A Short Story

Running out of Pain

Running can save you… or get you killed.

From the first toke to the final joke, Abelard Rahn finds trouble that has him running from pain in more ways than one. 

Poor choice of friends launches Abelard toward a crash landing into the Scioto River. Ride along as Officer Jones and Prison Guard Riley Plinters hunt Abelard through the streets of Columbus, pushing him closer and closer toward a frigid finale.

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Murder of the Prodigal Father

A Murder Mystery

A philandering son returns home to bury his father, only to find he cannot bury his father’s womanizing legacy.

When Air Force crew chief Connor Pierce returns home for his estranged father’s funeral, he hopes it will put an end to the legacy of cheating that haunts his own life–domestic unrest finds him at a family event without his wife and children. It’s a trait he inherited despite the damage it caused during his own childhood.

As he uncovers the scandalous family secrets that led to his father’s death, Connor stumbles closer to lustful abandon with his old flame, locks horns with the local law and ultimately finds himself targeted by the ruthless killer.

Can Connor come to grips with his father’s legacy of lust, before the murderer catches up with him?

Author of Mystery & Suspense Fiction

Mark Wm Smith

Hi. I’m Mark Wm Smith.

The other Mark W. Smith. The less successful one. The less factual one. The slower one.

An overeducated, blue-collar cowboy, I grew up on along the banks of the Yellowstone River in Eastern Montana. Raised by a long haul trucker and a bartending waitress, I learned the hard ways of the modern frontier, scraping life from the unforgiving high chaparral. On occasion, I lived down the street from the last whorehouse in the West, spit dust from the end of a trail drive and stood beside the hardened lawmen facing down anarchist rebels. My stories are composites of people he knows, exaggerated by the thrills of a good tale.

Murder of the Prodigal Father

It’s 1996, and Connor Pierce must leave his struggling marriage in the tropics to attend to the death of his estranged father. Can Connor survive his father’s philandering legacy?

Breaking Melancholy’s Mourning

Artie Rane buried his dream- and his good sense- with his father. A young man honors love with a clandestine mission into the Shenandoah Valley. 

Murder on the East China Sea

Before the untimely demise of his infamous father, at a strip club outside of Kadena Air Base, Japan, Connor is confronted with his first murder. Can he survive a Yakuza threat?

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