Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Beach Read: "Remaindered" by Lee Goldberg

Quick read day—a short mystery that preys on the fears of all writers—that of being a one-book wonder. 

Story Title:  “Remaindered”  A Top Suspense Short Story
Author:  Lee Goldberg
Genre:  Mystery
Setting: Spokane, WA
Format:  Free e-download
Pages:  16
Publication date:  Jun, 2011
Publisher:  Top Suspense Books
Opening Line:  The voice of a new generation sat the end of aisle 14, where the housewares department ended and the book section began. 
Favorite Passage:  Kevin set out to prove them wrong and started writing a new novel.  In the meantime, his enthusiastic spending caught up with him, forcing him to downsize.  He traded his house for an apartment and the Beamers for Daewoos, assuring his furious wife he’d buy it all back with the big money from his third book. 

Beach Read Rating:  5 out of 5 Beach Umbrellas

Review:  From an authors perspective, sitting in a K-Mart in Walla Walla, Washington at a book signing is about as scary as it gets!  Throw in a psychotic fan and a brutal murder, and pepper it with a wry sense of humor, and you’ve got a truly gripping read.  Bonus points for the brevity.  And if you don’t have a Kindle for download and the premise intrigues you, you’ll be happy to know that Lee Goldberg directed a short film based on the story.  You can view it here:  The password is, in all caps:  DANGLER

Flap Copy:  Kevin Dangler is a once-famous author desperate to regain his lost glory while traveling the back-roads of middle America, selling remaindered, fifth-edition of his first book out of the trunk of his car.,  Along the way, he meets his ultimate fan—who might be is salvation—or perhaps a novel way to die.
          This story was an Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Choice Award finalist and has previously appeared the anthologies "Three Ways to Die” and “Top Suspense.”  

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