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Sep.12.2008
Mystery Scene
A fascination for the odd and the obscure drives my writing.  I’m always on the lookout for strange but real occurrences that would make for a really interesting story.  When I discovered the unusual business world of viatical settlements, lightning struck and I knew I had a novel.So what are viatical settlements and what makes them so special?   In a sense,...
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Sep.12.2008
Mystery Scene
“How could I kidnap a child and get away with it?”This was probably the wrong question to ask an FBI agent right out of the gate.  The agent’s expression turned grim and his answer was clipped and a tad aggressive.  “You couldn’t.  We’d catch you.”“Yeah, but,” I said before he interrupted me.“No buts.  We’d catch you.  When a kid gets snatched, we drop...
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Dead Men Do Tell Tales
Sep.12.2008
Mystery Scene
Certain people, events and occurrences stick with me and no matter what I do, I can’t forget about them. The death of three men in Bristol, England is something I’ve never forgotten. They died a few months apart some time in the late eighties. They weren't murdered and it wasn’t accidental. All three committed suicide. What drew my attention to these men was the...