Death in Nostalgia City

By Mark S. Bacon

Flash fiction: baseball

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Today’s flash fiction is a blast from the past.  As baseball season winds down, all but the pitiable D-backs fans–don’t forget the Padres and Braves–are looking to next season. So here’s a chuckle for all fans.

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Platitudinous Pronouncer

“That was a clutch hit,” said the color man. “Eaton hit a rocket. He really came to play. Showed mental toughness.”

Gawd, thought Dick, the play-by-play announcer, was that four in a row? Where’d they dig this guy up?

“You know all the clichés, don’t you, Ron?” Dick said during a commercial break, hoping he’d get the message.

“I call ‘em as I see ‘em,” Ron said slapping Dick on the back.

A week later, Ron was downcast. “They canned me,” he told Dick. “Said I was too trite. Can you beat that?”

“Your career just took a bad hop.”

‘Desert Kill Switch’ is new Nostalgia City mystery

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The life and times of stressed-out, former detective—now cabbie—Lyle Deming, and former college basketball star Kate Sorensen, will continue in 2017 with the publication of the second Nostalgia City mystery, Desert Kill Switch

Many thanks to Lauri Wellington, my editor at Black Opal Books; I’m happy to announce that Desert Kill Switch will be followed by the third mystery in the series.  (I’m keeping that title under my fedora for the time being.)

In Desert Kill Switch, Lyle finds a bullet-riddled body in the Arizona desert near Nostalgia City.  But when he returns to the scene with sheriff’s deputies, there’s no trace of the dead young man or the classic 1970s Firebird Trans Am that the victim had apparently been driving.  Was Lyle seeing things?

Desert-Kill-SwitchAt the same time, Kate, Nostalgia City’s PR VP,  is in Reno, Nev., to promote the park at a ten-day classic car festival.  Soon she’s in the middle of a local controversy involving community leaders, a sleazy Las Vegas car dealer and the state legislature.  There’s a taste of violence in the desert, a cast of quirky characters and enough plot twists to satisfy Chubby Checker. The book will be available in print and all popular ebook formats.

I’ll be posting more details as we get closer to the book’s release date.  And no, this is not what the cover will look like, but the font style is the same.

This week’s mystery flash fiction

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Today’s crime flash fiction is perhaps striking the limits of how complex a story you can adequately tell in exactly 100 words. Wish I had maybe ten more, but nevertheless, it works.

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One Jump Ahead of the Police

 Finally got a collar on that car theft ring?”

“Think so, lieutenant.  Suspect’s in interrogation.” 

“How’d you nab him, Burnside?”

“We staked out a stolen Porsche.  Thieves took it but parked it two miles away.  They do that when they think a car might have a LoJack tracking device.”

“They let it sit to see if we show up,” the lieutenant said ,  “then pick it up when they think it’s clear.”

 Burnside nodded.  “Smart, but we’re smarter.”

“Bad news,” said another detective entering Burnside’s office.  “Guy we arrested was homeless.  Got paid fifty bucks to drive it to another location.”

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