A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Short Story: "Incident at the Bridge" by Nan Hamilton

"Incident at the Bridge" by Nan Hamilton
a short story


from MIKE SHAYNE MYSTERY MAGAZINE, July, 1977, pg 84
First Sentence:  "The knuckles of his big bony hands whitened with effort as Ray Ascher carefully pulled himself up the iron ladder, favoring his bad leg."

Last Sentence:  "He saluted."

Author: I'm having a hard time finding much about the authors from this selection.  There is one author by the name of Nan Hamilton that I have been able to find.  She wrote two mystery books which featured Japanese-American characters, in the early/mid eighties.  This short story is not Japanese themed but the time-frame fits, so we may be looking at the same author.

This was a good story.  A man working the bridge house for a busy bridge in a large city suddenly seems to go round the bend.  He puts up the bridge for no apparent reason, causes a major traffic jam, locks himself into his tower office and won't have contact with anyone.  Until, once enough havoc has been caused he requests to speak to the Chief of Police only.  Upon the Chief's arrival and climb into the man's tower he proceeds to tell the Chief a story that not only amazes but impresses him.  An amateur sleuth tale well told.

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