Excerpt: Murder of the Prodigal Father
There are probably a million things that could send a commuter airplane hurtling to the earth from 18,500 vertical feet. At the moment, I was consumed with only one. A thin ribbon of auburn hair lit to a campfire ember across the aisle and one seat up from me.
Excerpt: Murder on the East China Sea
Trying to help Eugene Garboski get comfortable around women turned out to be murder. And I was the most likely victim if my wife caught a whiff of the perfume my half-naked seat mate was rubbing all over me. Every time the front door opened my body snapped eyes right…
Excerpt: Learning New Songs
Learning New Songs
The first time I heard “Jerusalem Ridge,” I was in the passenger seat of Denny Sterling’s Chevy S-10 halfway to Charlottesville, Virginia. My date was wrapped in a tarp in the truck’s bed behind us. Denny’s spicy aftershave filled the cab.
Artie Rane shuffled down Lake Avenue, the old pistol’s weight anchoring him within the edges of the sidewalk. He’d turned his denim collar high against blasts of surplus winter, and his thumb jacked the hammer inside his coat pocket.
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By Mark Wm Smith
Running out of Pain
A Short Story
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 in 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.
Sneak Preview Included
Inside “Running Out Of Pain” you will find the opening chapters of Murder of the Prodigal Father. Take a peek at Connor Pierce’s hazardous search to find his estranged father’s murderer. Can he uncover the truth before he’s arrested or killed?