Books · Writing fiction

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.


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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