When you write a novel, peripheral characters often ask you to tell their side of the story. At times their voices are so loud and persistent in your head that they are hard to ignore. Six Degrees grew out of this and my desire to play with the short story form as well as try my hand at Flash Fiction.
In these vignettes (ranging in length from 300 - 2000 words) several peripheral characters from Six Dead Men and its prequel, Palindrome, tell the reader what they think of the Deed family (mum – Rowena, Dad – Arthur, son – Robert). Sometimes the Deeds get to say their piece too. There are also hints of things to come in Palindrome (due to be published Easter 2018). So as one of my favourite poets would say: read “wid de whole of yu eye”.
Six Dead Men
Snapshots of six dead men – their lives steeped in squalor. Six lives extinguished in mysterious circumstances. In life they infected what they touched and in death they continue to wreak havoc. Let’s move on to Detective Inspector Robert Deed. Even contemptible men deserve to have their deaths explained. Don’t they? So reasons our detective. And he has a suspect in his sights – Madison Bricot.
But what about Madison? She just wants to live the normal life of a twenty-six year old. Now her boyfriend is dead and she’s not quite sure how she should feel. And during her interrogation with Detective Inspector Robert Deed she senses his conviction of her culpability. Why would he think such a thing?