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St. Croix Noir Writing Challenge: Max Mingus, The Simons Diamonds Have Gone Missing by Thomas M. Hendrickson
It was a slow afternoon at Barker’s. Only a few couples occupied the booths along the south wall covered in old black and white photos of Hudson and the bar was deserted except for me. Snow was falling outside and through the large front window I could see the traffic was moving slowly on Second […]
Phillip Connolly, a wiry man in his forties, slouched in a chair at the anchored table in the Second Precinct’s interview room. He was smoking the stub of a Lucky Strike, waiting for trouble to find him. The door swung open and trouble in the person of Lieutenant Duncan MacIntyre entered. He was a bear, […]
Cap Daggerman slipped into chamber sixteen at the Portalis Refuge just as two goons in red jumpsuits were bagging the bodies of J457.901 and M458.902—formerly Jasper and Mara Jacobs of Salt Lake City. The goons had beat this dance so often they could sleepwalk through it. Cap had the footwork down pat, too, but he […]
I stepped out of the full moon, the blood moon, the crazy moon onto the porch. Someone had put the muzzle of a pistol against the face of the door-nob and blown out the spring lock. One shot. I pushed the door open. To my left was a grand staircase, to my right an archway. […]
St. Croix Noir Writing Challenge: From the Rubbish Bin: Case of the Misplaced Sister by D.E. Harlander
Alex Rubbish reclined in a roller chair, his feet on the desk. A swirl of smoke curled from the cigarette between two fingers on one hand. The other clutched a dirty napkin. He stared up at the pictures posted on the wall connected with bits of string trying to make sense of his latest case. […]