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A Trace of Smoke, Excerpt 24

NEWS: “A Trace of Smoke” receives starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews.   EXCERPT: “You seem intent on hurling yourself down the stairs.”  He caught me easily and pushed his beautiful lips into a slow smile.  “Surely things cannot be so bad, young lady.” No one had […]

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A Trace of Smoke, Excerpt 23

NEWS: “A Trace of Smoke” is on page 25 of the March/April Writer’s Digest, on newsstands now. Wow!  EXCERPT: “You seem intent on hurling yourself down the stairs.”  He caught me easily and pushed his beautiful lips into a slow smile.  “Surely things cannot be so bad, […]

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A Trace of Smoke, Excerpt 22

CHAPTER 3  On Friday, before I met him, I had sketched Boris in the courtroom.  At first he had looked tender as he’d bent to talk to Trudi. His look had been so touching that I had turned to a blank page.  I sketched broad strokes with […]

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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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