Dominick Prince has been a magnet for trouble his entire life. A series of poor life choices and their violent consequences have crushed his spirit. Desperate to outrun this burgeoning rage before it fully consumes him, Dominick accepts an offer he doesn’t trust from an old high school classmate. Dutchy Kent says he wants to make one last-ditch effort to prove his acting chops by mounting the New York City debut of a play based on one of Dominick’s stories, but the true story involves the real estate empire of a notorious Queens drug dealer and $1.2 million in cash. Dutchy would love to find that cash, but he needs someone else to do the dirty work, someone who attracts trouble and is easily manipulated.
Unfortunately for Dutchy, the Dominick he knew in school is gone. The Dominick who shows up at his office is bitter, twitchy, and repulsed by the trash heaps and junk yards of Long Island City that don’t fit into his vision of a New York debut. None of that matters to Dutchy though who continues with his scheme, unaware that every insult, every passive aggressive comment, and every physical intimidation pushes Dominick one step further toward his rapidly approaching breaking point.
NEW SHORT STORIES FROM BRYON
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- First Writing Session of 2020 - The first writing session of the year resulted in a net of 220 words. The last couple weeks of December and the first week or so of January were spent working on an outline for the secret project, and now that’s out the door so I had some time to work on this bit of […]
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- 2020 Awards Consideration Post - If you’re voting for crime fiction awards in 2020, I’d love for you to consider my short story “Mercenary” from the anthology Murder A-Go-Gos edited by Holly West. I think this is the best short story I have ever written and think it’s themes about race and opioid abuse and masculinity are very timely. Other […]