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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 Rubber Duckie Debacle / Genre: Impossible Crime

Steve Levi

The nearest Captain Heinz Noonan, the “Bearded Holmes” of the Sandersonville Police Department had ever come to a rubber duckie was a $25 check. One rubber duckie was worth about $.99 but as a participant in the Sandersonville “Feed the Homeless” Fundraiser they were $5 apiece. Six for $25 and for each of the six rubber duckies he was given a number. If any one of his numbers won, he would get $500 which, he knew, the Sandersonville Police Department would donate back to the “Feed the Homeless” Fund so, in essence, he was donating $25 for six lottery numbers which would never make him a dime even if he won the $500 lottery – which he would not.

But it was for a charity, so what the heck, eh? Read the full story HERE>>


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

Steve Levi

Heinz Noonan, the “Bearded Holmes” of the Sandersonville Police Department, always wondered if the real Sherlock Holmes – as in the detective created by Arthur Conan Doyle – had a beard. A. Conan Doyle had a luxurious mustache which, in the mid-1800s, was called a “cat smeller.” It was half a beard, so to speak, and the legendary Sherlock Holmes was, as per the 1904 portrait by Sidney Paget, beardless with a receding hair line. Padget’s Watson had a mustache. Basil Rathbone, who portrayed Sherlock Holmes in 14 films, two by Twentieth Century Fox and a dozen by Universal Pictures, was beardless and wore a deerstalker hat. Noonan noted there was no reference to a deerstalker hat in any of the Holmes stories by Doyle. Doyle died in 1930 and the first Sherlock Holmes feature came out nine years later so there is no accounting for what Doyle would have thought of Rathbone.

Or the deerstalker hat. Read the full story HERE>>


The Matter of the Meandering Credenza / Genre: Impossible Crime

Steve Levi

Heinz Noonan, the “Bearded Holmes” of the Sandersonville Police Department had met his match. The two were in mortal combat and it was not as if either one was besting the other. In fact, it was a stalemate in the sense both were locked in an embrace from which neither could break free or claim victory. Noonan was flexing every muscle he had and the desk drawer had managed to wedge a ruler or pen against the overhang of the desktop and was resisting what could not be described as Noonan’s herculean efforts. Read the full story HERE>>


The Matter of the Missing Floor / Genre: Impossible Crime

Steve Levi

Heinz Noonan, the “Bearded Holmes” of the Sandersonville Police Department was enjoying his first cup of coffee of the day when Harriet, his administrative assistant and office common sense matron, burst into his office.

“Day’s starting early,” she said breathlessly.

“Crime never sleeps,” Noonan said sleepily. Read the full story HERE>>


The Matter of the Larcenous Phantasm / Genre: Impossible Crime

Steve Levi

Captain Noonan, the "Bearded Holmes" of the Sandersonville Police Department, was in the process of packing for a well-earned vacation when he was stopped on the way out of his cubicle by Harriet, the office common sense maven, with a question: “What kind of a pistol does a ghost use to rob a bank?” Read the full story HERE>>


More Stories by Steve Levi

by: Title / Genre


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