John, my line manager told me he was going to fire Chuck,  and judging by his expression, he wondered why I wasn't happier about it. I had liked Chuck.  He ran a little league team and had sent his eldest off to college. Thirteen people die at work every day. I had been going in, … Continue reading Thirteen

Devil In The White City by Erik Larson

Synopsis: The Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and its amazing 'White City' was one of the wonders of the world. This is the incredible story of its realization, and of the two men whose fates it linked: one was an architect, the other a serial killer. The architect was Daniel H. Burnham, the driving force … Continue reading Devil In The White City by Erik Larson

Jack of Spades by Joyce Carol Oates

Synopsis: Andrew J. Rush has achieved the kind of critical and commercial success most authors only dream about: He has a top agent and publisher in New York, and his twenty-eight mystery novels have sold millions of copies. Only Stephen King, one of the few mystery writers whose fame exceeds his own, is capable of … Continue reading Jack of Spades by Joyce Carol Oates

Extremis malis extrema remedia

Nigel got out of the car, staggering already at ten in the morning with a cardboard box under his arm. The orange juice was thick and bitter on Natalie's tongue. She blinked, slow and heavy, swaying as she watched him open the door. He angered her so quickly, the difference between amicable and angry was … Continue reading Extremis malis extrema remedia

Four Ghosts

Mitch unlocked his front door with the care of a burglar. There was no one to wake but he had neighbours, The Contreraz' had young kids and tomorrow they would be awake early. He wanted to give Rosa and Paulo a break. They liked having a cop in the building, didn't comment on the first … Continue reading Four Ghosts

Consultation Paul

He explains how he will only Take cash Neat bundles in briefcases Duffel bags Insurance money His breath smells Of cinnamon Eyes like chips of glass Reflection but no light He's a beneficial accident He dreams infrequently Always of his mother But then by morning The ice is back on the lake The rot returns … Continue reading Consultation Paul