Yes yes yes. We got a prize with this one. Ms. Chen, whose story The Donut Dealer was a big hit in All Due Respect #6, has written an elegant yet down-and-dirty noir and was nice enough to submit it to US. Wow. You, dear readers, will be able to get your hands on it next Spring.
Among the many things I love about it is the accurate depiction of the Redondo/Hermosa/Manhattan Beach locales of LA’s South Bay.
Life is an endless party for restaurant manager, Finn Roose. When he seduces an underage woman on one of his infamous booze cruises and loses her—literally, it sets off a massive search involving the police, her parents, and a private investigator. Finn spins lie after lie to stay out of trouble, and it’s not until his best friend suffers the consequences does he scramble to set things right. But this may be too much to ask from a guy who can’t resist a hot babe or a good time.
Sarah M. Chen has worked a variety of odd jobs, usually all at once, ranging from studio script reader to bartender. She continues this trend today as an indie bookseller, transcriber, and private investigator assistant. Sarah’s crime fiction short stories and flash fiction have appeared online and in several anthologies, including All Due Respect, Akashic’s Thursdaze series, Plan B magazine, and the Sisters in Crime/LA anthology, Ladies Night. Her noir novella, Cleaning Up Finn, proves she can write something over 6,000 words. www.sarahmchen.com.