The entire neighborhood hates Wicked the dog. Wicked, the aptly named baggage that arrived with Ike’s daughter and granddaughter after they escaped his bastard son-in-law.
Wicked barks all the time—until the day he gets kidnapped, and the entire neighborhood spirals out of control.
“The Disappearance of Wicked,” by New York Times author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.
A man stands trial for brutally killing a 12-year-old girl. But does a trial bring actual justice? And what can a father do to deal with the horror?
A heart-wrenching story about those left behind to cope with the aftermath.
One of my own personal favorites–“The Disappearance of Wicked”–appears in the March/April edition of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. I think I like this story because I needed a writer’s office cat, so I inserted my own. The Goddess, as she appears in this story, was as she appeared in life–forever biting the hand that fed her, threatening the raccoons, and being her usual tough self. […]