Free Fiction Monday: The Case of the Vanishing Boy

Secret Master of Fandom and Private Detective Spade gets a strange request: A tiny woman with pointed ears asks him to help her with a case at FleshCon, a California science fiction convention. 

The tiny woman turns out to be the infamous Paladin, whom Spade thought was only a rumor. Paladin needs help finding a teenage boy whom she says vanishes whenever she approaches him. 

Spade knows that disappearing teenagers only live in (ahem) science fiction novels, so he vows to do everything he can to find the missing boy—and to impress the impressive Paladin.

“The Case of the Vanishing Boy,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only. The story’s also available as an ebook through various online retailers here, and is available in ebook and trade paperback form in The Early Conundrums: A Spade/Paladin Collection.

The Case of the Vanishing Boy

A Spade/Paladin Conundrum

Kristine Kathryn Rusch


The free story will be available for one week only. If you missed this one, click on the links above. There’s another free story lurking somewhere around the site. Track the story down, read, and enjoy!  


6 responses to “Free Fiction Monday: The Case of the Vanishing Boy”

  1. Mitzy Moo says:

    I have loved your Spade stories since the first. Any fen would. Please write more Spade stories for me to enjoy and thanks for publishing the anthology.

  2. Troy Laurin says:

    FYI – the link at the bottom of your email ( is a 404 just now.

    • I’m not sure which link you mean. And…email? Please clarify, and I’ll fix it. Thanks!

      • Troy Laurin says:

        Sorry, I missed your reply before. I subscribe to these posts, and read them in email. At the bottom of many of the emails, there’s a category link as well as a link to this page:

        Kristine Kathryn Rusch | April 3, 2017 at 12:00 pm | Tags: missing children | Categories: Spade/Paladin | URL:

        It seems like the category was tweaked after the post was first created (or something along those lines?) because that “Spade/Paladin” link points to “spadepaladin”, but it looks like it should be “spadepaladin-2”. There isn’t really anything to fix per se; the link works fine in the other ones that I looked at, but something weird seems to have happened to this one.

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