The First Two Pages: R.T. Lawton’s “Black Friday”

In April 2015, B.K. Stevens debuted the blog series “The First Two Pages,” hosting craft essays by short story writers and novelists analyzing the openings of their own work. The series continued until just after her death in September 2017, and the full archive of those essays can be found at Bonnie’s website here.

This month (November 2017) the blog series relocated here at the request of Bonnie’s husband and daughter, and I’ve invited three authors to kick off these first first few installments: Robert Lopresti, Eve Fisher, and now R.T. Lawton, each of whom has blogged with Bonnie at the group blog SleuthSayers and each of whom has a story in the November/December issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine  alongside Bonnie’s own story “Death Under Construction” from her Leah Abrams series.

Here R.T. Lawton talks about his story “Black Friday”—particularly timely, as the title might suggest, and Happy Thanksgiving to all the readers here! And do check out more of R.T.’s work with e-collections at Amazon.com for Kindle, plus at Smashwords.com for other e-readers.

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Lawton Black Friday

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