Glancing at the paper, Sato jumped up out of his chair and pounded his fist on the table. Abe, who had been climbing the steps behind the young officer, rushed into the room, startled to see the frightened young officer and the animated Sato.
A deaperate housewife. A miserable husband. Then death intervenes. Was it suicide, or murder?
Twelve stories about life, love and family. A little something for the holidays. Here's a sneak peek: The Secret Some things are best kept secret. Mothers and daughters know this. Occasionally, daughters try to keep secrets from their mothers, especially when, in the end, the joy comes from the telling. Especially at Christmas. Something seemed … Continue reading A Little Something for the Holidays
Moscow, 1991. A tumultuous summer pushes the Kremlin to the brink of chaos. The Soviet spy network begins to unravel. Rivals choose sides. Ambitious men make their move. Especially in Washington, D.C. “I hate this country.” It was said in a manner so off-handed, with a sigh so deep, Konstantin Morozov nearly made a quick feint to … Continue reading A Traitor and a Lie
In The Thief's Mistake, Shig Sato returns to Tokyo to his new life as a reluctant P.I. Things aren't going so good.
(Another chapter from The Thief's Mistake, Book 2 in the the Shig Sato Mystery series, available in ebook soon.) Shig Sato was lost, and nearly ready to admit it. He had followed Ken Abe’s directions to his new office – three blocks south from the Akasaka-mitsuke subway station, right, and walk another block, where he … Continue reading The Reluctant P.I.
My writing journey began before the dawn of my consciousness. I'm convinced of this, because I've been told I was always reading, always had a book in my hand. I remember creating stories as early as the first grade. My brother told me he has memories of me sitting in our bedroom and writing. It's … Continue reading Moms always know
Sunday, first train, 7 a.m. Standing on the train platform all alone, the attendant snoozing in the ticket box below. I was early. I felt the cold wind against my face. At that moment, I became aware of the wind chill, and my backpack burden, and the need to fill my time between now and … Continue reading Christmas on the El
She was young, and fell in love with a boy. Over time it became clear her heart was telling her this boy was the only one for her. She was a sensible girl, strong and smart, from a good family, and she knew her own mind. She knew this boy would become the man she … Continue reading This is Love
For Mike Benton, it had been a long day. From the looks of things, he did not hold out hope of it getting much better, this first day in Mountain River. He just hoped, and prayed, it wasn't a sign of things to come. He really had prayed. From his long-ago Catholic childhood he remembered … Continue reading New In Town