I'm going to keep doing stories from Mortis Operandi for the next few days until the Goodreads giveaway closes. Click said link for a chance to win a copy of the book - still two and a half days to go.
When I first saw the call for Mortis Operandi, I sat down and made a quick mental list of the kinds of crime I thought might be interesting with a metaphysical twist. Some crimes - murder, obviously - came immediately to mind. Theft. Fraud. Kidnapping. Quite a few ideas simmered, but I ended up going back to murder but decided to have the crime be attempted murder instead, and made my almost-victim someone - or something - that everyone would want dead.
Many of the crimes in the anthology were ones I hadn't thought of. Arson. Identity theft (quite literally). Mafia stories. Treason... I was really taken aback by the range, and quite happily so.
The next story deals with a rather unique theft.
"The Man in the Mirror" by Steven W. Alloway
This tale begins with a security specialist who has a rather particular quality to his name - he lost his reflection due to a rather dark bargain - and now he's got a knack for keeping things locked up and finding the holes in security. That's why he tried to convince his latest customer not to use the Sphinx (the actual Sphinx) as a guardian, and something has been stolen from beyond her gaze.
The how is one mystery; the what is another; and the ultimate solution from this reflectionless character is amusing and clever. Again, the world here is built so well in such a short amount of space. And hey - a Vegas heist? No way to resist that.