Department, was having a difficult day. More precisely, he was in agony. Writhing, as a matter of fact, as opposed to wrestling with an immutable difficulty. It was not a physical ailment or, for that matter, a psychological one. It was a one of personnel. In this case, himself. Read the full story HERE>>


The Matter of the Deceased Viable Widow / Genre: Impossible Crime

Steve Levi

Heinz Noonan, the “Bearded Holmes” of the Sandersonville Police Department, was savoring a dark humor story. As it related to religion, it was one of those anecdotes one could not share in public. Or private. Religion is very personal to many people and treading on their ecumenical toes was bad news all the way around.

But then again, there was only brand of humor. If you laughed – or at least chuckled – it was funny. Every other thing called a joke was just words. Read the full story HERE>>


The Alligator in the Apple Orchard / Genre: Impossible Crime

Steve Levi

I remember it like it was yesterday. I remember it so well because I was there and I wasn’t a looky-lou. I was a full-blown participator, one of the cabal, as they say, a co-perpetrator, a co-conspirator. It happened back in late May of 1966; a long time before a lot of Americans were born. I was a teenager—17. There were four of us that were wild, wild, wild. It was Beach Boy, Surf City and Jan-and-Dean time and we had everything we wanted except women. Girls then. Read the full story HERE>>


The Matter of the Missing Phantom Four / Genre: Impossible Crime

Steve Levi

Heinz Noonan, the “Bearded Holmes” of the Sandersonville Police Department, was in the last place on earth he ever thought he would be. But, in reality, he was not in the last place on earth he would ever have believed he would be, but, rather, over it. He was in the back seat of a Phantom-Four, a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, the workhorse of the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. Read the full story HERE>>


The Matter of the Looted License Plates / Genre: Impossible Crime

Steve Levi

It had been a pleasant week for Heinz Noonan, the “Bearded Holmes” of the Sandersonville Police Department. Occasionally – and only occasionally – the Sandersonville Commissioner of Homeland Security, Edward Paul Lizzard III, sent him on an assignment of merit. In Noonan’s case, ‘assignment of merit’ meant an assignment which actually involved a crime. Heists were best and the more twisted the better. But, alas, most of the assignments were those of a political nature. ‘Political’ in this sense meaning Noonan chased down absurd, conspiratorial fantasies which turned out to be absurd, conspiratorial fantasies which the Commissioner metamorphosed into front line headlines in the local paper which he used to prove to Washington D. C. there was real concern about homeland security on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This translated into requests for more money for his office. Read the full story HERE>>


More Stories by Steve Levi

by: Title / Genre


The Matter of the Vagrant Tombstones / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Collared Canine Cadaver / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Rubber Duckie Debacle / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of Ten Thousand Hard Rubber Combs / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Meandering Credenza / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Meandering Credenza / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Missing Floor / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Larcenous Phantasm / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Six Death Chickens  / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Oosik Ulu  / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Calcified Haberdasher  / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Missing Boxcar: Heinz Noonan’s First Case  / Genre: Impossible Crime

The Matter of the Barbershop Floor / Genre: Impossible Crime

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

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

The Matter of the Filched Bumboozers  / Genre: Impossible Crime

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

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


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