The Chalk Outline

The chalk outline is a well-established element in crime fiction. It was a natural choice for the name of my blog.

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In my first book, Who is Killing Doah’s Deer?, high school science teacher Bill Wehnke (who is having an affair with the Mayor’s wife) is found dead on a back road in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, dressed only in his chili-pepper boxer shorts. By the time Mayor “Big Jim” Donovan goes out to take a first-hand look at the crime scene, the body has already been removed, replaced only by a chalk outline. Unable to avoid imagining Bill, naked, save for his boxer shorts, the Mayor gets a can of paint and paints Bill, fully-clothed in a blue suit, inside the chalk outline.

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