The Toluca Crime Report


Short story collection available on AMAZON  

Copyright ©2013-2015 by William P. Moore

Originally published as “Circular Afternoons” in 2009 and revised with one replacement story. Several pieces are set in Mexico, including the title story about an excursion to the Toluca marketplace. Other topics are wide-ranging, from blind love and domestic terror to sailboat romance to an imaginary game of eight-ball with Norman Mailer.

Short Stories: “Parts Department”

Paperback is for sale on Amazon. Also available as a Kindle.


Nine short fiction pieces – a mix of dark humor with a dash of surrealism. Souls adrift, the blues, and the underlying quest for home and happiness.



NOTES ABOUT THE 9 STORIES … from the author William P. Moore

1  Bayberry is a wayward character long-held in a dusty trunk, a figment on faded typing paper. In this short piece, he’s cut to size and freed to the public page, along with my abstract attempts to describe Key West.

2 – Written in appreciation of Hemingway’s “After the Storm.” I had an idea of layering, and humans living in husks or shells like a Russian doll. I use a squabbled-over domestic treasure as opposed to a sunken ocean liner.

3  “Advanced Level of Play” could have been more about Masked Man but the road led to video games and to Stan Birchard, a reclusive resident from Oceanaire, who crosses over from that novel (as do one or two others in later stories).

4 – “Along the Fall Line” is based on a vision of a pretty young woman on rollerblades, like once were in SoBe. Having the story take place in Columbia, SC was the biggest leap. The theme of “fall from grace” fit the river geography and is resonant to the storyline.

5 – “Orange Bowl Days” is an attempt is to make memorable characters in captured moments…odd moments, like Ulyanna in the bathtub studying a pharmacology book.

6 – The next two stories are tied via Teri and her mother Anna and crazy father John. As gloomy as they are, maybe some will see humor.  The niece character Shannon is a reimagined representation of a girl I knew when a teenager in Sandbridge, VA who lived in her aunt’s house that summer.

7 – Is mercifully short. A shot, so to speak, at Southern Grotesque. I liked the name of Soso as a town. Visions of a place like Soso (plus a real-life drive to Aiken on a bleak country highway) started the whole setting. The ruined scenery evoked an atmosphere of mediocrity and nihilism.

8 – “Blue Chile” takes place in an imagined version of that country. It is a morality play of sorts, involving faith, situational ethics, religion, and even a bit of sibling rivalry. 

9 – The last piece is a New Orleans vignette, a slice from an abandoned sequel. This story also has character intersections with other stories and novels. Those sort of ties matter to me, but I don’t expect readers to realize the connections; at best they raise curiosity.


Florida Hurricane Novel “Oceanaire”

Published in 2015, the novel is a prescient look at how things can be here in South FL when the Big One comes to town.

Oceanaire is about a small community of neighbors and friends in Miami over the course of a summer. The story’s hurricane sections portray the major phases the characters undergo when experiencing a storm: Apprehension, Survival, and Coping. (South Florida style with a tilt toward comedy and pathos rather than tragedy).

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    Copyright ©2015 by William P. Moore



Houston Chemical, a novel


A story of excess and alienation set in Houston in the fast pace of the 1980s. This is the re-released 2013 version with the original manuscript.

Available in paperback or as Kindle on Amazon. Also available direct from the printer/distributor Lulu Press.

“My name is Foy Dodge. Some people have mistaken my name for a car dealership and others for a town in Iowa…”