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His First Kill: A Short Story
     

His First Kill: A Short Story

by John Brinling
 

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Mr. M the boy a difficult assignment. A public killing on the Fourth of July. In Vermont. Of a friend. Whom he really cared for.

A mission of great political significance he couldn’t fail to complete, because he would be assassinated if he did.

Faced with this impossible choice, the boy procrastinated until circumstances made further delay

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Mr. M the boy a difficult assignment. A public killing on the Fourth of July. In Vermont. Of a friend. Whom he really cared for.

A mission of great political significance he couldn’t fail to complete, because he would be assassinated if he did.

Faced with this impossible choice, the boy procrastinated until circumstances made further delay impossible. Then acted. Any boy of his age and experience would have done the same thing.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012638182
Publisher:
John Brinling
Publication date:
02/11/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
62 KB

Meet the Author

I have been writing all of my life. I wrote my first novel when I was sixteen. Since then, earning a living has preempted long periods of my life when I wrote very little. My wife and I are both in data processing (IT nowadays) and we usually work long hours when we are on a contract, which meant I spent little time writing fiction when gainfully employed. Writing is hard. But it’s in my DNA and I keep returning to it, despite some part of me that prefers the lazy life. However, not writing is unthinkable, and I am constantly exploring ideas even when I’m not committing them to paper.
I lived and worked in Europe for seven years. I met my wife In Italy where we both worked for the same company, and were married in 1975. The contract we were working on ended that year and we took two years off to live in England, in a 300 year old farmhouse in Wiltshire. It was in that farmhouse that I wrote “The Ghost Of A Flea,” as well as another book titled “Quarantine,” which is a science fiction thriller.
“The Ghost” has a strong autobiographical component. I was a programmer/analyst. The office ambience in the novel is similar to life in my New York office, although the intrigues were of an entirely different nature. I had a good friend who lived in Sparta. I lived for a time near the George Washington Bridge. The building manager was an Irishman, who became a good friend, and an integral character in the book.
“Quarantine” is set in East Africa, where my wife and I vacationed, and I drew liberally on what we read, saw, and experienced.
I had an agent back then who marketed both books, and came very close to selling them to both Doubleday and St. Martins. Unfortunately he died before completing the sale and I put the books on a shelf and forgot about them for 35 years. Only this year did I resurrect them and publish them as ebooks.

I wrote several short stories several years ago that I am publishing this year. The first is titled: His First Kill.

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