Short Story:

 

Deadly Detour

An intelligence operative’s assignment goes dreadfully wrong when a pregnant young woman abducts her at gunpoint. The strange girl takes the operative on a detour that has deadly consequences and bodes well for no one.This story was originally published in the CHESAPEAKE CRIMES anthology. It’s the only noir short story in the collection.It’s also available in the anthology, FIVE UNEASY PIECES.

 

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“In her introductory note to FIVE UNEASY PIECES, Debbi Mack claims she finds writing short stories 'difficult.' Well, you wouldn't know it from the 'pieces' themselves. Each 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

The book is available on Amazon, Nook, Kobo, Apple iBooks, Smashwords, and my online bookstore.

Praise for ‘Deadly Detour’:


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“Many short stories meander along. Deadly Detour by Debbi Mack races. With plot enough for a full-length thriller, taut writing compresses it into a story that twists and twists again to keep the reader speeding through pages.”

– 5-Star Review from Amazon Reader

Praise for Five Uneasy Pieces:


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“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.”

– Jeremiah Healy, author of OFF-SEASON and THE CONCISE CUDDY

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“FIVE UNEASY PIECES packs a nasty punch that will keep mystery fans enthralled.”

– Simon Wood, author of TERMINATED

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“All 5 of these stories offer different things; payback, bad timing, deception...but at the same time they are all identical. How? Irony. Mack's ability to smack her own characters in the face is impressive, and because she weaves a twisted tale BEFORE she does this it makes her stories even more enthralling.”

– Misty Baker

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