Children’s Day

“Children’s Day”

A Miranda Corbie story and prequel to CITY OF DRAGONS in FIRST THRILLS

Sometimes a clown is just a clown …

“Stanley, whose CITY OF DRAGONS is one of this year’s most impressive books, works her magic once again in a prequel to that title.” — Joe Hartlaub,


Edited and with an Introduction by Lee Child
Afterward by Steve Berry
An International Thriller Writers Anthology

Tor/Forge Books
ISBN-13: 978-0765326485

Available in hardcover, paperback, e-book, e-book samplers, and audio

” … hands down one of the best short story collections you’re ever likely to read … a masterful collection.” (David Pitt, Booklist, starred review)

“Some of the tales presented … such as Kelli Stanley’s ‘Children’s Day’, seem destined to become classics.” (Claudette Smith, San Francisco Book Review)

Ferris Wheel on the Gayway, Treasure Island

“Children’s Day” is a haunting prequel to CITY OF DRAGONS. Set on Treasure Island, the man-made fantasy isle built for the 1939 San Francisco World’s Fair, new private detective Miranda Corbie works the “Gayway”, the amusement zone, protecting G-string queens and side-show midgets.

Then a clown steals a little girl …
and the carnival just begins.

April 3rd, 1939 is Children’s Day at the
Golden Gate Exposition

The calliope is calling …


The International Thriller Writers anthology FIRST THRILLS features a heady mix of thrilling short stories from some of the best practitioners of the art. Edited and with an Introduction by Lee Child, and with an Afterward by Steve Berry, the list of authors include: (in alphabetical order):

  • Sean Michael Bailey
  • Ryan Brown
  • Ken Bruen
  • Bill Cameron
  • Rebecca Cantrell
  • Stephen Coonts
  • Jeffrey Deaver
  • Karen Dionne
  • JT Ellison
  • Theo Gangi
  • Rip Gerber
  • Heather Graham
  • Gregg Hurwitz
  • Joan Johnston
  • Alex Kava and Deb Carlin
  • John Lescroart
  • CJ Lyons
  • Grant Mackenzie
  • Michael Palmer and Daniel James Palmer
  • Marc Paoletti
  • Cynthia Robinson
  • Karin Slaughter
  • Kelli Stanley
  • Wendi Corsi Staub