Greed and sub-rosa ambitions, leading to intrigues and murders, drive these two mystery novellas.The Individiatrist involves an initial lark by a young man that evolves into an enveloping scam as the new “discipline” is taken over by the Mob for money-laundering purposes. Absorbed into the criminal world through his marriage to a mobster’s daughter, the young man gets caught up in a scheme that he fights to escape.In Deceit For Dinner a young newspaper editor ambitious to start his own publication is a suspect in the murder of the paper’s publisher. Other suspects include the publisher’s estranged wife and son. Detectives investigate a mysterious tourism development plan in Mexico which leads to more suspects and murders as well as a complicated job offer.Both novellas capture the lures of making money and a name for yourself-despite the cost.
Death by decapitation of a public relations executive at a hotel opening, deaths by poison darts used by grannies against political/cultural foes, and multiple deaths from a lethal eugenics program by an otherwise normal-looking department store all provide a crime-related mystery link between three exciting novellas.In each novella, the characters come up against a nemesis from unexpected sources, experience a series of violent events, and are finally forced to confront surprising twists.
Two high school teachers become vigilantes.A pair of high school teachers kill a trio of financial wrongdoers and paste a summary paper judgment stating “The Consumer” on the victims’ foreheads. But when they cease their vigilante acts, due to social changes in their lives, they are faced with a copycat killer who has different motives. Now they must decide whether to try and foil this less principled killer at the continuing risk of being caught themselves.