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Did you ever get a thorn caught under your skin? Friday Fiction

Did you ever get a thorn caught under your skin?

It hurts like hell, but you can’t get it out. That’s what Mahoney is to me: a thorn under my skin. He shouldn’t even be here. He belongs in Northampton. So why is he sticking his nose in where it don’t belong? Why is he looking to screw up another case for me?

If not for his meddling, I’d have made detective last June instead of waiting another ten months. Mahoney’s why the Doyle case went south. I could’ve had the kid for the shooting, but then he shows up with this do-gooder attitude and makes me look bad. Justice don’t give a crap about how old a person is; guilty is guilty. And that kid was guilty. I could feel it in my bones.

You know what I think? I think Mahoney’s got it in for me. Don’t ask why, ‘cause I don’t know. Maybe ‘cause I’m younger or better looking. Who knows? I really don’t care what his reason is. This much I can tell you, he ain’t getting away with it again.

Klaussner put a bullet in the punk’s head to keep him from robbing the store, and that’s all the proof I need. This kid is guilty, no question.

If Mahoney thinks I’m gonna roll over on this one, he’s got another think coming.
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About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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