Thatís the opening to my short story, The Second Shot, part of the
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?
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.
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.
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
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