A Warm Place

I never could escape this place. After so many years, I stopped caring; unable to go forward, I just retreated into my books and online distractions.…


Saxum Tarpeium

Officer Collins sucks down the last puff of his cigarette thinking, It’s going to be another long-ass night. At least I’m not on patrol anymore. He…


La Cazadora

Richard Garcia watches block after block of crumbling brick row homes. Industrial buildings pass the rented Chevy Suburban. It is silent except for…


Our Lady’s Bees

A brisk cool evening wind snatches the day’s warmth. Gathering it up from the Earth, the wind tosses it to the sky. Trees on the Île de la Cité wave…


Sub Neon

A languid summer’s rain pours from the sky. The evening advances, the temperature drops, the neon glow of Sixth Avenue adds an illusion of warmth to…


Mylingar

Detective Krauss shifts carefully in his rooftop hide. The day’s heat has left the tarpaper tacky. Scanning the back lot of the women’s health clinic…


Among the Creatures of the Night

Detective Krauss sits in front of his laptop, finger poised over the mouse button, ready to open an email. The email contains a department-wide…


White Letters

The clink and clatter of heavy china and silverware underlies a dull roar. Dozens of people talking: aunts and uncles, parents and grandparents,…


Dødningeknip, Part 2

Day 5: Sunday Detective Krauss surveys the scene. In full lighting, the inside of a strip club looks like absolute shit. Gaudy colors and dingy…


Dødningeknip, Part 1

Night 1: Wednesday Kai stops. Kai stares long and hard from his porch. There is a man, a white man, standing under a streetlight staring at his…