He’s the head writer at Crime Scene (where viewers solve interactive mysteries) and a popular writing instructor.
For more information, you can visit his website, www.stephendrogers.com, where he tries to pull it all together.
SHOT TO DEATH contains thirty-one stories of murder and mayhem. “Terse tales of cops and robbers, private eyes and bad guys, with an authentic New England setting.” – Linda Barnes, Anthony Award winner and author of the Carlotta Carlyle series
“SHOT TO DEATH provides a riveting reminder that the shortstory form is the foundation of the mystery/thriller genre. There’s something in this assemblage of New England noir to suit every aficionado. Highly recommended!” – Richard Helms, editor and publisher, The Back Alley Webzine –
‘Wishbone Lane was a dead-end road, the last property a restored farmhouse used to rehabilitate kennel dogs.’ – A DOG NAMED MULE
So begins one of the 31 stories contained in SHOT TO DEATH (ISBN 978-0982589908). Within that beginning lurks the ending to the story and everything that happens between the beginning and the end. Or at least it seems that way to me.
The composition of that opening sentence intrigues me. Thephrase “dead-end” is buried in the middle rather than appearing in the power position at the end, but the awkward structure of the second half of the sentence seems to keep urging the phrase forward.
Rehabilitated? Nope, a dead end.
Even the word“used” (employed for a purpose) is tinged with shades of “secondhand.”
The idea of rehabilitating kennel dogs (whatever that means)sounds so noble and selfless. How can there be any money in it? But all that “dead-end” negativity. Either all is not as it seems or things are going to end badly. Or both.
Two people each take an end of a wishbone andpull; the one who ends up holding the longer piece gets their wish. A wishbone thus promises both hope and conflict fueled by scarcity. For there to be a wishbone, a creature must die. (Not the dog, however, since I just lost one.)
So we have a setting and two characters competing for a finalresult, loads of negativity balanced by a sprig of hope. All that remains is the writing.
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