Patti Abbott put forth a challenge last month- 1200 words, set at the zoo. More than a dozen writers, including Patti and myself, responded. Albert Tucher, Sandra Seamans, Todd Mason… check them out. Patti’s was hilarious, and I hope, historically accurate…
I am honored to appear in Spinetingler Magazine’s first Kindle issue, Winter 2012. My illustrious company includes Patti Nase Abbott, Mike Miner, Court Merrigan and Albert Tucher. Spinetingler has been around for ten years online and is a Mystery Writers of America approved venue. I highly doubt “Two to Tango” will be to the MWA’s taste, but here’s hoping that a few of them read it.
It’s one of my most polarizing stories, and while the characters are all adults, the title comes from the true closing statement of a judge who gave a child rapist a soft sentence. I learned of this judge through Alice Vachss’s eye-opening book Sex Crimes: Ten Years on the Front Lines Prosecuting Rapists and Confronting Their Collaborators, where she details how difficult it is to prosecute sex offenders in the D.A.’s office. It is out of print, but I urge you to hunt it down if you think SVU is how things play out in court.
It is a revenge story, but not a straightforward one. I’d like to hear what you think. You can’t comment on a Kindle, but you can here, and in the Amazon reviews for the magazine. I’d appreciate your feedback.