Thursday, 28 November 2013
STEPHEN JAY SCHWARTZ - CROSSING THE LINE (SHORT STORY)
Crossing The Line is a short story which introduces the reader to Hayden Glass who is the anchor in Schwartz's two novels; Boulevard.and Beat. Glass is a detective in the Robbery-Homicide department of the LAPD. Hayden endeavours to fight crime and corruption whilst battling his own issues with sex-addiction.
I have the two novels lying on the shelves of unread masses and I have provisionally pencilled in Boulevard to fill the Californian slot of my US State Reading Challenge for 2014.
Ever the completist, I was always puzzled by the mentioning of Crossing The Line on the bibliography page for the author on the Fantastic Fiction, particularly as the "book" seemed conspicuous by it's total lack of availability anywhere. In the end I e-mailed the author to query it.
A day later Stephen responded explaining the origins of Crossing The Line and attaching the story for me to read. I do like it when an author takes the time out to answer a question. It kind of makes me feel more inclined to take notice of their work.
The author is currently working on a standalone thriller set in Amsterdam with a young FBI agent and there is a third Hayden Glass book on its way - presently a work in progress.
As for Crossing The Line..........interesting, gritty, dark and dirty - Glass' job exposes him to the seamier ugly side of LA. Just 20-odd pages of prose and I want to read more about Glass. Hopefully soon.
I can rate this story/book on Amazon and Goodreads, so I'm kind of inclined to include it in my reading figures for the month and year. It's my rules so there and as I'm up on my personal target anyway the inclusion doesn't make a difference either way.
4 from 5
Story was obtained from the author.