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A Trace of Smoke Excerpt 21

The trial was wrapping up, so the curious were here to find out the verdict.  Luckily it was less full than the Kürten trial I’d recently covered in Düsseldorf.  For that one, people overflowed into the halls outside. I put the box on my lap and automatically […]

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A Trace of Smoke Excerpt 20

Waiting for the train, I tapped the box, anxious to know what it contained, but I dared not pull anything out here.  What if Rudolf had stuffed expensive jewelry in there?  Or cocaine?  Or a bizarre sexual instrument? I took the subway back toward the courthouse at […]

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A Trace of Smoke Excerpt 19

Still, Ernst thought those brown shirts and chocolate-colored shorts quite fetching.  He’d only dated much older men.  I had hoped that he would end up with a nice girl, in the end.  Loving men was dangerous, and I would have shielded him from that danger if I […]

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A Trace of Smoke Excerpt 18

A tiny scrap of red silk stuck out from under the flap of the box, and I stroked it with my fingers.  One of Ernst’s handkerchiefs.  I’d taught him to sew.  We’d hemmed many handkerchiefs together, always red and always, when he could afford it, silk.   […]

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Welcome to Amazon!

After all this waiting my book is finally on Amazon! I thought I’d let people see what other authors are saying about “A Trace of Smoke:” “A compelling and human story that captures brilliantly the atmosphere of Berlin during the rise of the Nazis.” —  Anne Perry, […]

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A Trace of Smoke Excerpt 17

“When did you last see Ernst?”  I tried to remember the date under the photograph.  The body was found Saturday. “Friday night.”  Rudolf sniffed.  “Not that it concerns you.  Or me since he abandoned me for that youth.” “You let him leave the bar with a stranger?”  […]

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A Trace of Smoke Excerpt 16

NEWS: I’m off to LA this week for Shriekfest! Hopefully THE HUMANITARIAN will knock ’em dead and suck their blood. Or something.  EXCERPT:I leaned backward to look at Rudolf.  Thirty centimeters taller than me, and he always stood too close.  He never forgave me for despising him, […]

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A Trace of Smoke Excerpt 15

NEWS: I just found out that my vampire screenplay THE HUMANITARIAN is a finalist in Shriekfest 2008: The Los Angeles Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festival! EXCERPT: CHAPTER 2: A burst of humid air hit my face as two teenage boys pried open the doors of the moving train.  The train […]

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A Trace of Smoke Excerpt 14

NEWS: Back to “A Trace of Smoke,” for those of you who are following the novel. I hope you liked the “Coffee” excerpt too. You should be able to get it at a bookstore near you by mid-October.  EXCERPT: Outside, a gust of wind tried to rip […]

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Coffee short story excerpt

NEWS: I just received the cover art for MISSING, the anthology where my short story COFFEE will appear in October 2008.  Today instead of more SMOKE, I decided to paste in a bit of COFFEE. Hope you like it! Comments, as always, are welcome.  COFFEE EXCERPT: It […]

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