Bryon Quertermous - Riot Load & Patricia Abbott – Shot in Detroit
Bryon Quertermous was born and raised in Michigan. His short stories have appeared in "Plots With Guns, Thuglit, " and "Crime Factory, " among others, and in the anthologies "Hardcore Hardboiled, The Year's Finest Crime, Mystery Stories, " and "Uncage Me." He was shortlisted for the Debut Dagger Award from the UK Crime Writers' Association. He lives outside of Detroit with his wife and three children.
Patricia Abbott is the author of more than 100 stories in print, online, and in various anthologies, and she won the Derringer Award for her story My Hero. She makes her home in Detroit. Visit her online at pattinase.blogspot.com and follow her at @pattinaseabbott.
Dominick Prince went through hell to make his dreams come true. He finally has a book deal, time and money to write whatever he wants, and a marriage to his college crush with a child on the way. But instead of working on his next book, Dominick spends his days as a mindless office drone at the university cancer center while his wife chases bail jumpers. When an old friend reappears to call in a favor, Dominick sees an opportunity for a little excitement.
The plan seems simple enough. Dominick will use his access at the hospital to help his friend steal the last remaining piece of her murdered lover: a sperm sample left during prostate cancer treatment. Standing in their way are a pair of brothers who find kidnapping potential children far superior to kidnapping actual children, and Dominick’s wife who has her own plans for the sample. Torn between his wife’s wrath and the debt he owes his friend, Dominick taps into the most devious parts of his crime fiction training to write himself a proper ending where he saves the day, saves the girl, and lives to write another day.
Violet Hart is a photographer who has always returned to cobble out a life for herself in the oddly womblike interiors of Detroit. Nearing forty, she's keenly aware that the time for artistic recognition is running out. When her lover, Bill, a Detroit mortician, needs a photograph of a body, she agrees to takes the picture. It's an artistic success and Violet is energized by the subject matter, persuading Bill to allow her to take pictures of some of his other clients, eventually settling on photographing young, black men.
When Violet's new portfolio is launched, she quickly strikes a deal, agreeing to produce a dozen pictures with a short deadline, confident because dead bodies are commonplace in Detroit and she has access to the city's most prominent mortician. These demands soon place Violet in the position of having to strain to meet her quota.
As time runs out, how will Violet come up with enough subjects to photograph without losing her soul or her life in the process? A riveting novel of psychological suspense, Patricia Abbott continues to cement herself as one of our very best writers of the darkness that lies within the human heart.