The Man in the Gray Tie and Other Crimes
Trio 1 of Rising Apes, Falling Angels
It forms Trio 1 of Rising Apes, Falling Angels.
First pages - tasters!
The first pages to all my stories are now available for free online. See below.
Check out the first page of "The Man in the Gray Tie," a story of fraud and 'auctioneering,' set in the quaint English countryside.
Check out the first page of "(He) Said, (She) Said," a story of consent or lack of consent. Or was it?
Check out the first page of "The Last Page of Friendship," a story of two middle-aged women in a combative, combustible friendship. Who needs friends when you have best friends?
The Brits and Americans are as crazy as each other!
In three stories about fraud, sexual indecency and, of all things, plagiarism, Matt Fullerty has crafted three modern tales of danger, duplicity and escalating violence.
Will Doctor Sidney Holton escape a criminal gang running a secluded auction house in the English countryside? Will young city professionals Danny and Meredith agree to disagree about what happened on a fateful London night after drinking too many in the pub? Will middle-aged Seattle best buds Judy and Soo help each other get into print with the Great American Short Story—or will they just rip their typing nails into each other’s throats?
You guessed it. Sometimes, in British lives too, there are no second acts.
Matt Fullerty’s story collection The Man in the Gray Tie and Other Crimes (144 pp, $5.95/£3.95/€4.95) is released on October 29, 2015 by Parkgate Press / Dionysus Books. It forms Trio 1 of his nine story collection, Rising Apes, Falling Angels.
Patrick Willers, University of Michigan and Maxwell School, Syracuse University, says:
“‘The Man in the Gray Tie’ captures the anxiety of losing everything for a thrill. The whole premise is discomforting: the doctor despises his wife and gets his sensual thrills from bidding-up at random auctions, but just can’t curb his cunning fun. Story two, ‘(He) Said, (She) Said,’ conveys the awkwardly optimistic anticipation between two friends who meet for a drink—that game of Red-Light/Green-Light, that discomfort of ‘not knowing’ and being trapped in the ‘friend-zone.’ Finally, in a nod to Hitchcock’s Vertigo and Rope, ‘The Last Page of Friendship’ explores betrayal between best ‘frenemies,’ wannabe writers who try to control each other’s story, with horrific consequences.”
Dr. Dean Lawson, East Carolina University and the University of Alabama, says:
“The title story is reminiscent of an O. Henry story with the unexpected twists, also of the Roger Moore Bond movie Octopussy where Bond bumped up the price of a bogus Fabergé egg. The second story, '(He) Said, (She) Said,' is a human sexual roller-coaster, exploring the paradoxes of missed social cues, the characters hitting all the wrong notes in a story of guilt and shame. The third is my favorite, setting up a poisonous literary rivalry between old West Coast friends in 'The Last Page of Friendship,' and should be read with the lights off.”
Matt Fullerty lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and expanding family. The Man in the Gray Tie and Other Crimes is Trio 1 of the criminally-minded short story collection Rising Apes, Falling Angels. Matt’s novels include The Knight of New Orleans about American chess prodigy Paul Morphy and The Murderess and the Hangman about hard-drinking Kate Webster who murdered her London landlady.
The Man in the Gray Tie and Other Crimes is available to purchase at Buy Books.