The shadowy figure turned from his intended victim and advanced with a knife in his hand and a smirk on his face. Francis “Frankie” Ryan’s phone roused her from the same dream that had haunted her for weeks. Lieutenant Marks made a half-hearted attempt to sound apologetic. “I hope I didn’t wake you, Francis. You’ve […]
In crime fiction, the end should both surprise you and be believable. This works best if the characters are in conflict, not only with the outside world, but with themselves. I think that’s how people are in life, but in a crime novel, they’re placed in an extreme situation and so the conflicts are magnified.