I have a new short story out. It’s called The Favor and it’s a tale of friendship (well, a sort of friendship) and murder.
The Favor is 5,600 words long and I wrote it in two or three quick flashes of typing. When writing flows like that, it’s a hell of a lot of fun. I had a few chapters in my novels, The Dead Sister and The Auschwitz Violinist, which went as fast, when the words seemed to come out of me unbidden, but it’s not always like that. Sometimes, I need to sit in the writing chair and force my fingers to move across the keys. Whether quality suffers as a result, I don’t know. I tend to think it doesn’t, but I’m still new at all this, so don’t take my word for it. What I can say is that The Favor is a fast story, one which I think you will enjoy if you like a good crime/murder story.
The narrator of the story is Mickey, a down-on-his-luck ex-con who works in a tire plant for minimal wage. Mickey is friends with Paul, a software developer who recently–while Mickey was doing time for car boosting–sold his software company for a few millions. They’ve been friends since childhood, so Mickey knows Paul very well, including his insecurities.
One such insecurity involves Paul’s luscious new wife, Lisa, whom he married shortly after he became rich. Paul is certain Lisa is cheating on him, and he expresses a desire to kill whoever her lover is. Mickey hears this, and a scheme comes to his mind, a way to relieve Paul of some of his new-found wealth.
The way the scheme unfolds, however, is not exactly what Mickey had in mind. And it leads to more twists and trouble than he bargained for.
The Favor is available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.