Five Uneasy Pieces

Five Uneasy Pieces

by Debbi Mack

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The short stories in this novella-length collection share the theme of having an odd twist or edginess that makes them gritty, slightly off-balance or unusual. They represent a range of genres from hardboiled mystery to noir to parody. Altogether, this collection has something for everyone who enjoys dark or edgy crime fiction.

Includes a bonus short story.


"FIVE UNEASY PIECES packs a nasty punch that will keep mystery fans enthralled." --Simon Wood, author of TERMINATED

"In her first collection of short works, FIVE UNEASY PIECES, 2010 Derringer Award nominee Debbi Mack creates modern-day noir worlds where voyeurism and sleuthing are as natural to its inhabitants as breathing. Never content to leave well enough alone, Mack's fascinating cavalcade of off-kilter protagonists spy and insinuate themselves into other people's lives – to mostly tragic effect. Recommended." --J.T. Cummins, author of COBBLESTONES

"Each [story] rings true as a tuning fork, whether for dialogue, setting, or depth. A lean collection of gems." --Jeremiah Healy, author of OFF-SEASON and THE CONCISE CUDDY

"Mack really packs twists and surprises into these five shorts." --C.J. West, author of THE END OF MARKING TIME

1."Deadly Detour" -- A female spy's assignment goes horribly wrong when a pregnant young woman abducts her at gunpoint. The strange girl takes the woman on a detour that has deadly consequences and bodes well for no one.

2. "The Right to Remain Silent" -- Dan Marinelli is a prosecutor who smells something off about the case he just won. Finding out the truth leads to more trouble than he bargained for.

3. "A Woman Who Thinks" -- Dr. Morris Fein wants to help his therapy patient, Lila, with her debt problem. However, Lila has an agenda they haven't discussed during their sessions. One that doesn't bode well for the good doctor.

4. "The People Next Door" -- When you live a cheap apartment with thin walls, what you overhear or notice about the neighbors may be cause for alarm. Especially if your spouse eggs you on about it to the point you have to prove it: a philosophy that doesn't always pan out well.

5. "Sympathy for the Devil" -- When the beautiful, but naïve, Lainie thinks her husband's cheating on her, she tries to hire a cheap private eye straight out of Central Casting. Lainie's situation takes an even more unfortunate turn when she returns home to find her husband in bed, but not sleeping or with another woman.

The BONUS sixth story is a send-up of numerous Alfred Hitchcock films. How many references can you find?

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940012292506
Publisher: Renegade Press
Publication date: 11/28/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Debbi Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sam McRae Mystery Series. Her short stories have appeared in various anthologies and other publications. In 2010, Debbi's short story "The Right to Remain Silent" was nominated for a Derringer Award. Debbi is an aspiring screenwriter and filmmaker. Among her many interests, she enjoys baseball, travel, taking walks, reading, movies, bicycling, cats and chocolate (not necessarily in that order).

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