"Hunters," by John M. Floyd, in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, May 2014.
So, where do you get your ideas? That's a question writers hear a lot.
One place is news stories. Sometimes I will run across some bizarre thing that actually happened and file it away, thinking, hmm, yes, that could turn into fiction.
My friend and fellow SleuthSayer, John M. Floyd, made something out of one of those news items that I never got around to, and more power to him.
Occasionally you hear about someone going on trial because they tried to hire a hitman, often in a bar, to kill someone. It seems to me that it is usually a woman trying to bump off her husband, but that might be selective memory.
And this story is about Charlie Hunter, who owns a bar in a bump-in-the-road town in Mississippi and has an envelope full of cash ready to pay the hitman he is hiring to solve his marital problem. As you can guess, things don't go according to plan.
What makes this story different is that it is not the usual bad-guy-tangled-in-his-own-web tale, but more of a mediocre-guy-with-second-thoughts affair. No heroes, not a lot of villains, and a lot of gray lines.
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Feast your eyes on the above. This is the second time I have been on the cover of a magazine, both times on Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. I am happy to report that my brother SleuthSayers bloggers, John Floyd and R.T. Lawton are also in the issue. Maybe later this year the SleuthSayers can take over a full magazine!