My draft “Author’s Note” for the forthcoming novel Death At The Flea Circus was too long and so we cut the following paragraph. It’s a brief description of what the book is about, and so I’m giving it new life here:
The story is told in first person, mostly present tense. [spoiler deleted here]. It’s set in a sleepy California beach town, where someone is murdering 33 wayward girls visiting from Kansas, one by one. Staying at the same hotel as the girls is the enigmatic Mr. Barker, who is either a college student spending his days poolside, or a Victorian British detective investigating the crimes, or a vagrant wandering a post-apocalyptic wasteland in search of tools to repair his gun, or a mystic poet plagued by religious visions—or the killer himself. On the other hand, the entire narrative, murders and all, may simply be the macabre daydream of a young man sitting in an air-conditioned cafeteria, watching a waitress wipe down the tables.