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Fear itself

by Jeff Gelb;

  Print book : Fiction  |  Warner books ed

Selected story summaries   (2018-03-23)


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by billborre

"War and Peace" by John Shirley - A cop strangles his wife and makes it look like gangsters did it so that he gets away with it but his partner figures it out. Forensics detect the same type of spray paint on the killer's shoes that was present at the crime scene but his partner perjures himself to protect him because the two of them stole over four hundred thousand dollars of drug money from the department. His partner thinks about killing the murderer because otherwise he will always have something to hang over his head but realizes if he shoots him passed out drunk in his own bed it will look like a suicide, proving that he actually did kill his wife, and consequently indicating that he did perjure himself to cover for him. He realizes the cops won't say anything about his perjury and shoots the killer in the head.

"Sewercide" by Rex Miller - The son of a serial murderer kidnaps and repeatedly rapes a pro-life woman in his lair below the sewer because he knows that she will not abort his child. When the police finally kill him and locate her they lead her up stairs out of the darkness. When she emerges into the light and hears her husband's voice she shakes free of the police to commit suicide by hurling herself over the railing.

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