Sunday, July 12, 2015

And the winner is...

I was talking to a friend last night and the conversation suddenly led me to remember that the winning M.O. story was up at Criminal Element and I said I would post a  link here. So I got over there and read it this morning and liked it. It's a very different sort of story than the one I wrote, and, I suspect, than the other candidates. Here, forthwith, is "The Cocoon", by Louis Racovich. Congratulations, Louis.

I assume it's purely coincidence, but I got something of a consolation prize from Criminal Element the other day, in that I won a copy of Charlie Martz and Other Stories, which is a collection of the unpublished short stories of Elmore Leonard. When you consider that the entire television series of Justified came out of one Elmore Leonard story, you may agree that a Leonard story is no slight thing. So I'm looking forward to the book's arrival.

Regular service will resume shortly.


  1. Oh! I saw that Elmore Leonard book on the library NEW shelf. Must read.

  2. Thanks for the shout-out, Seana! I'm very glad that you enjoyed the story.

  3. Well, it's early work so maybe not to every fan's taste, but I happened to read the early novel The Moonshine War recently and though he developed his more dialogue driven style later, I liked it a lot. So I'm hopeful.

  4. Hi Louis, yes, you did suck us in with the beginning very effectively and there were a lot of twists and turns especially for a story of this length. Nice work!