Small towns have always been thought of as sleepy places where nothing bad ever happens. Everyone knows each other. In these peaceful close-knit hamlets untainted by big-city crime, people look out for their neighbors. There’s a strong sense of community. In small towns you can leave your doors unlocked and your windows wide open. However, this wholesome idyllic image doesn’t always square with reality. Small towns might look and feel safe, but statistics show this isn’t really true. Whether it’s murder, kidnapping, shooting rampages, or violent robbery, bad things can and do happen in small towns all over the world.The Best New True Crime Stories: Small Towns will contain quality non-fiction accounts covering various geographical locations and time frames. The anthology will feature international writers of true crime, crime journalism, crime fiction and experts in the field.