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Mad Blood (1)

“I only poked her a little bit, but there was mad blood everywhere.”

I read those words in a New York Times article about inmates who make incriminating statements while talking on the pay phones in Riker’s Island, the infamous jail in New York City. Who was this man? Who did he “poke” and why? What was his definition of “a little bit”? And what happened after the mad blood was spilled? To answer those questions in my own mind, I wrote the short story “Mad Blood”.

The story first appeared in the Mystery Writers of America anthology, The Mystery Box. With its themes of domestic abuse and children left to their own defenses, the story is darker than much of my work, but the characters I’ve created here, 12-year-old Trent and his little sister Ducky, are among my favorites.

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