My friend John Shepphird, who I met at the 2012 Bouchercon convention in Cleveland, is a pretty accomplished guy. He's a writer and director of TV films including Jersey Shore Shark Attack and Chupacabra: Dark Seas for SyFy Channel. He also happens to be nominated this year for the Shamus Award in the Best P.I. Short Story category. The story is "Ghost Negligence", and it appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, the 2012 July/Aug Double Issue. The story introduces reformed swindler Jack O'Shea hanging his PI shingle as a deception specialist. It's the first, I'm sure, in a series.
Even though John seems like quite a straightforward guy to me, his mystery fiction largely centers around "the art of deception" featuring con men (and women) and/or victims of fraud. Come to think of it, when I see him this year at Bouchercon, I may have to keep a closer eye on what he's doing. The Shamus winners will be announced at the PWA Banquet at Bouchercon in Albany, New York, on Friday, September 20.
Anyway, "Ghost Negligence" is a good story, full of surprises, and worth checking out. It's available now via an Alfred Hitchock Mystery Mag podcast. If you have a few minutes, give it a listen.......
The story's here:
Ghost Negligence Podcast