“After working several odd jobs – ghostwriting erotic vampire fiction, proofreading cookbooks, and coaching the Utah Jazz – I landed a gig at an online news-magazine.” New fiction by Andy Bankin.
“He followed Tom to the safe, where he slid two hundred-dollar-bills from a stack. There was a black case sitting on the manager’s desk. Remley popped it open. Inside was a pocket watch, and a bottle of wine, and a flare gun, and….” Tom puts together one last kit in Chapter 52 of Everything And More.
“She turned from the dresser and looked at Tom, and he realized he was mistaken about her sadness. It wasn’t sadness he saw, but some deep exhaustion that had sunk into her bones.” Tom says goodbye to Ellen in this week’s Everything And More.
“This is a Degas. My mother bought it. She liked that it didn’t stand out. She liked that it faded into the background. Nobody notices a Degas, she told me. They just feel a tiny bit better in its presence.” Chapter 50 of Alex Mattingly‘s Everything And More.
“Uncle Paul glanced back. The detective was coming up the drive, and through the windshield they could see him reaching to unholster his gun. It was an awkward maneuver for a man that size in a car that small.” Chapter 46 of Alex Mattingly’s Everything And More.
“Somebody told me once it made no sense, what happened at the auction. Why would she spend all that money? Why draw all that attention? She was trying to send you a signal, wasn’t she?” Tom breaks it down for his skeptical Uncle Paul in this week’s Everything And More.
“7:00 am.: Tom makes three phone calls from his room—the first to his uncle; the second to Conrad Valiss; the third to Rosie, the cashier at the Everything Store.” The clock is ticking for our heroes in Alex Mattingly‘s Everything And More.
“What went unspoken in the living room was this steady progression of minutes–the fact that in three hours Paul Avon would return to the Everything Store and discover his office ransacked.” It’s Chapter 43 of Alex Mattingly‘s Everything And More.
“You’ll be a bigger help if you’re not bleeding all over the floor. Go on. Take this and sit down someplace until it stops.” Apparently, Tom Avon is some sort of bastion of patience and forgiveness.