Crime Fiction Friday: “A Shortage of Things To Say” by Albert Tucher



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In honor of the great American holiday of Spring Break, we thought we would give you a tropical vacation, with a murder of course, this week. Albert Tucher’s short story in Spintingler is a great use of character and location. Grab a Mai-tai, read, and enjoy.

“A Shortage of Things to Say” by Albert Tucher

‘”Interesting,” said the fisherman.

“How is it interesting?” said Coutinho.

It struck him as anything but.

“You could say that’s the southernmost dead man in the United States.”

Coutinho got the joke. No one who drove through the nearby town of Na’alehu could miss the signs in every window:

“The Southernmost Restaurant in the United States.”

“The Southernmost Bar.”

“The Southernmost Gas Station.”

Take that, Key West.’

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Crime Fiction Friday: “Crossing Traffic” by Sean McCluskey


Spinetingler Online Magazine has become a favorite site for all that is crime fiction. It has great reviews and interviews, as well as short fiction from up-and-coming talent. Recently, Spinetingler posted this piece by Sean McCluskey. McCluskey shows great skill in dropping just the right amount of information at the right time with his story of these two well-matched adversaries facing off.

Crossing Traffic” by Sean McCluskey

“He’s not a cop, even though he wants me to think he is. I know that as soon as I open my front door and see him standing there in his sport coat and khakis, holding up his badge.

He’s standing right in front of the door. Real cops don’t do that. They stand off to one side, so you can’t shoot them through the mail slot or the peephole or whatever. His badge gleams, inside a buttery-smooth leather wallet that definitely hasn’t been hauled out of pockets over and over for years. The picture on his ID card is recent. Like, I think he’s wearing the same necktie recent. Like, I think he has the same shaving cut on his chin recent. And the lettering on the card is blurry. Cheap printers do that when the heads get dirty…”

Read the rest of the story.