“Number please?” “I’d like to make a collect call to a solo register.” “What’s the name? “Samizdat Zellner. In Chicago.” “Pass phrase, please.” “I’ll be back.” Nio heard sounds of frantic typing. “Hold please.” After […]
When I wrote Episode Four of THE MINUS FACTION back in 2015, I wondered whether a breakdown in the normal order, like a blackout, would create suspense — whether readers, who seem to live most […]
Balram was right about one thing. Sonrisa was hesitant to leave the farmhouse. She doubted she’d be allowed to return. She leaned her bike deftly into a turn, right, then left, moving through the empty […]
The neighborhood dated from the previous century. There was hardly a curb. Deep green lawns sat nearly level with the street. There were no fences. Each yard blended into the next. The Arneson house was […]
Nio adjusted the heavy bag on her shoulder as she paced around the bus stop, stepping carefully over an icy sidewalk pockmarked in frozen footprints, like the fossil of a prehistoric riverbed. It was […]
I wasn’t satisfied with my covers for FEAST OF SHADOWS, so I went back to the drawing board. I think it was worth it. Part 1 (with the old cover still) is available here.
People. That was the difference. If they had a mission, they would have put him somewhere secret, somewhere no one would see. Given him orders. When they put him in the middle of a crowd, […]