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Elizabeth Heiter | When the End Is Really the Beginning

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ďGuilty.Ē

Thatís the opening to my short story, The Second Shot, part of the anthology BETRAYED, releasing in ebook next week. My heroine, seventeen-year-old Regan Adderly, has just been found guilty of murdering her abusive father. But itís really the end. Or is it?

From this scene, the story travels backward through four days of the trial, from the perspectives of others who were connected to the crime: the cop who arrested Regan on the night of the murder; Reganís dependent, drug-addicted mother; her desperate little brother; and her conniving older boyfriend. It ends a year earlier, back in Reganís perspective, with the actual crime. Along the way, the story weaves through the hours and leading up to the shooting, and asks the question: who fired the shot that killed Maxwell Adderly?

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With most mysteries, part of the joy is following alongside the protagonist, trying to figure out who did it, how and why Ė and then catch them. It was a lot of fun to turn this idea on its head, beginning with the guilty party already caught and tried, and then leading readers on a journey to determine if the verdict was right Ė and deserved.

Besides the fun (and challenge) of writing this story backward, Iím thrilled that itís part of a larger anthology focusing on crime survivors. Betrayed contains twenty-one crime thrillers (including a bonus novella from New York Times bestseller Allison Brennan) that ask: What happens when the person you trust the most betrays you? All the proceeds from the anthology will go toward organizations that support survivors of domestic violence.

You can learn more about BETRAYED here.

About Elizabeth Heiter

Elizabeth Heiter

Critically acclaimed and award-winning author ELIZABETH HEITER likes her suspense to feature strong heroines, chilling villains, psychological twists, and a little bit (or a lot!) of romance. Her research has taken her into the minds of serial killers, through murder investigations, and onto the FBI Academyís shooting range. Her novels have been published in more than a dozen countries and translated into eight languages; they've also been shortlisted for the Daphne Du Maurier award, the National Readers' Choice award and the Booksellers' Best award and won the RT Reviewers' Choice award.

The heroine of Elizabeth's Profiler novels was called "one of the most amazing characters created in print" by Fresh Fiction. Her novels have received praise from Lee Child, J.T. Ellison, Jeffery Deaver, Tess Gerritsen, R.L. Stine, Allison Brennan, Laura Griffin, Suzanne Brockmann, Hank Phillippi Ryan and ZoŽ Sharp.

The Profiler | Lawmen | Bullets and Brawn

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