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Polis Books (2016-06)
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MS: Complete Edited
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Thriller / suspense fiction


by Abbott, Patricia

SHOT IN THE DARK is a riveting novel of psychological suspense, Patricia Abbott continues to reveal herself as one of our very best writers of the darkness that lies within the human heart.

Violet Hart is a photographer who has always returned to cobble out a life for herself in the oddly womblike interiors of Detroit. Nearing forty, she’s keenly aware that the time for artistic recognition is running out. When her lover, Bill, a Detroit mortician, needs a photograph of a body, she agrees to takes the picture. It’s an artistic success and Violet is energized by the subject matter, persuading Bill to allow her to take pictures of some of his other “clients,” eventually settling on photographing young, black men.

When Violet’s new portfolio is launched, she quickly strikes a deal, agreeing to produce a dozen pictures with a short deadline, confident because dead bodies are commonplace in Detroit and she has access to the city’s most prominent mortician. These demands soon place Violet in the position of having to strain to meet her quota. As time runs out, how will Violet come up with enough subjects to photograph without losing her soul or her life in the process?

Patricia Abbottis the author of more than 100 stories in print, online, and in various anthologies, includingNeedle Mag, The Thrilling Detective, Plots With Guns, Spinetingler,andThugLit.In 2009 she won a Derringer Award for her storyMy Hero. She is the author of two ebooks of stories:Monkey JusticeandHome Invasion(through Snubnose Press). Her debut novel,Concrete Angel,was released by Polis Books in summer 2015. She is the coeditor ofDiscount Noir(Unteed Reads).

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Perceptive…makes some telling points about the sometimes questionable relationship between art and morality.

Review: Publishers Weekly

An assured mystery centering on artistry and the price that can be paid for it.

Review: Booklist

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