Oliver Dean Spencer
Oliver Dean Spencer is an international crime fiction writer based out of Montreal, Canada. His writing derives its stylistic inspiration from film noir and the hard-boiled P.I. pulp serials from the ’30s and ’50s. Some of his favourite authors include Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Ross MacDonald, Edgar Allan Poe and Phillip K. Dick. He received his (MFA) Master of Fine Arts Degree in Visual Arts from the University of Ottawa in 2010 and his (BFA) Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Concordia University, Montreal (2008). When Mr. Spencer is not working on the James Cartwright, P.I. series he spends time with his daughter, or playing chess at a local café.
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It all started when she walked into my office that night unannounced. She told me she was in trouble. So I asked what kind. She said it was of the killing kind. Wanted to know if I could be trusted. I said up to a point, depending on who got killed.
Tears had been pushing down hard across her face, smearing her coal black mascara into some sort of coded message. Her emerald eyes—speckled brown, had me pegged—like some wild deer caught by oncoming headlights, on a cold winter's night.
IT WAS ABOUT FOUR IN THE MORNING when I got the call. The phone's incessant ring—at first a distant hum, kept rising in volume—clawing at the surface of my subconscious like some crazed snow crab in a midsummer's heat wave.